Between 24 September and 5 October, 21 teams competed in the Queensland Twitchathon – a Birds Queensland and BirdLife Southern Queensland joint initiative.
B4C was proud to be a silver sponsor to support this activity and associated fundraising. And we are grateful to our valued client and conservation partner Ingham’s Enterprises Pty Ltd for being a gold sponsor. Ingham’s involvement is just one of the ways it helps to assist the local environment. In 2018, Ingham’s reached out to and partnered with B4C to assist in attaining International Water Stewardship accreditation – read more about that here.
Birds Queensland said the weather over the fortnight was less than ideal but, despite many teams battling the extremes of rain, wind and heat, this year’s Twitch was highly contested. There were large totals in all categories that have not been seen for some years.
The Restless Birdcatchers just scraped in for their third win in a row. And The Oxley Creek Commoners got a great tally by train, bicycle and foot on a very hot and windy day.
Winner of the Paradise Parrot Trophy and the Open Category:
The Restless Birdcatchers with 196 Species – Ofalia Ho, Russell Yong, Nikolas Haass
2nd with 193 Species: The Travelling Wilgaries – Judith Hoyle, Marie Tarrant, Sue Lee
3rd with 171 Species: The Chicken Tickers – Paul Marty, Scott Fox
1st with 153 Species: The Golden Hustlers – Rae Clark, Andrea Schafer, Adrian Gallagher, Nicky Stafford
2nd with 146 Species: The Godfeathers – Vernon Kretschmann, Mel Stewart
3rd with 143 Species: Piece of Crake – Nathan Beil, Stuart Beil, Paul Marty
1st with 118 Species: The Oxley Creek Commoners – Hugh Possingham, Matt Gilfedder
2nd with 106 Species: Le Tour de Bribie – Paul Marty, Therese Marty, Chris Marty
3rd with 73 Species: Torresian Watas – Sandra Harding, John Harding
The official Awards Ceremony will be held at the Birds Queensland meeting on Thursday 4 November.
The sponsors are providing much needed money for the Birds Queensland Research Grants and BirdLife Australia’s Beach Nesting Birds Project in Queensland, with a specific focus on the enigmatic Beach Stone-curlew.
At the time of writing, they have raised $6500 and that figure is rising.
Gold sponsors – Inghams’ & TJM Select Investments Pty Ltd
Silver sponsor – Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee
Bronze Sonsor – Lockyer Valley Regional Council
The Twitchathon was also proudly supported by the Brisbane Sustainability Agency.