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Koala Conservation Days at the You Yangs

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Koalas can be hard to find without a Koala Researcher
Koalas are one of Australia's most famous mascots, but have you ever seen a koala in the wild? Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours have organised Koala Conservation Days; a day to learn, meet and help koalas in their natural habitat. The group will search the bush at the You Yangs Regional Park for hard to spot koalas. Participants will also monitor the koala's behaviour, remove weeds from their habitat and take records of all other wildlife seen, in the company of a Koala Researcher. The cost for the day is only $20 and I know you have more questions, so read on to find the answers.


Who are the event organisers
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Since 1993 Echidna Walkabout has been organising wildlife tours for tourists and travellers in wildlife rich regions near Melbourne. Company founders/owners Janine and Roger both have a strong respect for the environment, indigenous cultures and interest in environmentally sustainable living.

Why Koala Conservation Days?

Koala Conservation Days are part of Echidna Walkabout's 16 year citizen-science Koala Research Project.

Part of the day will be spent assisting the Koala Researcher locate the grey furry bears, up in their natural habitat, the eucalyptus trees. An experienced researcher will demonstrate techniques to find koalas in the Australian Bush.

What happens once a koala is spotted?

Once a koala is found, the Koala researcher will show you how they photograph it, GPS locate it, and note their behaviour and tree species.

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How do the researchers track the koalas without harming them?

Most of the koalas in the area are known to Janine and Roger– some for many years. In 1998 Janine invented a method to identify the koalas without touching them, using natural nose markings.

What do koalas do?

Koalas are well known for sleeping and eating, but they also 'fly'. The Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours have put together a video on one of their known wild koalas Truganina doing the The Flying Koala; where they jump from branch to branch. Imagine the excitement in seeing that!

Why should I help weed for koalas?

Weeding takes up only about 1.5 hours of the Koala Conservation day, and is essential for improving Koala habitat. Boneseed (Chrysanthemoides monilifera) is an invasive weed and koalas in the You Yangs avoid areas thickly infested with it. By removing the weed the areas are suitable for koalas. Weeding is easy, chemical-free, and requires no special tools or equipment.

What else will I learn on the day?

Besides how to spot and identify koalas for the project, you will learn about the koalas environment. On walks through the koala habitat, there will be bird watching, as well as the opportunity to observe wallabies and other mammals and reptiles you wouldn't otherwise know where to find without your experienced guide. The researcher will also point out plants and explain their importance to koalas throughout the walks.


Where is the meeting point for the day?

The meeting place for the day is Little River reserve at 9:00am, the group will then travel to the research area in the You Yangs.

What if I don't drive?
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Transport may be available from Melbourne CBD for a limited number of people. Please contact Contact Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours before you book if you require transport from Melbourne.

How do I book?

To register for one of the Koala Conservation Days click here.
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Why? Help create koala habitat, learn & meet koalas
When: Saturday 22 November and Saturday, 20 December 2014
Where: You Yangs Regional Park
Cost: $20
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