Fauna: Understanding our animals and their habitat

In order “to protect our environment” we need to identify our local indigenous wildlife – the ‘little critters’ – and understand the effect we are having on their habitat. What follows are some of our efforts (with help from experts!):

A Survey of our protected reserve: The R.J.Chambers Flora and Fauna Reserve from the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria.

Some of the animals photographed during the survey (for more see Gallery):

Birds of Cardinia

Toomuc Landcare’s President, Simon Dunstan, was the photographer for the Shire of Cardinia and the CEC’s Birds of Cardinia: A Field Guide. Laura Leven  of Leppit Road wrote the text. Please click here to see this wonderful local guide.

Hair Tubing

We aim to monitor the effect of the re-vegetation programs and make informed judgements relating to the potential increase in local indigenous wildlife. This monitoring program makes use of  “hair tubing” which takes hair samples of local wildlife with no impact or damage to them. Currently we have selected several areas within the valley from which to gather information about the diversity of the native wildlife. From there we hope to be able to find ways to protect and care for these vulnerable creatures. We would like you to inform us if you have had a sighting in relation to an animal that you think may be of interest or that you feel is unusual to our valley.  Click here to download and read the brochure.

Wombats Need Your Help

Maryknoll Wildknoll Shelter will help you save wombats from a horrible, painful death from mange. Download their flier by clicking here and ring 5942 8518 if you’ve found a wombat with mange.