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Time to 'Spot a Swiftie'!

By Central Coast Council
Posted: 19 Jun 2021
photo credit: Swift Parrot by Christina Port
The 'Swifties' in question are the Swift Parrot and Regent Honeyeater and it is time for Coasties to come together to help protect these critically endangered birds.

Community members can make a big difference in the fight to save both beautiful species by participating in local sighting and tree planting initiatives this June.

Central Coast Council Director Environment and Planning, Scott Cox said the Australian National University's (ANU) Swift Parrot SOS Program is an opportunity for locals to join a national conservation initiative.

"It is vital that we have the best understanding possible of Swift Parrot and Regent Honeyeater numbers and we can all help with this important task by joining in the 'Spot a Swiftie/Report a Regent' events," Mr Cox said.

"At the events you'll be taken on a guided bird walk by experts from BirdLife Australia, you'll learn how to spot a Swiftie, record sightings and take home free trees at the end of the day.

"There are great apps that can be used to record sightings and there will be help on the day with that important part of the process."

Council Administrator, Rik Hart said Council is thrilled to support this important ANU initiative.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to take direct action to protect the beautiful Swift Parrot and Regent Honeyeater," Mr Hart said.

"This region provides important habitat for these critically endangered birds and I'd encourage as many locals as possible to help with counting and to take advantage of the expert advice and free trees on offer for habitat building."

Spot a Swiftie/Report a Regent Community Day at Bateau Bay
Date: 26 June 2021
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Sutton Reserve, Rushby Street, Bateau Bay
Register online via Event Brite

Spot a Swiftie/Report a Regent Community Day at Wyong
Date: 27 June 2021
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Wyong Christian Community School, 100 Alison Road
Register online via Event Brite 

 
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