Spring Bird Watching Competition: Local Land Services NSW are on the hunt, looking for citizen scientists to monitor our most vulnerable birds, in fact all birds, after the long drought and extensive bushfires. This helps Land Services to understand how these birds are coping.
The competition requires registration and for entrants to complete at least one, 20-minute survey in their community or at home. A bird watching kit will be provided upon registration.
This competition celebrates Threatened Species Day and aims to shine the spotlight on some of the threatened bird species found in the Central West Local Land Services region with a special focus on the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater.
There are 28 prizes on offer for 28 lucky entries. Prizes include bird-related goodies such as binoculars, field guides, artworks, and clothing. The competition closes on Monday, 12 October.
Mental Health Week Webinar: Rural Aid announced the October theme for its regular primary producer webinar, where skilled counsellors present on timely topics affecting farmers and rural communities.
This upcoming webinar is being held next week during Mental Health Week in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, and Mental Health Month in New South Wales and Victoria where the focus in 2020 is “Strengthening Our Community”.
Rural Aid says their webinars are about strengthening rural communities too, through improving access to resources for farmers. ‘On the Couch with Rural Aid Counsellors’ is a webinar series tackling key topics and themes related to farmer welfare and life on the land.
Next week, Central West New South Wales counsellor Zoe Cox will host a session at 6pm on 14 October on the topic of strengthening relationships and navigating conflict in stressful times. Primary producers, farming families and rural counsellors are encouraged to register for the 60 minute live sessions at https://www.ruralaid.org.au/counselling/
Spring Photo Competition: It is that time of year again. The Forbes Phoenix is running its annual Spring Photo Competition, and we are looking for your best and brightest spring snaps taken in and around beautiful Forbes. This year, Sarah Hodge from Essjay Photography is sponsoring the competition. Submissions can be made on the Forbes Phoenix Facebook page, or emailed to email@example.com. Entries are being accepted until the end of October 2020.