New recruit sought
The National Malleefowl Recovery Team are looking for a recruit to the team. This is a very interesting position that we ask you to share with your networks.
Click here for a PDF of the Expression of Interest
Get your copy of the latest Around the Mounds, the National Malleefowl Recovery Team newsletter.
This October saw a massive project in the Dalwallinu region of WA with about 900 mounds checked. It's the largest project the National team have undertaken.
Astron Environmental Services have lent a vehicle to the National Recovery Group so they can carry out a monitoring project coming up in WA. This represents a huge saving for the National Team and will allow more of our funds to be targetted at our other projects. Many thanks go to Astron for their generous donation.
There's been so much happening across the country this past year. Take a look at our 2 page wrap up for 2015-16. HERE.
Preparations for this years Malleefowl monitor training are well under way. There will be plenty of opportunities for new volunteers to learn how to monitor Malleefowl mounds in WA, SA, Vic and NSW. Contact us to find where the nearest is to you.
Our National Coordinator, Tim Burnard, has just concluded a hectic round of presentations in Perth, Kalgoorlie, Mildura, Berri, Meningie, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne.
The large audience at the 2016 GEMG Conference Kalgoorlie.
In NSW the Riverina LLS and Western LLS have just approved funding for three Malleefowl monitoring training courses to go ahead. This August we will conduct training at Buronga, Mount Hope and West Wyalong thanks to the support from the two Local Land Services agencies.
It’s that time of year when our coordinators are busily getting all of last years Malleefowl monitoring data up onto the database.
Joy McGilvray, our newest member to the Recovery Team reported from Perth;
"These tent lanterns featuring native fauna are part of Perth international arts festival opening concert this evening. Malleefowl was first in the line as we walked past."
Malleefowl have been added to the Federal Minister, Greg Hunt, and Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews, list of just 20 birds for the 2020 threatened species strategy. See more at the press release LINK.
This is great news for Malleefowl as it will raise our profile across Australia.
2015 has been a very for all the Malleefowl monitors across Australia. The Recovery Team wish you all a great, well deserved break
On Saturday 10th Oct I commenced stage 2 of the 2015 training sessions by attending the VMRG weekend at Wyperfeld.
Dusk Training Session at Secret Rocks SA
Dubbo training group in Goonoo NSW
Last month was very busy. Not only the Kalgoorlie and Norseman training but also at Merriden Dalwallinu and Murray Bridge in SA.
Monitor training in Merredin WA
National Malleefowl Recovery Team members Joe Benshemesh and Tim Burnard recently visited Kalgoorlie and Norseman for the first of eleven Malleefowl monitoring training sessions happening across Australia this spring.
Malleefowl monitor training in Norseman
The National Team have been approved funding from the Eyre Peninsula NRM Board to purchase four new smartphones.
Group using new phones at training in Lock
A combined grant application to Gundawa from NCMPG, AWC and Bush Heritage has been approved. The grant will cover most of the costs for aerial LiDAR mound searches. An essential first step in Malleefowl monitoring.
Gundawa have also sponsored the NCMPG to run this years training and monitoring.
The Dalwallinu mob go training
It's that time of year when we seem to go a bit quiet in the Malleefowl world. But be assured there's plenty going on behind the scenes.
Graeme presenting at Murray Bridge
When we tallied up the areas of the AM Project Partners we came up with the attached map. A massive 2,500,000 ha with more still to come!
The Adaptive Management (AM) Project has been running since 2012. It has progressed through several stages, and the AM team are excited with the latest progress, which takes us from a planning stage to an operational stage.
As the Malleefowl monitoring season draws to a close, our Coordinators are working away to get all of the data uploaded to the database ready for validation. Validation is where a few specialists comb over all the data and photos gathered to get rid of any mistakes.
With well over 2,000 mounds monitored it’s a big job! And all the more impressive as it is all done by volunteers.
I must brag that when Donna and I were monitoring this year we had special guests at our knock off drinks…..and, no the photo is not doctored!
In Dec 2014 Tim Burnard and Joe Benshemesh headed north on a mission to get greater representation from NSW on the national database. And it’s looking very good!
Joe Benshemesh shows how to monitor.
Secret Rocks is the 26,000ha private nature reserve property of Katherine Moseby and John Read located in north east Eyre Peninsula.
At the end of a hard days walking the group is rewarded with a spectacular sunset at 'Beer Rock'
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 5th National Malleefowl Forum has been concluded!
Over 140 people came to Dubbo and experienced the excellent Taronga Zoo hospitality.
The North Central Malleefowl Preservation Group has concluded a highly successful Malleefowl monitoring training weekend in Dalwallinu. With nearly 40 people attending, President Gordon McNeil said he was very thrilled with the outcome.
Trainee Malleefowl monitors head into the bush.
The National Malleefowl Forum (Dubbo 13-15 Sept) registration dates have been extended! With seats still available, the organising group decided to extend the registration date, but urge everyone to register as soon as possible.
Use this form to register
THe Forum Program is now available.
Click HERE to get a copy of the packed program of interesting speakers.
It’s full steam ahead for the National Malleefowl Forum in Dubbo, 13-15 Sept. A full program of speakers is being finalised and will soon be available on this site.
However, attendees are reminded that registrations close Friday 1st August and with limited places, all Malleefowl lovers are encouraged to register soon.
Click HERE to get your registration form.
Registrations have opened for the National Forum to be held in Dubbo September 12-15.
Click HERE to get a copy of the registration form.
Organisation of the Fifth National Forum has entered a new stage with a great article appearing on page two of the Dubbo Saturday paper.
The Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group will hold its annual Reporting Back Weekend on Saturday 5 April. One big topic for discussion will be the recent fires that destroyed so much Malleefowl habitat.
The National Malleefowl Recovery Team is seeking abstracts for the Fifth National Malleefowl Forum for both oral and poster presentations from individuals and community groups, academics, agencies and organisations involved in management and conservation of Malleefowl.
Roger Pitman reported from a very hot Badja Station in Western Australia the story of a determined Malleefowl Parent.
Sharon Gillam, Chair of the National Malleefowl Recovery Team, is very happy to announce the launching of the new National website.
The National Malleefowl Recovery Team has announced the dates for the next National Malleefowl Forum as 12-15 September 2014. The Forum which attracts people from across Australia will be held in Dubbo
The North Central Mallee Fowl Preservation Group (NCMPG) has received a grant of $19,400 from the Gundawa Association to support its monitoring of Mallee Fowl activity in the area and the uploading of this information to the national database
Tim Burnard has recently returned from a very successful tour of Malleefowl territory in Western Australia. He reports here how the trip went.
Eyre Peninsula locals involved in Malleefowl search
The National Malleefowl Recovery Team has recently appointed Tim Burnard as coordinator to help save this iconic bird.