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  • Australian Pelican (Image ID 19881)

    Australian Pelican.   Photographer: Rob Parker

  • Pied Stilt (Image ID 31025)

    Pied Stilt.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Radjah Shelduck (Image ID 29491)

    Radjah Shelduck.   Photographer: Gary King

  • Variegated Fairy-wren (Image ID 33027)

    Variegated Fairy-wren.   Photographer: Richard Smart

  • Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Image ID 24976)

    Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater.   Photographer: Sandy Castle


Initial Registration and Payment

Registration for this event has now closed.

Session Selection

Please download and fill out a Session Selection form for each person attending.  Providing us with your Session Selection form allows us to allocate appropriate space at the campus for each session.  If we don’t receive your session selections then you will be allocated to a session. Session Selection forms should be emailed or posted, as for Registration forms.  We will make every endeavour to allocate you with your session selections and we have planned for the expected numbers, however, there may be some instances where this is not possible.

The Digiscoping Session has very limited numbers, once this number is reached anyone wishing to attend will be placed on a waiting list. Should your Digiscoping selection be unsuccessful we will contact you to request an alternative session selection.

Registration on arrival in Geelong

To register your arrival for the weekend and to collect your name tag etc. a registration desk will be available at the Deakin University Waterfront Campus from 5:00pm to 6:00pm on Friday 10th March, 2017, and then at the Wharf Shed Café from 6pm until 7pm; the registration desk will also be open on Saturday 11th March from 8:00am.  Enter via the second entrance on Gheringhap Street (past the Cube entry).

After Friday night registration we hope that you, and your partner, will join us for an informal get-together and drinks at the Wharf Shed Café, 15 Eastern Beach Road, Geelong from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.  The Wharf Shed Café is about 500 meters east of Deakin University Waterfront Campus, towards Eastern Beach, and before Royal Geelong Yacht Club.


Dinners will be held at the Wharf Shed Café, Eastern Beach Road, Geelong.  There will be a Welcome Dinner, following on from the informal get-together, on Friday 10th March 2017 commencing at 7:00pm; and a Farewell Dinner on Sunday 12th March commencing at 7:30pm.  These dinners are now fully booked.

There is a set menu with around 10 choices that can be selected from on the night. The set menu includes gluten-free, lactose-free and vegetarian options. For those with stricter dietary requirements a selection is possible from the Wharf Shed Café’s a la carte menu.

The Wharf Shed Café is fully licenced.

Weekend Presentations

Our weekend of presentations and workshops will be held at the Deakin University Waterfront Campus, Geelong. Entry is the second entry point on Gheringhap Street (past the Cube entry). The morning seminars on both days will be held in the Percy Baxter Theatre.

Parking in General Parking Permit Zones (White bays) after 5:30pm on weekdays and on weekends is free.

Morning tea will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 12th at the lunchtime break and anyone attending will be provided with a complimentary lunch. Please indicate your attendance on the Session Selection sheet to allow for catering.

Should you require, there is a café/restaurant within the University campus and many eateries nearby.


Western Treatment Plant

The Western Treatment Plant is a premier birding location in Victoria, with an impressive species list on eBird of over 260 species; it is a location where Brolgas breed, Orange-bellied parrots visit in winter and rarities are sometimes sighted.  None of these are likely on the days we intend to visit, however, it is still well worth a visit.

Outings to the Western Treatment Plant are planned for Friday 10th and Monday 13th with the option of a Full Day, Morning or Afternoon visit. More information is available on the Western Treatment Plant Outings page, where there is also a link to register for these outings.

Local Outings

Outings around the local Geelong area have been organised for Thursday 9th, Friday 10th (as an alternative to the Western Treatment Plant), Saturday afternoon 11th, Sunday afternoon 12th, Monday 13th (again as an alternative to the Western Treatment Plant) and Tuesday 14th March.

Details of these outings have been emailed to all registered attendees.  You can register for these outings here.  Should you have any queries about these field trips please contact Ian Smissen.

Pelagic trip from Port Fairy

We are sorry to announce that the proposed pelagic trip from Port Fairy on March 14th has been cancelled.  Unfortunately the boat, Perceive, long used for these trips was sold by the skipper before Christmas and was subsequently wrecked on rocks near Port Fairy lighthouse.  The only other suitable charter boat at Port Fairy is not available on 14 March.

As we have been unable to find another suitable boat this outing has been cancelled.



Should you have any queries on any of the above please contact Julie Sarna.

We hope to see you in Geelong for a great long weekend of activities and learning.


You can download a pdf document containing this information here.


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The Our People page, in the About Us section, contains email links to each of the committee members.