20 years of cat control: keeping threatened species safe

Admin Aridrecovery - Monday, December 19, 2016


Buoyed after another successful week of cat control, Field and Maintenance Officer John Crompton and our dedicated volunteer shooters removed 13 cats and 4 foxes in one week. Each of the cats had between 1 and 5 native mice in their stomachs, including the threatened Plains Mouse. It is sobering to think of just how many animals these cats are killing every night, but we’re glad our feral predator control is making a difference.

Our feral predator control is partly about making a safe haven around the perimeter of the Arid Recovery fence, but also helps to keep cats and foxes out of the Reserve. Our fence is designed to be cat and fox proof, but we have to ensure there are no incursions of feral animals from damage to the fence.

Our floppy-top fence design is an extremely effective deterrent. Cats that attempt to breach the fence by pouncing on the floppy top are flung to the ground. But as everyone knows, feral cats are incredibly intelligent. If given enough time, and presented with a reward as good as the defenceless native animals inside, they will instantly take advantage of any weak point.

Our fence is currently our best defence against feral animals. Photo Credit: Kimberley Solly

Just recently, the September storm that cut off power to South Australia, also blew the floppy top inwards along sections of our western boundary. Not long afterwards we found cat tracks inside the Reserve.

Over the last 19 years, a few individual cats have breeched the fence like this. Removing them has been a herculean effort. It’s one thing to remove one cat of many in an open landscape, but to seek out and remove one lone cat in a sea of native animals is something else altogether. Great care must be taken when using traps and shooting. Usually the whole Arid Recovery team and volunteer community have to hunt intensively for months on end.

So our feral predator control strategy is to remove cats before they have time to study the fence for weaknesses. To this end, we created a permanent set of cat traps along the outside perimeter of the fence. To draw cats in, we have tried every lure imaginable: fish oil, cat urine piss and sound players that make meowing sounds. These typically catch between one and fives cats per week.

On top of these permanent traps, we also have a team of dedicated volunteer shooters. Feral control not only reduces the risk of incursion, it also creates a buffer zone protecting native animals around the perimeter of the reserve.  Some volunteer shooters have removed over 50 cats and foxes for us. No doubt many of the bilbies and bettongs of Arid Recovery owe their lives to their efforts.

John Crompton our Field and Maintenance Officer patrols the fence and permanent trap sites. Photo Credit: Charmayne Cronje

Unfortunately, no matter how much cat control we do, we will never eradicate cats from this region. There will always be new cats to wander in from elsewhere; whether they are strays from towns or ferals from far far away. But thanks to the rigours and dedicated efforts of staff and volunteers, we have at least kept their numbers lower than they would have been otherwise around the fence.

Our trapping and shooting efforts are not about hating cats and foxes, but about loving our native wildlife and doing everything possible to keep their populations strong. Please support our work managing the threat of feral cats at Arid Recovery. There are many ways you can get involved: you can volunteer, become a Friend of Arid Recovery, come out on a spotlighting tour, join one of our community events or support our work by donating or adopting a bettong or bilby.

Written By Hugh McGregor, in partnership with the University of Tasmania and National Environment Science Programme. 




Keep your eyes peeled for buffel grass

Kimberley Solly - Thursday, October 22, 2015


The Buffel Busters are a volunteer group that have worked tirelessly over the past three years to eradicate buffel grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) from the Roxby Downs region. Buffel grass is the most invasive weed that arid Australia has experienced. It grows quickly to form a dense monoculture, which is far more fire-loving and flammable than native plant species in the arid zone. Buffel grass can outcompete all native understorey plants and invasion of an ecosystem can significantly increase the frequency and intensity of fires, which can eliminate fire sensitive plants such as the long-lived Western Myall, Mulga and native pine trees which you see around Roxby downs. The long term efforts of Buffel Buster volunteers such as Reece Pedler means that the Roxby region has a fighting chance to nip buffel grass in the bud.

 

“We’re trying to protect our long-lived trees, and other plants and animals that are vulnerable to intense fires” said Reece Pedler.

 

We’ve talked about buffel grass before on the Arid Recovery blog (here and here), but we haven’t focussed on what you can do at home to identify buffel grass and make sure you’re not harbouring this declared weed in your garden. We've made a handy poster to help you identify buffel grass at home! Check it out now. 

Buffel grass has two key defining features which separate it from other grass species.

