At the July 2015 Bird Group meeting, Fiona Blandford from BirdLife Australia officially welcomed the Geelong Field Naturalists Club (GFNC) as an affiliate of BirdLife Australia.

This is a really significant step for the GFNC as club members have been very closely involved with BirdLife (RAOU/BOCA) activities for more than 35 years: both Atlases of Australian Birds, Shorebird 2020 surveys, the Australian Bird Count, Challenge Counts, Hooded Plover surveys and wardening, Orange-bellied Parrot Surveys, Swift Parrot Surveys, Bittern Surveys, Important Bird Area surveys, Backyard birds Project and the list goes on. ... Craig Morley