BoPpers at the Reserve

Developer 2 (MM) - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Most people are indulging in a little sleep in at 7am on a Saturday morning or planning which housework task needs to be tackled first but this wasn’t the case last Saturday.  The Arid Recovery crew and dedicated eager volunteers were up and enjoying the cool calm morning, undertaking a birds of prey survey within the reserve.

Although not usually a focus of Arid Recovery research, the recent birds of prey survey was undertaken to provide us with base data required for future studies.  With their spotter eyes on high alert the group split into teams to drive their designated sections of the reserve. 

 

Volunteers were on high alert for a number of birds common to the area including Wedge- tailed Eagles, Nankeen Kestrels and Brown Falcons.  Over a late breakfast the results were combined and discussed and challenges were issued as to who had spotted the most birds.

“It’s an absolutely gorgeous morning to be out at the reserve,” remarked Arid Recovery ecologist Helen Crisp.  “We are so thankful these volunteers have given up their morning to help us out and contribute to the future research programs at Arid Recovery.”

Results showed there were high numbers of Wedge- tailed Eagles within the reserve as well as Black Shouldered Kites.  By dividing the number of kilometres driven and the number of birds recorded and estimate of approximately 0.5 birds of prey per kilometre was devised.  "Because we don't have any other similar scenarios to compare it to we are not sure yet if this is an average dispersal of birds or not.  We are also experiencing relatively good conditions at the moment so this may also have affected numbers but that is all part of the fun of ecology," commented Helen Crisp.

World Animal Day

Developer 2 (MM) - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Around the globe on October 4 people celebrated World Animal day, recognising their beloved cats, dogs, birds, mice etc. and the roles they play in their lives.  Maybe you donated to a wonderful organisation such as the RSPCA or Animal Welfare League or gave your cat an extra-long scratch behind the ears.  But this is a far cry from the original World Animal Day.

It took place at a conference of ecologists all the way back in 1931, who were extremely concerned about the number of endangered species around the world.  In attempt to raise awareness of the plight of endangered species far and wide, they named the 4th of October as World Animal Day.  We all know about some of the flagship endangered species from across the globe such as African Elephants, Blue Whales, Giant Pandas and Tigers, but what about some a bit closer to home?

Australia has listed more than 143 species of native animals, including fish, frogs, birds, reptiles and mammals that are listed as endangered.  Although some of these are animals you might be familiar with such as the Wedge- tailed Eagle, Northern Hairy- nosed Wombat and the Tasmanian Devil, there are others you may not recognise by first name.  For instance, the Northern Marsupial Mole who spends most of its time underground digging tunnels that collapse behind it or the Pygmy Blue- tongue Lizard who steals the holes made by spiders for their home are a couple that you may not know much about. 

At Arid Recovery, we wonder why endangered animals should have just one day to be celebrated and supported.  “Our country is filled with wonderfully unique fauna,” quotes Arid Recovery ecologist Helen Crisp, “Why wait for the 4th of October to celebrate them, when you can do it every day of the year at Arid Recovery and support the futures of endangered animals!”

Show your support by adopting an Arid Recovery endangered animal today.


Or vote for your favourite Arid Recovery Big 4 animal on Facebook in October for your chance to win a bilby adoption.

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