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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 30 2008
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 31, 2008 21 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Centre a tweet for bird watchers XAVIER TOBY BIRDS IN THE PARK AREA ENDANGERED: Swift parrot and regent honeyeater UNCOMMON: Sea eagle, white- fronted chat, double-barred finch, brown goshawk REGULARLY SPOTTED: Black swan, purple swamphen, little pied cormorant, pacific black duck COMMONLY SPOTTED: Rainbow lorikeet, little wattlebird, new holland honeyeaters Ian Hume Here's looking at you, kid. Birds of a feather stick to together. Pictures: BRENT McGILVARY ~PP172652 A WILDLIFE education centre has opened at Newington Armory in Sydney Olympic Park, where any- one can learn more about the unique birdlife of the region. The Birds Australia Discovery Centre features a bird book li- brary, an education room for training, talks and displays, and a discovery room that in the future will feature interactive displays. In the display room there are also items children can handle along with three-dimensional dis- plays. Bird education events are held regularly, including workshops, bird walks and seminars, and the centre runs several courses on subjects like the best methods for finding and identifying birds. Bird conservation schemes run out of the centre, too. The centre is staffed solely by volunteers and the current display features the bar-tailed godwits that spend the summer months in the wetlands of Bicentennial Park before travelling 12,000km to Alaska, where they breed. Birds Australia's Southern NSW & ACT Group chair Pro- fessor Ian Hume said the centre would help people learn about the value of birds and the threats they faced. The parklands and wetlands at Sydney Olympic Park were great for bird watching, and Professor Hume advised arriving in the early morning or late after- noon because that is when the birds were most active. He identified plans to add a bird hide next to the wetlands, to show visi- tors how to identify different water birds. The Birds Australia Discovery Centre is available during school hours and welcomes school groups. For groups from out of town, there is even accommodation onsite. The centre is open weekends and public holidays, from 10am to 4pm. Phone 9647 1033 or visit www.birdsaustralia.com.au/the organisation/ba-discoverycentre. html "NSW AWARD WINNING DAY SPA... 4 YEARS IN A ROW" 204 Lyons Road, DRUMMOYNE (02) 9181 1988 retreatspa.com.au ORGANIC BLISS 1 hr organic facial treatment Relaxing foot massage AROMA-ESSENCE spa mosaic detoxifying body wrap treatment including vichy shower 1hr triple action brightening facial treatment INDOCEANE RITUAL includes gourmet lunch Delicious sweet & savoury brown sugar body exfoliation including vichy shower Nourishing Cleopatra milk hydrotherapy spa treatment Indian body massage Chinese body wrap treatment BODY SPA FACE Aromatic Healing! Unique Treatment! Pure & Natural! 2335007K IS YOUR BACKYARD BIG ENOUGH? Find your local cricket club at playcricket.com playcricket com
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