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Yellingbo, Woori Yallock Creek sub-catchment, Australia
Have you ever wanted to contribute to conservation of a threatened species? The Helmeted Honeyeater is Victoria's state emblem and is listed as: 1. Critically endangered (DSE Advisory List Of Threatened Vertebrate Fauna In Victoria - 2007) 2. Threatened (Victorian Govt. Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988) 3. Critically endangered (Federal Govt. Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999) Can people make a difference to this bird's long-term survival? We believe anyone can. Check out the 'Take action' button on our homepage (www.helmetedhoneyeater.org.au), then contact us for more details.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Microchips vs leg bands - monitoring Helmeted Honeyeaters

We are often asked during our community education talks why we don't use microchips instead of leg bands to monitor the Helmeted Honeyeaters in the wild. It's a good question. So good in fact that Healesville Sanctuary are currently undertaking a trial to determine whether it's a viable option in the future.

Read more here: http://www.zoo.org.au/Conservation/Research/Wildlife_Reintroduction/Microchip_Trial

Thank you - another reveg plot is possible

Our recent fundraiser - Rochford Winery movie night - raised $320. The Friends sincerely thank Rochford Winery for making the night possible, Healesville Sanctuary who advised us of the opportunity and those families who came out on a mild balmy night to enjoy Up with us. The Friends will use the dollars raised to pay a fencing labourer to erect a revegetation plot designed to exclude feral animals, in particular feral deer on the Woori Yallock Creek arm of the Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve. Habitat plantings have proven to be 95% successful using this methodology. Thank you.