BirdLife Australia's Covid-19 Update
20 May 2020
A message from BirdLife Australia's CEO, Paul Sullivan:
After months of sadness and uncertainty, the good news is that some restrictions are being cautiously wound back across the country. I’m sure many of you are already enjoying getting back to nature. And as restrictions ease, we’re planning the long road to recovery.
We’re now exploring how we recover from this crisis, and what kind of world comes next. I sincerely hope we can rebuild a post-pandemic society and economy that works with nature, not fights against it.
Surveys and Monitoring / Workshops / Meetings / Fieldwork
We are now preparing to safely resume our vital field work, volunteering and monitoring programs.
Returning from lockdown won’t be easy, and we are all navigating different approaches to comply with various State/Territory health and safety guidelines.
If you are planning to participate in BirdLife Australia branch activities, volunteering or surveys and monitoring:
- Please comply with State/Territory guidelines and follow advice around social distancing, number of people gathering, good hygiene practices etc.
- Follow Branch Outing Guidelines/Fieldwork Policy and Procedure
- Be aware that risk assessments for all Activities/Events/Surveys/Monitoring/Fieldwork will need to be completed to ensure all risks have been considered and mitigated as far as possible and that BirdLife Australia OHS Policy has been adhered to
- Participants who feel unwell should return home, follow any State / Territory medical advice and consider seeking medical advice
- Ensure excellent record keeping details to facilitate contact tracing – consider downloading the COVIDSafe app
- Note that different rules may apply to visiting vulnerable communities or certain areas
Things to consider regarding travel
Please consider any travel plans carefully, based on the latest information available in your State/Territory to assess the benefits and risks.
If you decide to travel then ensure you comply with any instructions from local authorities where you are travelling, continue to wash your hands regularly, stay 1.5m from other people, and follow rules on social gatherings.
Reserves and observatories
Our reserves and observatories are slowly reopening, depending on relevant state regulations. Please check with the wardens for up-to-date advice before embarking on a visit and follow the principles outlined above when travelling.
Contacting BirdLife Offices
Our offices remain closed for now and our staff continue to work remotely.
Note that you can contact staff in the Carlton office as usual via email, or you can leave a phone message (via the staff member’s extension number) which will be forwarded to the staff member immediately.
Donations and bequests: firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian Birdlife magazine: email@example.com
General enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can contact staff in the WA office via their usual mobile numbers, or by emailing email@example.com. This email address is being monitored and the message will be forwarded to the right person.
Please understand if there is some delay in getting back to you. It is likely that we will be unable to mail donation receipts and other printed material for some time. If you have not yet provided us with an email address so that we can send an electronic copy, please consider doing so.
Stay safe everyone and look after each other.