 

First defining feature: Remove an individual seed from the fluffy seed head. If the seed has 9 or more bristles coming from the base of the seed, it is buffel grass.

 


Many bristles come from the base of the individual seed. Credit: Cara Edwards



Second defining feature: After seeds are removed from the stem the stem is rough and wiggly.




The stem is rough and wiggly once seeds are removed. Credit: Kimberley Solly


Other features important for identifying buffel grass include one seed head per stem and the fluffy purple-straw coloured seed head. Some grass species which may be confused with buffel grass do not have the rough and wiggly stem and have less bristles that usually come from the middle or top of the seed burr.


It is particularly important to look out for buffel grass after rain events. Small infestations can be removed by digging out plants, ensuring the deep, tough root system is removed. If you would like more information or would like to join the Buffel Busters on their next working bee please contact Arid Recovery on (08) 8671 2402 or like us on Facebook!


Written By Kimberley Solly, Scientific and Education Officer

Bilby Tails: how to catch a bilby (Macrotis lagotis)

Admin Aridrecovery - Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The second Sunday in September is dedicated to National Bilby Day, so what better reason to tell you of our work on the Greater Bilby in the Arid Recovery Reserve. And it just so happens that last week was a busy week on the reserve fitting radio transmitters to bilby tails as part of a project looking at predator awareness in the Greater Bilby, which is being carried out by Lisa Steindler (a PhD student from UNSW as part of our ARC Project). By fitting a transmitter the bilby’s location can be found, so long as you are in a kilometre range.  Knowing where the bilbies are, in particular their burrow, is very useful for Lisa when it comes to setting up her experiments outside the bilby’s home.


However, before a bilby can be radio tracked a transmitter needs to be attached, but only once the animal has been caught -some would say this is the fun part! Here’s also where a team of volunteers comes in handy. Catching a bilby in a cage trap is quite unlikely, instead fast pairs of legs are much more effective. But why does this need a team I hear you ask? Well bilbies come out at night, therefore a person with a powerful torch, called the spotlighter, is important. It is also handy to have a driver to allow a larger area to be searched. Also, when the spotlighter sees a bilby, being able to drive alongside the running animal allows some distance to be gained on the bilby, increasing the likelihood of a catch. When the car stops you need a runner (the final member of the team) to jump out of the car and run after the bilby. Here’s where a fast runner is essential! Believe me, bilbies are surprisingly fast. But they also have the ability to rapidly zig zag from side to side, confusing the best of runners. Therefore to keep track of the bilby two good runners are often better than one! After successfully catching the bilby (using a net or by hand) the animal is then placed into a dark, fleecy bag to keep it calm. All be it fun remember we were catching bilbies for an important reason, so please do not attempt to try this at home.


Unlike the other animals on the Reserve that have radio collars, bilbies have transmitters that are fixed to the base of their tail using Elastoplast. Previous studies have found that bilbies can often get their feet stuck in collars, so tail transmitters are much safer. However, attaching the transmitters directly to the tail fur of the bilbies is not effective -sand is more likely to get stuck in the Elastoplast  and cause the transmitter to fall off, so the transmitters must be taped to the skin…This is when hairdresser Lisa comes into action (see the photos below)!


The skilled art of fitting a transmitter to a Greater Bilby's tail! Credit: Ruth Shepherd

After the bilby’s transmitter has been attached other important data such as the animal’s body condition is taken by feeling how much fat the bilby has on the rump area. Some of the fur is also collected to be sent away for analysis for cortisol levels (a measure of stress). This allows Lisa to compare stress levels between bilbies living in the expansion with the cats, and the expansion with no predators.

The final piece of data collected is behavioural data which is done when the animal is released in the place where it was caught. Animals differ in how bold or shy they are, and having one of these qualities may make them better at surviving predation (the ARC project is researching this for bettongs, bilbies and stick-nest rats on the Reserve). Bilby boldness is measured by how long it takes, and how much encouragement it takes (by giving the bilby gentle nudges every 3 seconds), before the bilby leaves the bag.

All of the radio tagged bilbies are monitored by Lisa to see their usual pattern of burrow use and behaviour and then how this changes when the bilbies are presented with a model predator or predator poo outside their burrow. Lisa will compare the responses of bilbies that have been living with cats to those that have not to see if there are any differences. This data will be incredibly useful for Arid Recovery in the long-term to test whether predator awareness of bilbies can be improved if they live with a small number of predators (cats in this case). Lisa will also be able to determine whether there are certain behaviours that we can select for when choosing release animals to make them more likely to survive when faced with real predators in reintroductions outside the reserve.

