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Cassie Hlava, Bushland Restoration Officer with Natural Resources SE,

by The Millicent Field Naturalist Society for 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

The Millicent Field Naturalist Society held their AGM recently and all the office bearers from the previous year managed to hold their positions unopposed.  The Annual Subscriptions also remain the same as last year, being $10.00 for an adult $20.00 for a family, and $5.00 for a child.

Anyone interested in joining the club, or taking part in any of the outings which are held monthly, isencouraged to contact Rosey Pounsett, Sue Black or Peter and Linda Johns.

The AGM was followed by a great talk from Cassie Hlava, the Bushland Restoration Officer with Natural Resources SE, on the Habitat and Roosting Requirements of the Australian
Owlet Nightjar
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Cassie provided a very informative look at these small birds from the field work she undertook at Monarto in remnant and revegetated sites, as part of her University degree. The aim of the research was to determine feeding patterns and roosting requirements.

We discovered that these tiny birds are related to swifts, owls and nightjars, and that they are widely distributed throughout woodland habitats. They feed on invertebrates both on the wing and on the ground.

They nest in tree hollows, using several hollows in their home range. When hollows are not available they use the space between the tree and the bark.

Although widely distributed and reasonably common, they are not often seen. They can be identified by their characteristic call.

The club greatly appreciated Cassie giving her time and sharing her knowledge.

The next club outing is planned for August 16th with a trip to the Peter Francis Points Arboretum at Coleraine. “The Points” is 37 hectares of disused quarry on crown land that maintains a collection of over 10,000 plants, including 63 rare and endangered native plants. It is renowned for its collection of eucalyptus, grevillea and banksia plants. 70 species of birds have been identified within the confines of the arboretum.
Anyone wanting more details, either about the outing or the arboretum, are encouraged to contact Rosey on 87333909

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