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It caused a little bit of excitement in our neck of the woods when the BBC World Service picked up the ABC South East NSW story by Vanessa Milton and ran it for an estimated audience of over 100 million! Wow!

Bournda EEC, in association with the Sapphire Coast Learning Community, proudly presents the

** This event has now FILLED**


Wednesday 7th August 2019

(Week 3, Term 3)

On The Perch Bird Park

343 Tathra Road, Kalaru NSW 2550

Stage 2, 3 and 4 students – school teams of 4-6 students

2019 Results!

Best Bird Caller – Jasper Bright – Tanja Public – Yearly Family Pass to On the Perch Bird Park (Donated by On The Perch) and Science Week Shirt/Cap donated by Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub Sustainability Education Network

The Wolumla winning team with the Jack Lynch Memorial Trophy


Best Team Score– Wolumla Public School (The Jack Lynch Memorial Trophy for 2019, Family Day Pass for each team member donated by On The Perch)

Best Individual Score by a Primary School Student – Arlie Richardson – Towamba Public School – Book Prize – Donated by Bournda EEC

Best Individual Score by a High School Student – Sonny Burgess – Narooma High –  Book Prize – Donated by Bournda EEC

Best Bird Photograph – Bridie Dixon – Tathra Public – Book Prize – Donated by Bournda EEC

Best Bird Photograph – Indy Myhill – Wolumla Public – Book Prize – Donated by Bournda EEC


Many people are now familiar with the story of how the noble art of bird calling is being revived by schools in the Bega Valley.  ABC Open Producer Vanessa Milton captured the magic of the wonderful history of bird calling in this great story ,  “Meet the champion bird callers of the South Coast” which ultimately led to the inaugural Bournda Bird Olympics in July 2017!  Tanja Public School were the overall champions of the day, also brilliantly captured by ABC Open , Sonny from Cobargo PS scooped the pool in 2018 and the challenge is on in earnest to find a new “nest” for the Jack Lynch Memorial Trophy in 2019.

All Sapphire Coast Learning Community Schools are invited to send a team of 4-6 students to compete at the Bournda Bird Olympics on Wednesday the 7th August 2019. The event is generously supported by the Far South Coast Birdwatchers and On the Perch Bird Park

Events on the day will include:

Bird Identification – Students will be shown pictures of local birds and must correctly name them to get the “worm”.

Identifying Bird Calls – The team that can correctly identify the greatest number of calls, will have something to crow about.

Birds of a Feather – A selection of bird “items” (not just feathers) will be provided that students must identify to feather their nest.

Bird Brains – Some quick trivia questions that will get the ornithological whiz kids working hard!

Creative Art for the Birds – The students’ artistic talents will focus on creating some bird art.

The Noble Art of Bird Calling – students do their best impression of the call of a named species of bird and re-live the glories of past bird calling champions!

Individual and team prizes will be awarded and the school with the highest combined score will fly home with the Jack Lynch Memorial Trophy. We are hopeful that our team of judges will again include some of the original participants from the Gould League competitions of the 50s and 60s.

This is no event for the chicken-hearted and foul play will not be tolerated. The organisers would be chuffed if you could enter a team.  It’s a cheap event; admission is free and there will be no bill. Register your expression of interest below and stay tuned for further details.

The bird call competitions were part of the Gould League’s programs to help students be more aware of the need to protect our precious and beautiful birds and we should all think about how we can help them to thrive, survive and singing for many years to come.

And here are some student calls recorded at Bournda!

This is a little faint but this is a talented young lad from Year 6 at Tathra Public in 2013  – we were raven about this one!

And this girl spotted some Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos flying overhead and called out to them as if they were members of her family.  Bega High Year 7 in 2013.

Bird call history at the Merimbula Museum

Read about the reunion that brought past champions together!

Looking for resources on bird calls?

And some more resources!

Tanja PS with the Jack Lynch Memorial Award

From left: The inaugural overall winners, Tanja PS with the Jack Lynch Memorial Trophy

Magpie audio from http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/


Winner of the Best Bird Caller at the Bournda Bird Olympics

Meet Sonny from Cobargo Public School

Sonny won the Jack Lynch Memorial Award for his School and a family day pass to On the Perch Bird Park for highest individual score. He also cleaned up in the Bird Calling section with a fine yellow tailed black cockatoo and a fantastic corella. In the Bird Call ID section Sonny was speculating if the magpie was Gymnorhina tibicen hypoleuca (I think that’s what he said)- that made me sit up and take notice!!

A real birdo and a virtuouso bird caller!! Many thanks to everyone involved in a lovely day – the birds were the winners!

A very big thank you to:

  • Steve and Linda Sass for hosting in their amazing bird Zoo Park.
  • Champion bird caller judges. Bruce Chapman, Marg Liston and Elaine Cozens were our judges and did a great job!
  • Far South Coast Birdwatchers Inc. for their generous prizes and the Merimbula Old School Museum for display items including the historic Dawson Shield.
  • Supporting Principals, teachers and families!!
  • All the wonderful students!!

Special thanks to the Champion Bird Callers who were able to make it for the big event.

Also special mention to Robert Whiter, our trophy maker. Robert couldn’t make it last year due to illness and this year his wife became seriously ill and had to go to hospital in Canberra. Hopefully next year Robert!

Check out this wonderful video of some of the calls by ABC Open’s Vanessa Milton.  Nearly 10000 views!

Check out what happened at the inaugural 2017 SCLC Bournda EEC Bird Olympics in this wonderful ABC Open segment!

*FILLED* Bournda Bird Olympics 2019 - Expression of Interest from SCLC Schools

To help us with our planning please register your school’s interest in the Bournda Bird Olympics by Tuesday 23rd July (Week 1, Term 3)

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