MEET OUR STAFF:
Michelle Mauric, KIRDO Office Administrator - Michelle supports us though her position at KIRDO, so information on KINRM activities and projects is available during KIRDO opening hours. Phone 03 6462 1778. Currently her reduced hours are Monday to Friday 12pm – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 12pm.
Weed Crew- All staff are working alone to ensure social distancing. Planting native tree seedlings continues at Currie wharf, and council projects. Weed eradication continues at Boggy Creek, Currie wharf, private properties and Pegarah Reserve.
Bird Surveys – Autumn 2020 are now complete. Despite having to modify activities to allow for social distancing restrictions, "Wings on King" volunteers completed surveys at over 45 sites. This is the fourth year island-wide standardised autumn surveys have been completed. There are two each year, one in April/May and a spring survey in October. Wings on King Project invites bird enthusiasts to visit King Island and help gather data from established survey sites. This is a wonderful example of citizen science, supported by a strong team of ornithologists and ecologists.
A highlight of this survey was the sighting of the critically endangered King Island Brown thornbill. This tiny bird is only found on King Island. The thornbill has the unfortunate distinction of being the Australian bird most likely to become extinct over the next two decades — and the scrubtit isn't far behind. The birds are the size of ping-pong balls, and the odds have been against their long-term survival. Recent surveys have given fresh hope that the endemic King Island thornbill and King Island scrubtit can be brought back from the brink. More information on KINRMG work on threatened species...
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos - We are looking for Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos during June and July.They should be moving around in flocks at the moment so if you see any let us know. Better still, download a form and start counting!
Geology of King Island - These two wonderful publications are available for purchase from KIRDO, 5 George Street:
• A Guide to the Geology of King Island Part 1, 2016 by Clive Calver
• Geology of King Island Part 2 - Excursions, 2016 by Clive Calver
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES, If you are interested in doing a project on your property to improve and protect your vegetation, soil, water quality, to look after threatened species or just find out about what is on your property, contact us. We can help with information, project planning, applying for funding, or point you in the right direction for further support.