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The stall at Easter on the Anglesea Riverbank was successful, with many plants and some merchandise being sold, plus weeds exchanged for indigenous plants. Many thanks to all members who assisted with putting up the tent, selling, and taking the tent down again – a real team effort.

The new ‘igloo’, which is designed to keep the plants warmer over winter and so hasten their growth, has officially been opened. The Propagating Group put on their ‘special’ hats and toasted the event, followed by a shared lunch. This keen group, led so enthusiastically by Bill McKellar, has grown a huge number of plants, which are looking very healthy. Some will be used to revegetate the sand dunes in Anglesea, and many have been planted in the grounds of the new Anglesea school. Well done to everyone associated with seed collecting and growing this great array of indigenous plants.

Congratulations and many thanks to the large group of members, led by Bill, who were among the community volunteers who planted, staked, bagged, watered and mulched nearly 3000 plants at the Anglesea Primary School, and all in one day!  If you pass the school, you will be amazed by the sea of green bags that protect the new plants along the front fence and the paths.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the Annual Dinner in the cosy Anglesea Golf Club. It is always great to catch up with friends you may not see often, as well as have a good meal, and be entertained by a good speaker.

In May, Angair voted to support the merging of Birds Australia (BA) and Bird Observation and Conservation Australia (BOCA) to form a new organisation called BirdLife Australia. The proposal was approved by an overwhelming majority of members of both groups. This is good news for the future of Australian birds, as it will unify the birding community, value involvement at both amateur and professional levels, and enhance capacity to take action.

Chris Morrissey