Issue 3, December 2009
Welcome to the December 2009 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
Winter is well and truly here, and with the terrible weather we've been having in Ireland over the past few weeks, the birds really need our help. Feeding the ones that visit your garden is a great way to start, so we have perpared a special factsheet to give you some pointers. Don't forget to have a go at our Garden Bird Survey (full details below) to let us know what you see.

If you are looking for a unique Christmas gift for someone special, you might like to consider getting them a BirdWatch Ireland gift membership. The recipient will get our quarterly Wings magazine thoughout the year, the opportunity to attend a huge range of local Branch events and access to our national network of nature reserves and our surveys, as well as a special garden bird gift pack. All proceeds go to support our vital conservation efforts.
To view the articles and news in full simply click on the link displayed at the bottom of each article summary.
Garden Bird Survey 2009/10
BirdWatch Ireland's 16th annual Garden Bird Survey is now up and running, and will continue until the end of February. This is by far our most popular survey, and it helps us to keep track of the fortunes of Ireland's garden birds. We need as many eWings readers as possible to take part, which, fortunately, is an easy, fun and rewarding thing to do. (Photo: Clive Timmons)
Learn all about how you can take part in the Garden Bird Survey
All Ireland Conference on Bird Conservation 2010
Seabirds: Life on the Edge will be the title of the 43rd All Ireland Conference on Bird Conservation. Run jointly by BirdWatch Ireland and RSPB Northern Ireland, it will take place from 26th to 28th March 2010 at the Sligo Park Hotel, Sligo, and will offer something for everyone: a great range of speakers, fun evening entertainment and field trips to see local speciality seabirds such as the gorgeous drake Eider on the left. (Photo: Ken Kinsella)
Download the conference programme and booking form (PDF: 229KB)
Stop Climate Chaos: The Wave
On Saturday 5th December 2009, just ahead of the crucial UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen, thousands of people from all walks of life will flood the streets of Dublin to demonstrate their support for a fair and safe climate future for all.

The Wave, organised by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition (of which BirdWatch Ireland is a member), will show mass support for a better, low carbon future for Ireland and the world. Saturday's action is linking up with simultaneous actions in Paris, London, Glasgow, Belfast, Brussels and Berlin ahead of the crucial global climate summit in Copenhagen next week.
Visit the Stop Climate Chaos website to learn how you can support The Wave
BirdWatch Ireland is looking to hire a Membership Development Officer
BirdWatch Ireland is currently inviting applications for the new position of Membership Development Officer. We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and persuasive person to take forward our drive for more members and supporters, to develop new opportunities to engage with the public and to recruit their support. Does that sound like you, or someone you know?
Read the full job specification and conditions and download an application form
Wings Online Shop - Nestbox with infra-red camera
There is nothing to beat the thrill of watching a family of birds in the nest (without disturbing them, of course.) BirdWatch Ireland is offering a complete, high-quality nestbox and camera kit for viewing on your own TV. In addition to the video camera and the pre-assembled nestbox for tits and sparrows, the kit comes with 30 metres of cable and all the necessary installation instructions. An ideal Christmas present.
High quality nextbox with infra-red camera available from the Wings online shop: great value at 130 euro
Winter is one of the very best times for birdwatching in Ireland. If you would like to enjoy the world-class array of waders and wildfowl that make their homes here during this season, check out the dozens of free local events being held by BirdWatch Ireland Branches around the country. No birdwatching experience is necessary, and beginners are very welcome.

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Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to wish all eWings subscribers a very happy Christmas and a bird-filled New Year.
Good Bird Watching ,
Oran O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, BirdWatch Ireland
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