Fauna Surveys – Chapman River Regional Park
Provided mentoring to TAFE students during fauna trap set up and assisted with initial fauna trapping surveys at the Chapman River Regional Park. Also recorded the locally significant Carpet Python at the southern edge of the Park.
Painted Button Quail Surveys – Abrolhos Islands
Assisted in Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) Parks and Wildlife Services and the Batavia Coast Marine Institute (BCMI) with September 2017 surveys for the Endangered Painted Button Quail (Turnix varius subsp. scintillans). Surveys were conducted on West Wallabi, East Wallabi, Seagull, Oystercatcher and Turnstone islands, using transects, wandering transects and searches for characteristic ‘platelets’ made by the quail scratching litter during foraging. Live birds were sighted on Seagull and West Wallabi islands, and an old egg recorded on East Wallabi Island. Over four cubic metres of rubbish was also removed from the islands as part of the national marine debris removal project.
Actively joined in the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC), Yarra Yarra Catchment Management Group (YYCMG) and Moore Catchment Council (MCC) September 2017 Bunjil Rock BioBlitz. The BioBlitz was a 24-hour event involving the collection of biological diversity data of the Bunjil Rocks Reserve in the Shire of Perenjori. Lead by known scientists and other experts, ably assisted by skilled amateurs, willing workers and local community members to collaboratively identify as many plant and animal species as could be found in this limited time frame.
The 2018 Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC), Bioblitz will be held at Gunnado Farm, Walkaway in September 2018. Watch this space for further updates – or find out more at: https://www.nacc.com.au/gunnado-bioblitz-connecting-nature-culture-and-community/