The Nullaki weather smiled on a group of twelve enthusiastic volunteers who assembled at the fire shed to spend a bright sunny Saturday, 18 August, setting traps for our upcoming fauna survey. Under the watchful eye of ecologist Sandra Gilfillan and her assistant Kirsty Vogel, the group dug pairs of holes for large plastic buckets (sealed with lids until the actual survey), connected those with trenches, then laid fence wire between the two. Eight hours later, ten buckets had been placed at each of five sites with different vegetation types, and a considerable amount of bush had been explored. A hand held auger supplied and operated by local landscaper Carl Dusenberg and the lunch provided by WICC were both much appreciated, as was the hard work of all the volunteers.
The Nullaki Conservation Group plans to place the remaining thirty buckets at three additional sites Saturday, 15 September. The survey itself will take place over 5 days in late November. The lids will be removed from the buckets, and small Lewis traps and larger live cage traps will be added to the survey sites. Every morning, Sandra, Kirsty, and volunteers will check the traps, identify, record, and release any animals, and prepare the site for the next day. When complete, we hope to have a better understanding of the fauna of Nullaki.