Hall of Fame – December 2013

A BIG thank you to all our new December supporters, members and donors. These include Nathan Gregory, Charlotte Mack, Taronga Park Zoo, Aviary World (Camsal Aviaries).

Many thanks for your generous donations and support.

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Shirts available from Australian Finches Store

Buy a Gouldian finch t-shirt from Australian Finches Online Store and $4 will go to STGF and help our cause! They look like great t-shirts so be sure to buy one soon….

Save the Gouldian Fund Christmas Fundraiser

A BIG thank you to Nathan (aka Conservation Kid) for raising over AUD$900 for STGF by selling Gouldian finch Christmas decorations that he made. This money will go a long way to providing more nestboxes (and homes) for wild Gouldians. Thank you so much Nathan!

Hall of Fame – November 2013

A BIG thank you to all our new November supporters, members and donors. These include John W Oakman, Melanie Cooper, Erica Shedley, Trevor Harrowfield, Matthew Boyd, Mark Richardson, Goulds LimBra (Belgium).

Many thanks for your generous donations and support.

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Save the Gouldian Fund Christmas Fundraiser

A BIG thank you to Nathan Gregory (aka Conservation Kid) who has already raised over $300 for STGF by selling these lovely Gouldian finch Christmas Decorations. He will selling more next week so keep posted to find out where and when you purchase them….

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New captive facility nearly finished!

The new Gouldian finch breeding facility at Australian National University is nearly complete! The photo here shows north-facing side of the building – it has 20 outside aviaries (still to be planted out with Eucalypts), 60 indoor temperature-controlled flights and 100 large breeding and stock cages. Can’t wait to move all our captive population down to their fancy new home soon!

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Congratulations to Louise!

A BIG congratulations to Louise on achieving a first class Honours for her thesis on Gouldian finches!

Louise has been working hard over the last year looking at the relative importance of predation in maintaining the red and black head colours of the Gouldian finch. By examining behavioral differences between the morphs (at waterholes, when highly susceptible to attack), by measuring their conspicuousness (to avian predators) using visual modelling, as well as experimentally exposing red and black models (freeze-dried naturally deceased birds) to avian predators, she found stong evidence for disruptive selection. Red birds were most conspicuous on natural grey (rock and sand) backgrounds, while black birds where highly conspicuous on red backgrounds (sand and rocks), and predators selectively targeted black models on red backgrounds (but not grey) and red birds on grey backgrounds (but not red). More information is available at the Pryke Lab.

Hall of Fame – October 2013

A BIG thank you to all our new September supporters, members and donors. These include Hunter Valley Finch Club FSoA Inc., Australian Finch Society UK, Geoff Warnick, Rodney Newman, Barbara Parsons, Luigi Montini and Peter Phippen..

Many thanks for your generous donations and support.

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Hall of Fame – September 2013

A BIG thank you to all our new September supporters, members and donors. These include Firetail555 Pty Ltd, Sally Dyason, Neil Morley and Ian Bond.

Many thanks for your generous donations and support.

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Support STGF by buying Gouldian t-shirt

October 2013 at Alison Green Designs is Endangered Species Month.  From now and throughout October, Alison is offering 4 T-shirts featuring designs of endangered species and donating $10 from each sale to relevant projects connected with each species.

GOULDIAN FINCHES T-shirt sales – donations to the Save the Gouldian Fund

CORROBOREE FROG — donations made to Corroboree Conservation Program

REGENT HONEYEATER — T-shirt sales will benefit Birdlife Australia’s Woodland Birds for Biodiversity Regent Honeyeater Recovery Program

GLOSSY BLACK-COCKATOO design (with text added to highlight the plight of the SA/Kangaroo Island sub-species -Calyptorynchus lathami halmaturinus) donations to Glossy Black Rescue Fund c/o Nature Foundation SA.

Order any of these T-shirt designs now & up to the end of October and Alison will make a donation on your behalf.

To order, visit www.alisongreendesigns.com.au and choose your design from the 5 choices at the top of the Adults T-shirt page.