This article is in honour of the Greater Bilby, once common throughout arid Australia but now only occupies 20% of its former range. We hope through the efforts at Arid Recovery that bilbies will be able to be re-introduced into other areas of arid Australia and their numbers will begin to increase. 


Written by Ruth Shepherd, Arid Recovery and ARC Research intern.

Tracking the tracks in the sand

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

The rich red sands of the Roxby Downs area are a photographers dream, providing contrasting with a vivid blue sky or melding into one of those well-known rich outback sunsets.  They are also the perfect tool for monitoring the movements of all who live within the Arid Recovery reserve.

Every three months the staff head out as the sun rises, trekking across kilometres of sand dunes counting the numbers of animal tracks crossing the drag line established the afternoon before.  Not only must the number of tracks crossing the drag be counted but also who made them including bettongs, bilbies, stick- nest rats, western barred bandicoots for our feral free sections and rabbits and cats in our Red Lake Expansion and Dingo Pen. 

The Arid Recovery track transects were established in 1999/2000 after the reintroduction of the Stick-nest Rat, Burrowing Bettong and Bilby. Initially, the species were monitored using radio collars but after 6 months the collars were removed. Initial attempts to monitor all species using cage and large Elliott trapping found that trapping was time consuming and many animals were trap shy.  Trapping also did not sample species consistently with burrowing bettong lining up to get into traps and bilbies avoiding them like the plague. The dunes at Arid Recovery have soft orange dune crests which are perfect for recording track imprints. All reintroduced mammal species at Arid Recovery could be identified by their distinctive tracks making track transects an ideal way of monitoring post release changes in distribution and relative abundance.

Helen Crisp shows Tyson Brown how to measure bibly tracks. Photo by: Kylie Piper

We established 10km of walking track transects in the Main Exclosure which were sampled on the morning after a windy day and calm night. The wind blew away the old tracks so that only fresh tracks were recorded. Later a quad bike was used to drag a bar and chain over the dunes to obliterate old tracks.  This made things easier as it meant we didn’t have to wait for a windy day to do our sampling!  Transects were conducted up to 4 times each year and the number of tracks of each species were recorded per kilometre. Later, we extended the transects to include the first and northern expansion as animals were reintroduced into those areas.  Recently, we have also included measurements of bilby tracks along transects to determine population demographics and breeding events at the time of sampling.

Although track transects do not result in a population estimate they are extremely useful for determining fluctuations in abundance, relative abundance of different species and population spread across the reserve. They can also be calibrated to population estimates derived through capture mark recapture and removal studies.  Transects have the added advantage of also recording any feral animal tracks, allowing for swift removal of any incursions. The transects have now been sampled for over 10 years and I am currently analysing long term trends as part of my PhD. I am comparing distribution and abundance of tracks with post-release factors such as rainfall, time since release and temperature. Results will help determine the most effective reintroduction strategies for each species and increase our understanding of the dynamics of pre-European arid zone mammal fauna.  

Identifying animal tracks isn’t always easy for beginners but here is what we are looking out for:

Burrowing Bettongs have two large hind feet and move in a hopping motion, leaving footprints similar to a kangaroo.  Often you will see the mark of their tail dragging in the sand behind them.

Greater Stick-nest Rats have small footprints similar to those of a cat with a central pad surrounded by four smaller pads for their toes.

Greater Bilbies have large toenails on their hind feet which leave a distinct drag mark in the sand as they hop.

Western- barred Bandicoot hind feet leave an odd sideways V shaped print as they scamper along.

Feral control CATching on for Roxby residents

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



During Feral Cat month we have highlighted the impacts that feral cats have on our native wildlife, but what about responsible cat ownership? 

Should domestic cats be treated in the same way as domestic dogs, with restrictions on their movements and laws to ensure they are registered or desexed? 

It has been established that cats are quite capable at travelling great distances, with feral cats being recorded in almost all habitats across Australia. If allowed by their owner, domestic cats can also wander around residential areas at their own leisure. 

“Whilst away from their owners prying eyes, domestic cats can resort back to natural instincts as cats are hunters and even a well fed pet cat will hunt any fauna it comes across if outside." a representative of the Roxby Downs Council explains. "These cats can have the same impact on the environment as do ‘feral’ cats in the bush, and also create other issues with urinating or defecating in inappropriate places, fighting with each other at night and causing a nuisance with other domestic pets."

