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BirdLife Australia - Act for Birds

Community Forum, Castlemaine

Date: Saturday 7th July

Time: 12:30pm - 3:00pm 

Venue: Botanical Gardens Tea Rooms, 2 Walker street, Castlemaine

Join BirdLife Castlemaine in celebrating their very first event as an official BirdLife branch!

This will be a family-friendly, action-focused event all about environmental law and how it impacts bird conservation. In honour of the occasion, there will also be lots of cake! We're very excited that Castlemaine has decided to join us a branch - this event will be the first of many but it's an especially good opportunity to meet everyone and celebrate with us.

Lunch and cake provided (both including vegan and gluten-free options).

Focus bird: Swift Parrot

Have you ever been lucky enough to catch sight of a Swift Parrot? These beautiful birds travel through the local area every year on their migration from Tasmania to Queensland, but it's getting harder and harder to find them. Why? 

With fewer than 1,000 breeding pairs left in the wild, the Critically Endangered Swift Parrot is expected to go extinct in the next 14 years. Despite wonderful amounts of data existing for this species, state governments are unwilling to take responsibility for its recovery and the federal government has failed to step in to prevent the destruction of the Swift Parrot's precious remaining habitat.

Our real power to secure stronger nature laws – and better outcomes for birds - lies in the stories and voices of local bird-lovers from around the country. So come along to hear from locals Beth Mellick (Connecting Country) and Brendan Sydes (Environmental Justice Australia) talk about conservation of the Swift Parrot and how you can help.

Part of our Act for Birds campaign that has toured across the country as far as Cairns, Perth and Hobart, this community forum will be a chance to get an update on local bird conservation campaigning, learn how national environmental laws impact bird conservation, and join a lively Q and A with the experts in the room, including several visiting staff from BirdLife national office.

This will be a great opportunity for passionate nature lovers (like you!) to connect with one another, come up with ideas of your own, and take action together for the places and birds you love!