Mallee Emu-wren surveys: Victoria Spring 2019
Simon Verdon, Latrobe University, is running a project to estimate the population size of the Mallee emu-wren in Victoria (see the attached flyer for details).
Simon is now on the search for willing and able volunteers to help him undertake this work. He says “Together we can figure out how many mallee emu-wrens are still out there!”
This work is important because a Mallee emu-wren translocation program is currently underway. In this program we are moving Mallee emu-wrens from Victoria back to South Australia, after wildfires wiped them out from that state in 2014. Before we can remove any more birds from Victoria, we need to confirm that the Victorian population is of sufficient size to provide birds to South Australia without damaging source populations.
The field-work will involve surveying for Mallee emu-wrens across ~240 sites in Murray-Sunset and Hattah-Kulkyne National Parks in Victoria. There will be a lot of car-camping and lengthy walks (>10 km off-track) through beautiful places. You can expect to see a range of Threatened Mallee Birds in addition to the shy and beautiful Mallee emu-wren.
See the flyer for more details, and email Simon at S.verdon@Latrobe.edu.au to register your interest.
Image: Mallee Emu-wren by Tom Hunt