Australian Birding Associations / Groups The Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group (AAWHG) was formed in 2003 as a result of a recommendations from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau Report. The Australian Bird Study Association Inc. (ABSA) aims to support, encourage and promote the study of Australian birds and to contribute to their conservation. ABSA had its roots in the formation in 1962 of the Bird Banders Association of N.S.W. (BBA). The Australasian Wader Studies Group (AWSG) was formed in 1981 as a special interest group of BirdLife Australia to coordinate and focus studies on waders, or shorebirds, in Australia and throughout their migration routes in the Asia Pacific. The Australasian Raptor Association (ARA) was founded in 1979. Our aim is to promote the study, conservation and management of diurnal and nocturnal birds of prey, as well as to foster communication and cooperation concerning such activities within the Australasian Region. Australasian Seabird Group, the oldest of BirdLife Australia's Special Interest Groups, was formed in 1971. BirdLife Australia was created in 2012 from the merger of Birds Australia and BOCA. The aim of Birds Queensland is to promote the scientific study and conservation of birds by all means possible, with particular reference to the birds of Queensland. Birding NSW is ‘Birding NSW – New South Wales Field Ornithologists Club Incorporated’. Our aim is to share the joy of bird watching with others and support conservation of bird life. Canberra Ornithologists Club (COG) encourages an interest in, and develop knowledge of, the birds of the Canberra region. Cumberland Bird Observers' Club (CBOC) conducts at least 40 birdwatching trips every year all over the greater Sydney region. Fleurieu Birdwatchers are an informal group of amateur birdwatchers who share a fascinating hobby. The group was formed in January 1995. The role of the National Malleefowl Recovery Team is to implement actions from the National Malleefowl Recovery Plan. NSW Bird Atlassers (NSWBA) was established in 1982 as an independent, volunteer-based, non-profit group with the joint aims of monitoring the distribution of birds in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, preserving habitats, providing a proper basis for environmental impact studies and for other ornithological reference purposes. Queensland Wader Study Group (QWSG) is a non-government volunteer organisation dedicated to the protection of shorebirds and their habitat. Southern Oceans Seabird Study Association Inc. (SOSSA) was founded by members of the New South Wales Albatross Study Group (NSWASG) in 1994. It was set up to be an umbrella organisation for many study groups concerned with studies of Southern Ocean biodiversity. Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group (VRMG) is dedicated to the preservation of this magnificent and endangered bird. Victorian Wader Study Group (VWSG) was formally constituted in 1978 and it's primary objective is to conduct a long-term comprehensive study of waders and terns throughout Victoria and south-east South Australia.