Snipe talk series 2018-2019

Birgita is conducting a roving series of talks on the Latham’s Snipe project. These talks are open to anyone who has an interest, but they will also be providing updates on the key findings and outcomes from the project for volunteers who have been involved.

The 2019 schedule at the moment is:

  • March 1 – Phillip Island Nature Park
  • March 21 – Geelong Field Naturalists Club, Geelong
  • April 6 – BirdLife Southern Highlands, Bowral, NSW (Venue TBD)
  • April 8 – Ballina (Venue TBD)
  • April 10 – Hunter Bird Observers Club, Hunter Wetlands Centre

This page will be updated from time-to-time. So if you’re interested in attending talks but can’t make the next one, keep a watch on this page for the next upcoming talks.

Please contact Birgita ( if you want more information.

Gippsland talk September 19

This talk was well attended by BirdLife Bairnsdale members, and we had some great discussion and interactions during the talk. Birgita also got the chance to visit the wetland behind the Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre, where good numbers of snipe are regularly seen during counts (range in the last two seasons 27-81). Several snipe were seen just wandering around in the open while piles of noisy school children passed, apparently oblivious to the wetland wonders so near them!

Birgita would like to thank Jack Winterbottom, and John and Pam Hutchison for organising the talk and venue. And she would like to thank Jenni and Jim Reside for hosting her.

South-west talks July 7 & 8

Both the Mt Gambier and Port Fairy talks were well attended, despite crappy weather over the weekend which might have otherwise kept people at home! We had 25 people attend the Mt Gambier session, which was held in a really nice seminar space at the Public library – we even had catering. In addition to providing a project update, Birgita outlined the current survey coverage for south-east SA, identifying where there were survey gaps. She also visited Lake McIntyre with Rosey Pounsett and Noel Boyle.

Lake McIntyre in Millicent

The following day at the community centre in Port Fairy there were 26 people and we had a fabulous feast of sushi thanks to the South Beach Wetlands and Landcare Group. Birgita gave a similar overview on the project, and there were some great questions about the tracking and data specific to Port Fairy.

A short article was written about the event: News article in The Standard 

Birgita would like to thank Bryan and Toni for organising the talk and catering in Mt Gambier, and Jodie, Don and Sherril for organising the Snipe, Sushi and Swamps event. And many thanks to all the attendees who took time out of their weekends to attend.

Canberra Ornithologists Group, Sept 12

We had a good crowd of people turn to listen to Birgita give an update on the project, including news about the survey results from Hokkaido, just recently compiled by the Wild Bird Society of Japan, which demonstrated that over 50% of breeding sites have deteriorated in condition. Lori Gould also talked about the outcomes of the ACT snipe monitoring.

We have put out a call to ACT folks interested in helping with catching at Jerrabomberra wetlands over late spring and summer. Please contact Birgita or Lori if you’d like to help out. The more, the merrier!



2 thoughts on “Snipe talk series 2018-2019

  1. to whom it may concern,
    we find it interesting that you are doing projects on the lathams snipe, as we have them every year in swampy paddock. we are down on the Dutton Way area of Portland Vic. We have concerns that an abalone factory proposed to be built nearby may have some effect on these birds.


    1. Hello Gloria. Great to hear of your interest. We some folk in your region who help out with snipe observations and even surveys on the official snipe count dates. If you’re interested in getting involved in those, feel free to contact me directly. I’d also be keen to hear more about your observations.


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