The newly formed Stawell and Ararat Bird Observers Group has taken flight with the first meeting of interested bird watchers hailed a success.
The group conducted its first meeting on the banks of the Bonnie Dundee Dam in the shade of the gum trees in the Ironbark Forest, north of Stawell on February 16.
Organiser, Charles Kerr said the meeting was well attended by people from across the district.
"Though mainly from Stawell, we expect good numbers of people from Ararat to join us at our next gathering which will be held just out of Ararat, at Green Hill Lake just off the Western Highway on the south side of town," he said.
"Our outing times will depend on the location of the outing for the month. Whether it be in the morning or afternoon depends on the location of the outing.
"Morning is for birds of bushlands and evening is for birds of the wetlands and we are going to try and put together a weekend camp out or two as well."
Mr Kerr has encouraged anyone still interested in joining the group to do so and if they have any suggestions for locations, water birds, bush birds, open plains birds, birds of the garden could they please pass it on to the leaders.
"As we have not yet elected an executive and you think you can handle one of the executive positions all of these jobs are open for nominations," he said.
"We need to discuss our office bearer situation as we will need a president, secretary, correspondent and leaders."
Mr Kerr said an address at the meeting by Ian Morgan from the Horsham group was beneficial and that he advised them they would possibly need at least two or maybe three leaders.
"We are very lucky to have in our mix of future members some people of great knowledge of birding. This gives us the potential of our group being a very interesting group to be a member of," he said.
"So if you would like to be a member of such a group, make your intentions known. I am definitely going to be a member because there are so many friendly people here already."
Stawell members and others interested in joining the group are reminded that future meetings will be held on the first Sunday of the month.
Anyone requiring further information should contact Charles Kerr on 5358 2917, 0400 909 387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org