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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.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Christmas day breeding update

Feeding volunteers monitoring the birds - image S.Tardif
29 fledglings at Yellingbo NCR to date


4 birds known to be either on eggs, or feeding nestlings


65 regular volunteers assisting with the supplementary feeding program.
We currently have 2 gaps in the feeding roster - 1st Sunday and 2nd Saturday of the month. Would you like to find out more about what's involved? Contact Sue

Friday, December 13, 2013

A bumper year

History tells us a wet year is likely to mean a  good breeding season for Helmeted Honeyeaters, and this year is proving that assumption to be correct.

At Yellingbo this year:

Twenty-five known fledglings, to date for the 2013-14 breeding season.


Females sitting on four more known nests, including one female from the October 2013 captive bred release group.

This is all good news for the Recovery Program. Stay tuned for updates - the breeding season extends from August-February.

Find out more about Helmeted Honeyeaters here

Many thanks to all the volunteers who are making a difference to the survival of this bird through planting, supplementary feeding, collecting seed, propagating plants, contributing to planning…

Photographer: Bruce Tardif
Image: light blue/dark blue collecting nesting material