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Mar 5, 2020

Western Pygmy Possum

Nesting box building
Nesting box building

Where are you pygmy possums!!!!

Over this period a lot of hard work has been done to make nesting boxes for installation, a community day was undertaken where volunteers made an additional 40 boxes which will now be installed in high conservation areas on private land.

The monitoring of the installed boxes continued with no possums as yet, but the regionally endangered yellow-footed antechinus has been using the nesting boxes in a few locations.    

Volunteers who have come and undertook the checking of the boxes have enjoyed seeing the amazing habitat still present and are anticipating the one time we look in a box to see this cryptic species.    

We have a lot of work to come with an additional 100 boxes to be installed before winter, we have had overwhelming responses from private landowners wanting to join the program and have boxes installed. 

Thank you to all the volunteers and supporters of this program.

Volunteers building Nest Boxes
Volunteers building Nest Boxes
Volunteers busy building nesting boxes
Volunteers busy building nesting boxes
Mar 5, 2020

Carnaby Cockatoo Program Report

Volunteers Planting trees
Volunteers Planting trees

 

Carnaby Cockatoo Habitat enhancement continued in South Perth our community volunteers helped to plant 2300 trees to continue our efforts to improve the Perth Metropolitan habitat for this iconic cockatoos.

The trees planted will significantly contribute to the ongoing expansion of Carnaby Cockatoo habitat within Perth and provide the needed habitat for future-proofing.  “It feels great to now I am helping this iconic species and to know we are contributing to its long term survival” volunteer quote from the day

Without the support of our wonderful volunteers and kind supporters,

CVA would not have been able to achieve the important milestones we have to date for the Carnaby’s.  Thank you again for all your amazing support and we appreciate the support into the future.

WA Conservation Volunteers Team

Volunteer planting trees
Volunteer planting trees
Chevron Volunteer Day
Chevron Volunteer Day
Jan 9, 2020

Summer 2020 Update - Eastern Barred Bandicoot

Mid summer updates for Eastern Barred Bandicoots at Woodlands Historic Park.

We have had two extremes in weather since our last spring report.  Both have provided positive and negative outcomes.  Mother Nature has the power to do this in the environmental field and sometimes you just have to adapt.

On a positive note woodlands continued to receive average winter and spring rainfall.  And with the weather warming up in spring the grasslands exploded with growth. This is what we were hoping for but it's never guaranteed of course.  The invertebrate insects returned as well as a great number of our seasonal grasshoppers to provide plenty of surface food for the bandicoots once the ground hardens up and digging for food becomes less common.  Also there was a better response then expected to some wildflower species coming back after three years of non growth.  Chocolate, flax, yellow and bulbine lillies popped up.  The early Nancy, which gets its name from being one of the first seasonally to arrive bloomed in dense numbers.  Milk maids also decided to show there heads once again.  It's only the start but it's fantastic as there was less diversity lost during that extreme dry period. 

Helping this come along has been our pest grazing program.  This has been focusing on reducing the number of rabbits which are a introduced noxious pest animal to Australia.  They eat grass and do so extremely aggressively.  At least half the parks major rabbit warren systems have been destroyed and work is continuing on this front over the next six months.  

There will be no official bandicoot monitoring until April this year.  The end of spring this year became to hot and unpredictable in weather and we don't take any risk in running these events if animal welfare is compromised.  So spotlighting will get us through until then.  So far we are seeing regular bandicoots scattered in all areas of the reserve.

Sadly on the negative front as many of you will be aware the last few months has seen unprecedented amounts of bushfires burning across nearly all parts of Australia.  Summer so far has been difficult and rainfall has disappeared again.  At woodlands only 5mm of rain fell compared to an average of 55mm.   There were two fires close by, one only around 10km away in a straight line.  This is very close for us.  But thanks to the amazing work of our emergency services these were extinguished.  Parks Victoria fire fighters have done a brilliant job in not only fighting these fires but creating extensive plans to mitigate any chance of fire arriving at the reserve. Creating fire breaks, continuously patrolling the park and having staff ready to deploy if needed.  

We would like to thank them for what they are currently battling and more so thanking them into the future as there is no sight in end for these fires at the moment.  

Once again great work everyone involved from Conservation Volunteers Australia, Parks Victoria, volunteers and all members of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot Recovery Team who have assisted with making this possible.

 
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