Following on from the ABSA’s collaboration with BirdLife Australia’s regional branches to conduct our AGM associated Scientific Conferences in Brisbane (2013) and Canberra (2014) and the planned 2015 AGM at BirdLife’s Gluepot Reserve in South Australia, and the BirdLife approval to utilise HANZAB material for Bird in the Hand (Second Edition) field data sheets, we sought member input to a proposal to affiliate with BirdLife Australia. Only three members responded in the negative and the Committee therefore pursued the issue and an Agreement was finalised in January 2015. The specific areas of co-operation relating to the Agreement are:
- Use by the Australian Bird Study Association Inc. (ABSA) of HANZAB data. The resultant field data sheets will be published and be freely available to field workers through the ABSA’s website www.absa.asn.au;
- BirdLife Australia and the ABSA will jointly promote research on Australian birds through jointly organised scientific lecture and seminar days;
- The organisations support and promote the bird conservation initiatives and activities of each other through newsletters and email messages.
The complete Agreement is attached below.