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Chesney Vale Walk and Squawk open to all

Monday 17 March, 2014
 Wangaratta and district residents are invited to a “Walk and Squawk” on Sunday, March 23 to learn about many local woodland birds and migratory species that can be found at Chesney Vale and the Winton Wetlands at this time of the year.

 Wangaratta and district residents are invited to a “Walk and Squawk” on Sunday, March 23 to learn about many local woodland birds and migratory species that can be found at Chesney Vale and the Winton Wetlands at this time of the year.

The Destination Chesney Vale field day has been organized by the Broken Boosey Conservation Management Network (CMN) and involves a tour of the area with renowned wildlife ecologist Chris Tzaros, followed by lunch.

CMN Co-ordinator Janice Mentiplay-Smith said Chesney Vale and surrounds was not only home to many species of local woodland birds, but was vital stop-off for migratory species from Russia, China and other parts of Asia.

“Latham’s Snipe, Sharp- tailed Sandpipers and Red-necked Stints are all birds that make the Chesney Vale area their annual destination,” Ms Mentiplay-Smith said.

“Destination Chesney Vale is a unique opportunity for people to learn more about the amazing permanent and not-so permanent birds of the area. Chris Tzaros is always a popular speaker and he will be able to provide some wonderful insights in to why the Chesney Vale region is so important to these birds’ survival.”

Friends of the Winton Wetlands will also be at this event, and will be happy to meet people and talk about what the Friends have planned for the year.

The event is supported by the Goulburn Broken CMA, Winton Wetlands Inc., Friends of the Winton Wetlands and Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

The morning begins at the Yacht Club, Lake Mokoan Road, at 9.30 am on Sunday, March 23. The event is free, but RSVP by March 19 is essential for catering purposes.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Janice on 5761 1644 or janicem@gbcma.vic.gov.au