The Roxby Downs Council has worked hard to develop a local dog and cat by-law, which helps to reduce the impact pet cats may have on the local environment. Just like a dog, pet cats in Roxby Downs must be registered. When applying for registration owners must also provide proof of micro-chipping and desexing. Cats are not to be found ‘wandering at large’ which means they either need to be secure in your backyard, or on a leash.

If the cat is found or trapped whilst wondering at large, it will be taken to the vet to be checked for a micro-chip, this will enable the owner to be notified. If the cat is not micro-chipped then the cat will be retained for a period of no more than 72hrs. If an owner has not been found, then under the by-law the cat can be euthanized or re-housed (after being de-sexed and micro-chipped and undergoing a health and behaviour check). This year to date there have been 19 friendly stray cats captured, 8 of which had microchips, and 54 feral cats found ‘wondering at large’ in Roxby.

Roxby Downs local veterinarian Erica says, “If your cat is desexed, micro chipped and registered, then you are well on your way to responsible pet ownership, and to not do this is actually illegal in Roxby Downs”. Erica also explains that “Cats do perfectly well inside and the cost of a good cat run is cheaper than vet bills for an injured cat or the fine that can be incurred if your cat is found wondering at large.”

Local archaeologists and cat owners Heather and Oliver have built an outdoor cage for their cats, which allows them to roam the backyard without disturbing the local wildlife. Their “fur babies” are kept occupied indoors with banana and mango boxes for scratching posts and are regularly walked on their leashes around the streets of Roxby.

Members of the public can hire traps from the Council if they have cats roaming around their property. If they catch a cat they can contact council who will pick it up and take it to the vet to be checked for details.

Further details on the Roxby Downs cat by-laws can be found on the Roxby Downs Council website.

Support Feral Cat month by downloading a poster today!

May is Feral Cat Month

Developer 2 (MM) - Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Aiming to raise awareness of the impacts of feral cats on native wildlife, and how to be a responsible cat owner in Roxby Downs, May was officially declared Feral Cat Month at Arid Recovery. 

Contrary to popular belief feral cats aren’t just those that have been left behind as people have packed up and moved on. Whilst these animals are part of the problem it is much larger than that. Feral cats have adapted survive without any human contact in almost all areas across Australia, with estimates of up to 15 million feral cats currently roaming the country.

 

Arid Recovery operates permanent traps and undertakes spotlighting around the boundary of the Reserve to ease the pressure feral animals may place on the fence. In the 15 years of Arid Recovery and our efforts to reduce feral cat numbers, 1579 cats have been captured and euthanized and their stomach contents analysed to determine just what they have been eating. We estimate that each feral cat had on average two small animals in its stomach - the contents of their stomach representing just one night of hunting!

 

If each of the estimated 15 million feral cats ate just two small animals each night, that is 30 million small animals (many of these native) that we are losing every day!

 

The Roxby Downs Council has worked hard to develop a local dog and cat by-law, which helps to reduce the impact pet cats have on the local environment. Just like a dog, pet cats in Roxby Downs must be registered. When applying for registration owners must also provide proof of micro-chipping and de-sexing. Cats are not to be found “wandering at large” which means they either need to be secure in your backyard, or on a leash. If we can ensure that all pet cats are kept away from native wildlife, we will be well on the way to restoring our arid zone.

This photo was taken by Arid Recovery volunteer Fernando Carvalho during an external perimeter spotlight run. This cat had just caught and killed a Spinifex Hopping Mouse (Notomys alexis) moments before the cat was euthanized.

Gearing up for annual trapping

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

From Monday February 11 until Friday February 15, the Arid Recovery annual trapping event will be taking place, filling the week with small mammals and reptiles of the arid zone.

Once again staff and volunteers are gearing up for the big week, with preparations well underway to ensure it runs smoothly. 2013 will see the 16th year this unique event has run, the longest running program of its kind in Australia. Data collated from this annual event clearly shows the impact that feral predators such as cats and foxes have on our native small mammal and reptile populations. Over the years small mammal numbers have increased, now capturing 6 times more small mammals inside the Reserve than outside.

