On June 10th, 2018 the Nullaki Conservation Group hosted its first ever workshop at Bornholm Hall. The workshop was a joint effort with Torbay Catchment Group and Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee, the event attracting 46 people who came out on a blustery, rainy day.
Focusing on fauna conservation, the afternoon provided a snapshot of the outstanding work currently underway across the Albany region, with an emphasis on fauna endemic to the local area, and species listed as endangered or vulnerable.
Clare Barton from Oyster Catchment Group, who has previously worked with Birdlife Australia on the Carnaby’s Cockatoo Recovery Project, kicked off the afternoon with an absorbing talk on the three local species of Black Cockatoos, (Carnaby’s, Baudin’s, and the Forest Red-tailed Black), including a description of current local conservation activities. The audience was captivated by her cockatoo stories and knowledge, which covered everything from their biology, similarities and differences between species, nesting habits, and their use of various calls to communicate in the wild.
Local ecologist and former Land for Wildlife Officer Sylvia Leighton provided a great overview of our unique local fauna, and the diversity of species in the region. She demonstrated the importance of habitat health by sharing her own personal revegetation story, planting thousands of hakea and banksia seedlings to benefit Honey Possums. She spoke about a wide variety of native animals, including amphibians, reptiles, bats, and invertebrates, as well as the threats to wildlife from feral animals.
Presentations were given by Project Officers Pip Tilbrook (Torbay Catchment Group) and Shaun Ossinger (Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee) about the work they are doing, which includes Western Ringtail Possum surveys, and the targeted conservation efforts toward saving the Black-gloved Wallaby and the Honey Possum.
Nullaki Conservation Group also gave a presentation. Topics included an overview and history of the group and its aims, details on the conservation work in progress, and activities involved in the Fauna Survey scheduled for this spring.
The workshop was a great success, with many participants making positive comments, not only on the workshop itself, but also voicing a great appreciation for the combined conservation efforts by all the local community groups. Attendees travelled from as far away as Albany and William Bay, but with most people coming from Denmark, Torbay, Youngs Siding and Nullaki itself, the workshop had a real community feel about it. Many people attending knew each other and participated by asking questions and making comments during the talks.
A second workshop is planned by Nullaki Conservation Group focusing on feral animal control, where an animal control expert will discuss concepts and best-practice tactics. The workshop is planned for August or September so keep an eye out for the flyer or check the website for details.