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Participate in Wedderburn CMN activities

The Wedderburn Conservation Management Network (WCMN) has a number of projects that require short term or longer term hands on participation by volunteers. People who wish to become involved in this work do not have to be, or become, members of the Wedderburn CMN.


Bird monitoring activity – there are ten bird monitoring sites set up within the network’s area for bird monitoring. These sites would be monitored three to four times per year. This is a great opportunity for those interested in birds to gain practical training and at the same time contribute to important research. Volunteers would be initially teamed up with experienced bird monitors.


Direct seeding by hand – the network is engaged in trialing a strategy which involves improving the quality of habitat around six malleefowl mounds. This involves small teams of volunteers going into the bush and laying down seed by hand. A great opportunity to get out and experience the real bush. This work would involve around three to four daily sessions this year.


Eucalyptus harvesting site project monitoring – the network is at present involved in the restoration of land formerly used for eucalyptus harvesting. The sixteen hectare site has been classified as a highly dysfunctional landscape. Fifteen monitoring lines of 50m length have been set up in various parts of the site for monitoring the progress of the work through time. The monitoring involves walking along the lines and recording the condition of the soil and bush. Training is provided in this form of monitoring. The monitoring would be carried out two to three times per year.


Line searches for malleefowl mounds – in order to establish base line data concerning the population of endangered malleefowl in the Wychitella Nature Conservation Reserve it is necessary to have a very clear picture of how many malleefowl mounds there are in the area and how often they are used. This means locating the mounds. The network will be running a training session on the use of handheld GPS devices used in such searches. The work involves walking through the bush in a line of six to ten people keeping your eyes peeled for mounds. Searches would be carried out depending on the availability of volunteers. Training will be held in the last week of March or the first week of April this year.


If you are interested in being involved in any of these activities please contact

Michael Moore on 54943542     

Email:  emandem@iinet.net.au  

or use the email address in the CONTACT US menu item above


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