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A busy time for biodiversity conservation

Monday 3 October, 2011
The Whroo Goldfields Conservation Management Network (CMN) has been very busy lately, with the production and installation of the signage at Doctors Swamp, near Murchison, as well as a successful bird observing walk.The Doctors Swamp signage, funded through a 'Healthy Parks Healthy People' grant, displays some wonderful photographs of the flora and fauna of the region, as well as information on ways to help look after the reserve. Working with Parks Victoria to provide the signage has been a positive partnership.

The Whroo Goldfields Conservation Management Network (CMN) has been very busy lately, with the production and installation of the signage at Doctors Swamp, near Murchison, as well as a successful bird observing walk.The Doctors Swamp signage, funded through a 'Healthy Parks Healthy People' grant, displays some wonderful photographs of the flora and fauna of the region, as well as information on ways to help look after the reserve. Working with Parks Victoria to provide the signage has been a positive partnership.

The woodland bird observing event, 'Walk and Squawk', was held on Tuesday August 30th to begin the month long activities of Biodiversity Month. Chris Tzaros from Birds Australia led a group of 31 interested Whroo Goldfields CMN members and visitors through Tooborac No 2 State Forest, to learn the skills of bird watching, and to listen to the various birdsong of the forest.

"Having someone like Chris, with his vast knowledge of the area, to take our group on this walk to learn some of the finer skills of bird watching was fantastic" says CMN coordinator Janice Mentiplay-Smith.

"Chris urged us to 'watch with our ears', emphasizing the importance of identifying birds by their calls and songs, as well as by what they look like".

As well as the' Walk and Squawk' and the Doctors Swamp signage, this year the Whroo Goldfields CMN has also undertaken a fox baiting program, a nest box monitoring program, held a Golden Sun Moth Pancake Breakfast Biodiversity Celebration Day, produced a calendar and four newsletters, held a two-day bus trip for visiting CMN members and enjoyed hearing from several guest speakers.

For more information about the Whroo Goldfields CMN, and to find out how to become involved in one of our activities, please contact CMN Coordinator Janice Mentiplay-Smith on 56711644 or Janicem@gbcma.vic.gov.au

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