Not only has data shown that cats and foxes have a devastating impact, but also that the Reserve plays an important role as a refuge for many small mammal species. The Plains Rat (Pseudomys australis) was once found across the arid and semi-arid areas of Western Australia, across to central Queensland and to the mouth of the Murray River. Now classed as vulnerable by the IUCN, they are restricted to the gibber plains of the Lake Eyre Basin.

The trapping week ran for a number of years before the first Plains Rat was captured for the first time inside the Reserve. It was an exciting moment for all involved, with the species not trapped in the area for the previous 10 years. Protected areas such as the Arid Recovery Reserve are integral in providing a refuge for these small animals and protecting habitat that may otherwise see their species go extinct.

Ecological surveys such as those undertaken at Arid Recovery and across the nation by other organisations provide us with important information. “Trapping programs such as the Arid Recovery small mammal and reptile trapping help to establish important data on habitat preference and population distribution, integral in the protection of the small critters we are trying to protect,” said Arid Recovery Ecologist Catherine Lynch. “The vegetation has dried significantly since our last trapping event, it will be interesting to see how the animals are responding to this and if numbers have fluctuated.”

A display will once again be up in the Roxby Downs Visitor Information Centre, updated each day with photos of the week from how trapping sites are set up, through to the cute critters caught. The laboratory on the corner of Charlton Road and Olympic Way will be opened up to interested members of the public on Thursday 14th from 3-5pm. Anyone interested in seeing how small reptiles and mammals are processed, and finding out which species call the desert home are invited to call the Arid Recovery office and register their interest for the afternoon.

For further information on taking part in the week, or to find out how the week went last year, please visit the Arid Recovery website http://www.aridrecovery.org.au/2012-annual-trapping .

Native Grazers: friend or foe of native plant species?

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

Most of us are aware of the impact that grazing and trampling by stock and rabbits can have on plant communities across the arid zone. However, little is known about the effects of native grazing animals, particularly medium sized mammals which are now largely extinct across most of arid Australia.

The Arid Recovery Reserve is home to a number of these mammals, including burrowing bettongs, bilbies, bandicoots and stick-nest rats. While establishing populations of reintroduced species within the Reserve has been very successful, we also need to know what effect these animals are having on our plant species.

Since 1997, a number of monitoring sites have been established by Arid Recovery, in collaboration with DEWNR’s Pastoral Branch. Arid Recovery has been monitoring plant cover, condition, diversity and recruitment to determine the effects of introduced herbivores (i.e. rabbits) and reintroduced herbivores (i.e. our bettongs, bilbies, bandicoots and stick-nest rats) on native vegetation communities within the arid zone, and to determine the strongest indicators of change.

Arid Recovery was recently awarded a grant from the South Australian Native Vegetation Council to analyse the data collected as part of the vegetation monitoring, which provided the opportunity to examine hypotheses based on what sorts of changes we expect to see at a landscape scale. A number of researchers at Arid Recovery have also carried out specific studies to investigate whether native herbivores actually provide a benefit to the arid ecosystem, rather than the devastating impacts of introduced herbivores such as rabbits.

The changes in vegetation that we would expect to see include a reduced impact of native browsers on plant recruitment compared to that of introduced species, with higher survival and growth rates of seedlings in areas where rabbits and livestock are excluded. The level of impact, however, is likely to vary depending on the density of individuals within an area.

One Arid Recovery study showed that low to moderate densities of bilbies, bettongs and stick-nest rats have a significantly lower impact on shrub recruitment than low densities of introduced cattle and rabbits.  Recruitment of common species such as mulga, silver cassia and sandhill wattle was reduced or arrested by even low densities of cattle and/or rabbits.  Evidence from this study suggested that mulga may suffer regional declines if recruitment continues to be suppressed by rabbit and cattle browsing. Another study conducted at Arid Recovery has shown that foraging pits dug by bilbies and bettongs may facilitate seedling recruitment. Bilby digs can trap moisture and minerals, creating nutrient rich soil.

A bilby dig at the AR Reserve, showing how it collects seeds, grasses and plant matter, increasing nutrients in the soil at that point.

Arid Recovery is continuing to monitor vegetation changes in response to the presence of introduced and native herbivores. Continuing analysis of the monitoring data should allow us to determine the most effective indicators of change, not just within Arid Recovery but on a landscape scale. Our research will highlight the importance of establishing indicators of overstocking of native species in fenced areas like Arid Recovery, may also assist with developing novel revegetation strategies such as changing the habitat for direct seeding by mimicking animal digs.

