Mick Roderick - President of the Hunter Bird Observers Club
Venue: MS202 - The University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus (click to open map)
When: Friday 24th April 2015
Time: 12noon - 1pm
Come and learn:
Mick has been an avid birder since his tertiary education days in the early 90’s when studying ecology at the University of Newcastle. Following uni, Mick travelled extensively around Australia getting involved in research projects in places such as the Simpson Desert, Kakadu, Shark Bay and the Gondwanan Rainforest reserves of NSW. A few years later he embarked on a 12 month sojourn around the world and assisted with bird surveys in the Andean cloud forests, the Eduadorean tropical dry coastal forests and in Bolivia. He has also volunteered for environmental project work in Ireland and Thailand.
In his professional career, Mick worked for 10 years as an ecologist for various environmental consultancies mainly based in NSW, but also worked in many parts of Australia. Most recently though (before joining
BirdLife) he worked as a Senior Threatened Species Officer for the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change and as a Conservation Officer for the Nature Conservation Trust of NSW. He also does part-time bird tour-guiding, heads up the notorious Hunter Home Brewers Twitchathon team, is a member of the NSW Ornithological Records Appraisal Committee and, most challenging of all, arranges pelagic birding
trips off Port Stephens (he openly admits to being a ‘petrel-head’).