BirdLife's Congress and Campout
to 11 Sep.

BirdLife's Congress and Campout

The Broome Bird Observatory is honored to be the 2018 hosts for BirdLife's 'Congress and Campout'. 

Photo © The Mangrove Hotel

Photo © The Mangrove Hotel

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Congress - September 8th and 9th

The Mangrove Hotel

We will be hosting the congress at the beautiful Mangrove Hotel, overlooking the internationally important intertidal mudflats of Roebuck Bay. We will be drawing a raffle for a pair of Swarovski CL Companion binoculars to help fund the event! 

Keynote Speaker: Danny Rogers 


A keen birdwatcher and naturalist since childhood, Danny Rogers has been deeply involved in shorebird research and conservation since starting a PhD on migratory shorebird ecology in North-western Australia with Charles Sturt University.  Currently, Danny is in a research position with the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research where he conducts a variety of applied waterbird projects including ratio-telemetry studies on waterbirds.  He also chairs the scientific committee of the Australiasian Wader Studies Group.  He is a co-author of the recently published 'The Australian Bird Guide'for CSIRO publishing, as well as the 'Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds'. An engaging speaker with a noticeable passion for his area of expertise, Danny's keynote presentation is sure to enthrall participants. 

Cost: $170

What's included:

  • 30-min presentations by 17 speakers in addition to the introductory and keynote speakers;
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on the Saturday;
  • Morning tea and lunch on the Sunday.

For a full list of speakers click here

Campout - September 10th and 11th

Broome Bird Observatory

Not " just"  a migratory shorebird hotspot... the colours of Roebuck Bay are surreal. 

Not "just" a migratory shorebird hotspot... the colours of Roebuck Bay are surreal. 

'Campout' will be held at the Observatory, of course!

Situated on the edge of Roebuck Bay, it is an ideal location to immerse yourself in abundant natural wonders. 

Attendees will be offered tours of the bird-rich surrounding habitats. 

photo © Nigel Jackett

photo © Nigel Jackett

Bookings Essential - Please read the planning information below, and complete the registration form (and email to in order to attend:

Congress and Campout Planning Information

Registration and Payment Form

You may also contact us with further questions here

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5:00 pm17:00

Shorebirds Birthday Party! (and ours too)

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The shorebirds have a 'birthday' of August 1st to aide researchers in aging the birds.  In reality, of course, the birds are born on all sorts of days in the Northern Hemisphere summer.  But, we're taking on their 'official birthday' and throwing them a party!  This year is a 'joint birthday party'- ours and theirs!  Join us for the festivities!  

This is a family friendly event. 

Tanya Ransom

Tanya Ransom

This years event will be open to the public and held at the BBO! With live music from the legendary Tanya Ransom and the BBO's own Jaime Jackett (Belle Miners)! 

There will also be a short presentation from one of the early founders of the Observatory: Dr Clive Minton, himself!   

Jaime Jackett

Jaime Jackett

If you want to camp or stay the night, make sure you book early as our accommodations are limited to their usual number! 

Back by popular demand will be our legendary 'Burgers by the Bay' sponsored by Yeeda Freerange Meat Pty Ltd - Kimberley beef burgers (veggie option!) with all the fixin's, fresh off the grill!

$15 burger, $2.50 soft-drink/water.  

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Dr. Clive Minton releasing Australian Pied Oystercatcher after banding 1991

Dr. Clive Minton releasing Australian Pied Oystercatcher after banding 1991

Entry is free!!!

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