Birds of a feather to flock in for festival

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Camera IconOsprey Credit: Geoff Taylor

Birds and biodiversity will be in the spotlight during the next few weeks when Green Skills and BirdLife Australia host the sixth annual South Coast Festival of Birds.

Several events are scheduled to take place in Albany, including art exhibitions, talks and workshops.

The Bird Symposium, the festival’s main event, will be held on March 15 at UWA Albany, and will feature high-powered speakers including the University of WA’s Professor Steve Hopper, Dr Nic Dunlop, Angela Sanders and Sarah Comer. Albany’s Three Anchors will host a free photography exhibition, Feathered & Furred — Celebrating South Coast Fauna by award-winning WA nature photographer Georgina Steytler.

The exhibition opens on March 1 and runs until March 30.

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The Albany Library will present two free evening talks by Anne Bondin from BirdLife Australia on March 5 and 19.

A weekend Bird ID Workshop hosted by BirdLife will take place on March 23 and 24, while free bird tours, including a walk around Lake Seppings on March 11, will highlight special bird habitat areas. Green Skills project manager Basil Schur said there would be an array of inspiring events showcasing south coast birds.

“With so many interesting events there will be something to suit all ages and tastes,” he said.

The free SunSmart Albany Kite Fiesta will take on March 24.

The event is a family fun day at the ANZAC Peace Park and organisers expect the sky to be filled with spectacular kites.

For the full line-up of events, see birdfestival.greenskills.org.au or contact Mr Schur at Green Skills on 9848 3310.

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