Conservation Fund


What is the Canberra Birds Conservation Fund?

The Canberra Birds Conservation Fund (CBCF) has been established for the purpose of supporting the Canberra Ornithologists Group’s (COG) environmental objects by receiving and disbursing tax deductible donations.

COG’s environmental objects are ‘to promote the conservation of native birds and their habitats’, with particular reference to the native birds and their habitats in the Canberra region.

Anyone concerned for the conservation of birds and their habitats in the Canberra region is welcome to make a tax-deductible donation to the Fund. Please use this donation form.

You can help the Canberra region’s birds by leaving a bequest to the Canberra Birds Conservation Fund. Doing so is making an investment in the future of our birds and the environment we share together. Any gift, large or small, will help to ensure that the birds keep singing for future generations to enjoy. There are few better ways to be remembered.

What are the objectives of the Fund?

The specific environmental objectives of the Fund are

  • To encourage interest in, and develop knowledge of, the birds of the Canberra region
  • To promote and co-ordinate the study of birds
  • To promote the conservation of native birds and their habitats

Who is eligible to apply for a grant from the Fund?

The Fund welcomes applications from individuals and organisations for grants to support projects that will contribute to achieving its environmental objectives.

Applications for amounts of up to $5,000 are invited. Applications that meet all three of the Fund’s environmental objectives will be particularly favoured, especially those with a focus on the Canberra region.

Interested in applying for a grant?

Further information on applying for a grant is here.

What Canberra region bird conservation projects has the Fund supported so far?

Information is available here on completed projects supported by the Fund.

    1. Learning about the conservation needs of the Superb Parrot in the Canberra region
    2. Bringing breeding birds back: a study of birds breeding in re-vegetation sites
    3. Support for the preparation of a manuscript on the plumage of the Speckled Warbler in the ACT
    4. Monitoring the re-establishment of the Superb Lyrebird in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
    5. Monitoring the impacts of the Molonglo Valley developments on the birds of the Kama Agistment
    6. Return of the fauna: Brown Treecreeper reintroduction in eucalypt woodland
    7. The role of kangaroo grazing on the conservation of grassland and grassy woodland fauna in the Canberra region
    8. Parental provisioning calls to nestling scrubwrens: complex signals for a simple task?
    9. Reductions in the body size of Australian birds as a response to climate change
    10. The nature of coevolved reciprocal adaptations prior to egg insertion by the parasite in the host nest (the ‘front-line’), focussing upon interactions between the Superb Fairy-wren and the Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo
    11. The evolution of host defences in the Yellow-rumped Thornbill
    12. Consequences of environmental variability on social structure and reproduction in Superb Fairy-wrens
    13. Investigating the rate of coevolution between the Pacific Koel and its hosts, year 1.
    14. Investigating the rate of coevolution between the Pacific Koel and its hosts, year 2.
    15. Monitoring the Silver Gull population of Spinnaker Island, Lake Burley Griffin, September 2015 and January 2016.
    16. Complex cooperation and the effects of climate change on white-winged choughs.
    17. Transmitters and leg flags for tracking Bush Stone-curlews released at Mulligans Flat.
    18. Binoculars for use in new introduction to birding courses run by the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust at Mulligans Flat.
    19. Investigating the effects of the physical and social environment on parental investment of Superb Fairy-wrens, with the fieldwork part of the study taking place at Campbell Park.
    20. Analysis of Little Eagle pellets and prey remains collected under nests and roosting/plucking sites in the ACT and nearby NSW.
    21. Monitoring Gang-gang Cockatoo activity at breeding sites within urban Canberra.
    22. Evolutionary drivers and thermal consequences of nest architecture in birds.

How is the Fund managed?

The Fund has an independent Committee of Management which is responsible for seeking donations to the Fund and disbursing grants to support bird conservation in the region. For details on the membership of the Committee of Management, please email

How do I contact the Fund?

For further information, please contact the Fund’s convener, David McDonald

(02) 6238 3706 or 0416 231 890


Canberra Birds Conservation Fund
PO Box 331
Jamison Centre ACT 2614