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BY JOE BENSHEMESH NMRT The camera-traps the VMRG placed at 6 sites in 2015 have been producing a bounty of photos, as our team of…

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SECOND ROUND - SMALL GRANT AVAILABLE from The Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group (VMRG)!

Applications open on 1 December 2020 and funds released in February 2021: wettenhall.org.au/grants/apply/

The Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group (VMRG - www.malleefowlvictoria.org.au/) has small grants 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.

In accordance with the policies and aims of the VMRG ( www.malleefowlvictoria.org.au/policies.html ) this may include research projects or activities that include on-ground monitoring, raising awareness of malleefowl issues or undertaking field research.

It may also include research and/or education into known or emerging mallefowl threats (both human and natural) such as predators, competition, land management or climatic impacts on malleefowl numbers or breeding activities.

The citizen science model of science, research and education is strongly supported by the VMRG as is community education and training that leads to malleefowl conservation and preservation.

Applications open on 1 December 2020 and funds released in February 2021
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Wait until you see it! This camera trap captured another amazing glimpse into Malleefowl life. You can see the chick’s head emerging from the sand while the adult is scratching, he evens get a few pecks on the head before coming out and wobbling his way into a new life!

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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NACC NRM are thrilled to announce that the National Malleefowl & Threatened Species Forum will be held in Geraldton, WA on 7 -10 September 2021!

If you haven’t already, ensure you are saving the date NOW.

This forum will provide opportunities for presenters and attendees to network and discuss the priorities of current national, state and regional threatened species strategies! We hope to create a space to share information on activities and interventions, science and solutions for protecting and recovering Australia’s threatened plants and animals. This year will mark the first time the National Malleefowl Forum has been held in conjunction with the WA Threatened Species Forum, presenting an opportunity for national exposure and shared learning!

We are now providing your opportunity to be involved. If you feel that you have an informative presentation to bring to this forum, we want to hear from you! Simply complete this Expression of Interest Form (bit.ly/3meZBc4)
with your abstract for the opportunity to participate, share and promote ideas in your very own session!

More info: www.nacc.com.au/event/national-malleefowl-wa-threatened-species-forum-2021/
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Last week this camera trap captured this stunning image of a malleefowl in the late afternoon light, on top of a mound spreading its wings... How beautiful! ... See MoreSee Less

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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 wamalleefowlrg@gmail.com 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: wettenhall.org.au/grants/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.

Video: John Chandler.

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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: mailchi.mp/1a0cd9ba3890/malleefowl-newsletter-september-2020
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This project is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.