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Issue 11, August 2010
BIRDWATCH IRELAND eWINGS
Welcome to the August 2010 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
As those BirdWatch Ireland members who were paying close attention to the current issue of Wings magazine, which was posted out earlier this month, will have seen, we are just about to launch new BirdWatch Ireland Branches in Carlow, Kildare and Cork city. The rapid growth of our Branches around the country is extremely encouraging, and more will be on the way. For full details of all the BirdWatch Ireland Branch meetings and outings that are planned for the coming months, have a look at the full list of our upcoming local events.

You don't have to be a BirdWatch Ireland member to take part in most of these events . . . but if you are not already we really would encourage you to become a member today. We are a charity and rely massively on the funds our members provide to enable us to conserve Ireland's birds and other wildlife and look after our nature reserves: we can't do it without you. There is a lot in it for you too: in addition to our quarterly Wings magazine, BirdWatch Ireland members also receive a membership pack, garden bird kit and special gift.

Many thanks to all of our Facebook followers for helping BirdWatch Ireland to get to the magic 1,000 fan mark. This milestone was actually passed just after the publication of last month's eWings and the number of fans has continued its rapid increase ever since. If you've yet to join in, well, there's no time like the present: why not become our Facebook fan today? Our online community there offers an ideal forum for sharing advice, bird sightings and photos, and is also an great way to keep up to date with breaking conservation news stories and BirdWatch Ireland's work.
To view the articles and news in full simply click on the link displayed at the bottom of each article summary.
ARTICLES
A new species of orange-headed bird found in Ireland?
Over the past few weeks BirdWatch Ireland HQ has been receiving lots of phone calls and emails about strange birds with bright orange heads that have been visiting gardens around Ireland. They tend to flock with Starlings and House Sparrows and can be quite numerous in some areas, though they can't be found in any field guides.
Photo: strange orange-headed bird by Liam Ryan
See what's behind the sightings of these mystery birds
Disease killing Greenfinches and other garden birds
Over the past few weeks, BirdWatch Ireland has been receiving an increasing number of calls and emails about small birds, mainly Greenfinches, being found dead in gardens. In most cases the cause of death has turned out to be trichomoniasis, a virulent bird disease caused by a minute parasitic organism.
Photo: Greenfinch afflicted by trichomoniasis by Cóilín MacLochlainn
Learn more about the spread of this disease and what you can do to help
Did you see any birds this summer?
Of course you did, and that means you can help us. BirdWatch Ireland is appealing to people like you all across Ireland to send in their summer bird sightings for our Bird Atlas 2007-11. We need records of all birds, common and rare alike. Every sighting you send in, from a Robin that nested in your garden shed to a Cuckoo you heard calling on your local bog, will help to ensure that your local area is well covered for the Atlas.
Photo: Sedge Warbler by John Fox
See how you can contribute - we really do need as many records as possible
Wings Online Shop - Emma Bridgewater bird range
Both beautiful and highly collectable, the new bird range of high quality pottery, textiles and tinware from renowned designer Emma Bridgewater are currently the best-selling items in our Wings Shop. The range includes a gorgeous selection of mugs, clocks, biscuit barrels and kitchen ware, all featuring your favourite birds and at unbeatable prices. All proceeds from the Wings Shop go to support BirdWatch Ireland's conservation work.
See the full Emma Bridgewater range available from BirdWatch Ireland's own online shop
Volunteer wardens needed for BirdWatch Ireland nature reserves
Are you a people person? Do you have the ability to inspire people about the work of BirdWatch Ireland? If so, we need you.

We are looking for voluntary wardens to help us out on some of our nature reserves in Cos. Wicklow, Wexford and Cork. This will offer you a chance to improve your skills and gain experience with the largest conservation charity in Ireland. Full training will be provided, and expenses incurred in volunteering will be reimbursed.
Click for full details of what's involved
FINALLY...
This September, An Taoiseach Brian Cowen will attend a UN General Assembly meeting on biodiversity where the Heads of State will be adopting targets for future biodiversity protection and restoration.

You can play a role by influencing future actions for biodiversity: email An Taoiseach and encourage him to take action to stop climate chaos, to ensure a comprehensive network of terrestrial and marine protected areas, to create a countryside rich in biodiversity by supporting sustainable farming and protecting forests, to properly protect species, and to ensure Ireland plays its part in saving tropical forests and creating opportunities for young people to be involved in nature. We have even prepared a template and full set of instructions for you to follow. The more BirdWatch Ireland supporters that do this, the better, so please do your bit to help.

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Good Bird Watching,
Oran O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, BirdWatch Ireland
BirdWatch Ireland
Unit 20, Block D
Bullford Business Campus
Kilcoole
Co. Wicklow
Tel: (+353)-(0)1-2819878
Email: info@birdwatchireland.ie

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