Rainbow Bee-eater by David Ong

To many people, birding may seem an unfathomable pastime.

Birding may conjure up images of someone feeding magpies or looking through binoculars at birds in an urban park. Such images of a bird observer may not be accurate.

Perhaps there are as many reasons why people are interested in birding as there are birders.

Some birders wish to see bird species they have not observed before, even if this means travelling to various parts of the country at short notice or trudging through swamps.

Some birders enjoy roughing it, camping in a tent in the remote outback, so that they can see the birds of that region.

Others travel about birding from early morn to dusk but, at night, prefer the comforts of a motel.

Some birders go on a small fishing boat into rough seas to observe seabirds ('a pelagic') whilst others rarely travel far from home.

Some attend birding outings and camps largely for social reasons; some prefer to bird alone.

Apart from conducting surveys, birders are often involved in habitat restoration or protection work.

This sometimes puts birders offside with those who wish to damage bird habitats, e.g. some housing estate developers and some mining companies.

If action is not taken to protect the habitats of birds, bird watching will be more difficult and less enjoyable. That is why more and more stress is being placed on 'conservation' and 'education'. The merger of Bird Observation & Conservation Australia and Birds Australia (to form BirdLife Australia) may further the cause of bird conservation, education and observation.

Birding helps one to better appreciate the natural environment and the inter-relationship between plants and animals.

Birds are flagships, indicators of the environmental health of any area. Diminishing numbers of wild birds indicates that the environment is not in a healthy state (e.g. due to the clearing of bushland or interfering with tidal flats). A high diversity of bird species ~ and good numbers of each species ~ indicates good environmental conditions. Bird numbers rise and fall according to how good weather and climatic conditions have been.

Horsfields Bronze
Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo (Murray Chambers)

Becoming a BirdLife Australia member enables you to receive a quarterly magazine, email updates and information about BirdLife outings, camps and meetings in various parts of Australia.

By joining BirdLife Australia, you are assisting in the conservation of Australia's birds and bushland.

Convener: Ben Goonan
Deputy Convener: Marian Hill
Secretary: Keith Stockwell
Assistant Secretary: Peter Elliott
Facebook Moderator: Peter Elliott
Treasurer: Simon Starr
Conservation Officer: Simon Starr
Committee member: Ken Dredge
Committee member: Maureen Dredge
Fuel-reduction Burns lobbyists: Pam and John Land




BS Kite
Black-shouldered Kite (photo: Murray Chambers)

BirdLife Echuca District aims to serve BirdLife members who live in north-central Victoria and southern New South Wales.

Our district covers Edward River Shire (Deniliquin-Conargo), Murray River Shire (Moama-Mathoura-Wakool-Barham), Campaspe Shire (Echuca-Rochester-Lockington), Gannawarra Shire (Kerang area), Loddon Shire, City of Greater Bendigo and surrounding areas.


Coming outings and events



Departure time and place



Sunday 9th July BOORT 8.50 for 9am in car park outside Boort Caravan Park (opposite BP service station) BOORT Malcolm Cousland Map 593
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Saturday 12th August RUSHWORTH & WHROO Meet 8.50 for 9am in car park near old railway crossing, centre of High Street RUSHWORTH Greg Buzza

Map 598 D10 (Edition 7)

Sunday 13th August Quarterly Loddon Plains Landcare Network (LPLN) bird surveys Transects allocated by LPLN Facilitator. Email Branch Secretary if you are prepared to assist (e.g. in Terrick Terrick National Park). James Nelsson  
Sunday 3rd September WIRRATE/MOUNT BLACK Meet 8.50 for 9am at house of Rattana & Manfred Ruff, 174 Mount Black Quarry Road WIRRATE Rattana and Manfred Ruff Map 46 A6
(Edition 7)

In addition to the above outings, we also conduct bird surveys and advise members of other birding events in our district. More information about forthcoming camps, outings and events is contained in our latest Plains-wanderer newsletter. Alternatively, click on the Coming Events button above.

Friends of the Terrick Terrick National Park Inc. has received a $22,000 Australian government grant to help protect the critically-endangered Plains-wanderer. In breaking news, the Victorian government has allocated $300,000 to help protect this critically-endangered bird.

Kamarooka outing
19 birders attended our Kamarooka outing on 3rd June. Over 75 bird species were observed, mostly bush birds. For more information, download a copy of our latest newsletter.

Mallee outings
Early in May, BirdLife Echuca district ran a number of consecutive outings in the Victorian Mallee. 18 of our members attended one or more of the outings. A similar number of members from other BirdLife branches joined us, as did a number of BirdLife Mildura members on one of the outings. See our latest newsletter for an outing report with photographs.

Gunbower Camp
In late March, more than 40 BirdLife members attended a camp at "TreeTops" begtween Cohuna and Barham on Gunbower Island. 149 bird species were observed during the week-long camp

Downloadable birding site guides
The branch has a number of birding site guides that can be downloaded from this site. These gjuides may assist birders who wish to visit our district. There is separate A4 brochure on each of the following areas: Barmah Forest, Mathoura-Gulpa Island, Terrick Terrick National Park, Echuca Moama, Perricoota Road, Kanyapella-Wyuna, Kamarooka, Gunbower Island, Deniliquin, Bendigo, Cohuna, Kerang and Boort.

In addition, printed brochures on the birds of our district may be collected free-of-charge from Echuca Moama Visitor Information Centre or Mathoura RTC or Torrumbarry Weir Kiosk or from Gannawarra Shire offices. We have a plentiful supply of brochures should other outlets wish to distribute same.

Members are invited to join our Facebook page and/or our district email sightings tree. Contact our Secretary for more information.

Make the most of your membership
District members who wish to be advised of forthcoming events by email should supply an email address to head office (or to our branch secretary). Occasional email updates are sent, often at the beginning of a month. We also email members a copy of our quarterly newsletter, Plains-wanderer. Head office has advised us that they will no longer mail our newsletter to district members. Branch members need to send a business-sized stamped, self-addressed envelope to the Branch Secretary if they wish to receive a hard (printed) copy of our latest newsletter.

This page was last updated on 9th June 2017.