Help us celebrate 15 years

Developer 2 (MM) - Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Click here to view the 2012 Open Day poster

Listen to our radio ad - thanks to our sponsors RoxFM

Whilst the current staff at Arid Recovery were not around back in 1997 as works began, they can appreciate the hard work that went in to making the award winning Arid Recovery Reserve what it is today.

2012 sees Arid Recovery celebrating 15 successful years of feral control, reintroductions, scientific papers and more.  Beginning as a dream for local ecologist John Read and his partner Katherine Moseby, the Reserve has now grown from the original 14km2 to cover 123km2.

“I still vividly remember in 1997 when I finally convinced my boss to support paying a major share in the initial 14km long fence” says John with a grin. “We had secured support from both the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the University of Adelaide. His reluctant and muted response was “Go ahead with this but remember there will be no extra costs, no airfares, no lunches, nothing!!”

The first construction phase of the Reserve saw local and visiting volunteers toiling away in the red dirt, wrestling with fencing wire and scrabbling for C-clips to erect the fence. Now half the thirty thousand acre Reserve is free from feral cats, foxes and rabbits, with staff planning to increase this over the next year.  Four locally extinct mammals have been reintroduced successfully, and populations are currently booming, particularly for the Burrowing Bettongs.

Plans are underway for a celebration during the Arid Recovery Open Day, to be held on Sunday August 19th. The event last year was a hit with more than 150 people checking out what goes on behind the fence.  Staff are keen for everyone to take advantage of the open Arid Recovery gate on the day, have a chat and find out a bit more about the Reserve and what makes our arid zone so special.

Further information about the Open Day will be posted on the Arid Recovery website, or keep an eye out about town for posters and brochures.

Top Five things to do for the Environment in Roxby Downs

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

Those of us living in Roxby Downs know how beautiful the red sand dunes are and how lucky we are to enjoy the relaxing calm of the Aussie outback.  With all the talk recently about the damage that can be done, we would like to highlight the good that we can all do.  Arid Recovery have compiled a list of our top five things to do in the Roxby Downs region to help our environment.

    1. Keep your pet cat on a leash.  Roxby Downs has some unique by-laws when it comes to being a pet owner, particularly cats.  All pet cats in Roxby Downs must be micro chipped and de-sexed, and proof of this presented before they are registered, just as you would a dog.  Cats must also be kept under control, so either securely in a backyard or on a leash when in public.  For more information check out our blogs from Feral Cat Month.

http://www.aridrecovery.org.au/_blog/Arid_Recovery_News/post/Cat_on_a_leash/ 

    2. Find out what plants to have in your garden.  We all know that water is a very precious resource in this country, particularly when you are living in the arid zone!  So rather than trying to replicate a small section of tropical rainforest in your backyard, why not have a chat to those at the local garden centre- a native garden will save you time and money.  Click on the link below to learn a little more about the plants that have devastating effects on the local environment when they escape from local gardens.

Fight the Weed Invaders

    3. Join Arid Recovery and visit the AR Reserve.  Becoming a member of Arid Recovery not only supports us in conserving the arid zone, but also offers you the opportunity to play your part in conservation.  Join a tour of the AR Reserve and learn more about the local flora and fauna, with a spotlight walk to the nocturnal hide afterwards, you have the chance to spot a few of the cute and furry local bettongs and bilbies.

http://www.aridrecovery.org.au/friends

http://www.aridrecovery.org.au/tours

    4. Sign up for the Roxby Downs Environment Forum.  The Environment forum gives Roxby locals the chance to have their say on environmental issues in the town and assists in the development of environmental programs throughout the region. Including the Buffel Busters program, helping keep Roxby free from buffel grass, a weed of national significance that can devastate large tracts of land and decrease the biodiversity of the arid zone. For more information about the Roxby Downs Environment Forum check out the Facebook page (go to www.facebook.com and search for Roxby Downs Environment Forum)

    5. Donate to Arid Recovery.  Not only are we protecting a number of threatened native species, we are undertaking research that is aiding conservation efforts nationwide.  Our feral proof fence has been replicated in reserves across the world and costs us $10,000.00 per kilometre to build.  Help us restore the arid zone by donating today- be that by joining as a member, adopting a little Aussie Digger or volunteering your time with us.

https://aridrecovery.worldsecuresystems.com/donate-options

 

 

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