World Wetlands day was celebrated on the 2nd February in conjunction with Adam Woods who is the Wetlands Program Officer for Conservation Volunteers Australia and members from Illawarra Birders and the local Conservation Volunteers. The day began with a walk at Lake Illawarra entrance which is a usual part of our monthly Wader Survey (used for the Shorebirds 2020 project. Following this stalls were set up on the southern side of the lake and the Conservation Volunteers cooked and served a delicious breakfast. Members of the public were invited to participate and gather information relating to wetlands and the birds that frequent our local wetland areas. The shorebird survey work was continued after breakfast.
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We have sent letters to the State Government over the mining in Leard State Forest and the shooting of ducks for recreational purposes as well as a means of protection of crops. We received responses from the government relating to both issues but failed to make the government take any ACTION on either. Perhaps at the upcoming BIGNET meeting a letter could be drafted and signed by representatives from all participating groups as the shooting issue is currently being quietly passed through government.