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Koala Conservation Volunteer Days

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FREE Koala Conservation Days
Koala Conservation volunteer days are a chance to assist a Koala Researcher with helping wild koalas and to help contribute to a Koala Research program

The 15 year Research Program is currently underway and the data from this research is used by National Parks Rangers, Wildlife Carers, Veterinarians and Field Naturalists Clubs.

Koala volunteer
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The day involves a number of exciting ways in which you can help with the koala research whilst also learning about the natural habit of the koala. There will be opportunity to help find new koalas and then once found, note their GPS location, photograph the koala and note the tree species and behaviour of the koala. The wild koalas are viewed from a distance.

Koala volunteer day
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Other animal species found during the day will be recorded and you will be able to help record these sighting to the Atlas of Australian Birds and the CSIRO's Atlas of Living Birds. This information helps track the population over time and is a valuable resource.

Whilst part of the day is about finding koalas in the wild the other important aspect is maintaining their habitat. Boneseed (Chrysanthemoides monilifera) is an invasive weed and areas in and around wild koalas in the the You Yangs avoid areas which are thickly infested with this weed of National Significance. Part of the day will involve pulling out these shallow rooted weeds by hand.
Koala volunteer days
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Dates are 18 January, 15 February and the 23 March 2014

Please bring lunch, a hat, drinking water, gardening gloves and binoculars.

The duration of the event is approximately 6 hours.

Bookings are required and can be made by calling 9646 8249 or email enquiries@echidnawalkabout.com.au if you have any questions. Pick up is available from Melbourne city for 10 people however please book early.

Kids? Children 7-15 years of age who can be quiet and with an enthusiasm for wildlife can participate. Wild koalas can be disturbed by noisy behaviour so it is preferred that families with children drive themselves so that they can leave at any time should children become restless with the activities.

Whilst this is a free activity donations to help support koala research are appreciated.
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Why? To help conserve the koalas and their habitat
When: 18 January, 15 February, 23 March 2014
Phone: 03 9646 8249
Where: You Yangs Regional Park
Cost: Free, bookings required
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