Another Excellent VMRG Training Event
Every year on the second weekend of October, the Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group (VMRG) hold a monitor training weekend at Wyperfeld National Park. The weekend is the group’s main event of the year and the ideal chance to hone up skills and catch up with friends.
Some of the many campers at the 2014 VMRG training weekend
The weekend is a mix of fun and serious activities that combines monitoring training using latest technology and safety in the bush with great food and refreshments. The weekend also includes the group’s AGM with voting in of a new committee. This year saw Peter Stokie (President for the past three and a half years) hand over the reins to Bernie Fox as incoming President.
Peter Stokie at addresses the meeting at VMRG weekend
The VMRG is a volunteer conservation organisation dedicated to preserving and conserving the iconic Malleefowl. Each year, monitors visit over 1200 Malleefowl nest sites at over 40 sites and collect data on nest activity, vegetation, competitor and predator species presence. The information collected adds to a data set established by Dr Joe Benshemesh, which has been monitored annually in some locations for 25 years.