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Monitoring and Management

As Australia’s national group of Malleefowl scientists, we offer a range of services that contribute to Malleefowl conservation. These include:


• Mound surveys and monitoring, including ground-truthing of LiDAR results
• Development and review of Malleefowl monitoring programs
• Development and review of Malleefowl management plans
• Training events for staff and volunteers
• Education events


Our organisation is backed by a highly-skilled team of scientists, with unmatched expertise in Malleefowl ecology, conservation and monitoring techniques, as well as decades of experience in conducting fieldwork across Australia.


Please get in touch with us to discuss your plans for Malleefowl monitoring or management.


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Malleefowl Muster! The WA Malleefowl Recovery Group is pleased to announce the Program for this year’s inaugural Malleefowl Muster at the Yongergnow Malleefowl Centre in Ongerup on the 17th and 18th October.

This is a FREE event with meals provided but places are limited - please contact Liz Kington on to register your attendance.

During a jam-packed Muster Saturday, we will be hearing from Dr Joe Benshemesh from the National Malleefowl Recovery Team (via a Zoom meeting) who will talk to us about what’s happening with Malleefowl around Australia, and we have the pleasure of an evening talk from Drs Mike and Mandy Bamford, WA Ecologists who specialise in wildlife research and science communication, at the BBQ dinner … and there’s plenty more presentations and things to do in between.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, we are currently restricted in WA to the number of people we can accommodate at this free public event. So, if you are no longer wishing to attend and have not already told us, please let us know so we can enable others to attend.

We are looking forward to meeting you all at the Muster!

This event has been made possible through The WA Malleefowl Recovery Group, Yongergnow Malleefowl Centre and supported by the NACC through funding by the National Landcare Program.
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NEWS UPDATE! The Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group (VMRG) is excited to announce that small grants are available from the Geoff Armstrong Bequest to provide financial support to projects that will make a positive difference to malleefowl conservation and preservation in Victoria or to promote the enhancement of the natural environment for malleefowl in Victoria.

Applications for projects in other states will be considered but Victoria must benefit in some way.
Applications must be made through The Wettenhall Environment Trust.
Applications open 1 October 2020 and funds allocated November 2020.

Link to apply:
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Good luck little one! After their emergence from the mound, the chicks are capable of leaving the nest mound entirely on their own and receive no parental care. They are capable of feeding and flying within 24 hours of their emergence. The knowledge of what to eat, what predators are, what to avoid, how to build mounds is embedded in the chicks DNA.

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Our first e-newsletter went out this morning, if you already subscribed to "Around the Mounds" in its PDF and printed form then you should have received it (check your spam folder).

If not then there it is:
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The Australian Wildlife Conservancy has been uploading great talks called "AWC in Conversation" in the past few months.

Episode 7 of Season 2 had Professor Thomas Lovejoy talk about Biodiversity and he mentioned malleefowls & megapodes (with an awesome photo of him at a mound) at around the 22min mark:

A great watch (as is the whole series!).

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A beautiful short film giving you a glimpse into what it is like to volunteer on malleefowl work - the largest threatened species monitoring project in Australia - and why your help is so important.

It's amazing to see people from all walks of life come together with this one common goal: helping the malleefowl.

Thank you to everyone who has participated over the years, and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with you over the years. Your help is crucial to the survival of the malleefowl.

Please note that things might be different due to COVID-19 this year, so please make sure to follow this page and subscribe to our newsletter to get the most up-to-date information:

#malleefowl #volunteering - This was filmed pre-covid.
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Our live camera at the Adelaide Zoo is back online. Now you can watch a pair of malleefowl do their thing from the comfort of your home:

This video was taken from the camera a while ago and people watching at the time would have seen egg-laying live!! Head over to our website (link in bio) and have a look! The camera is active from 5 am to 9 pm.

We'll update the highlights when we capture new events.

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Malleefowl calling from the mound - another example of their great vocalisations! Have you ever heard them ??

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There is still time to vote for the Malleefowl! Head over to

Go team Malleefowl!

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This project is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.