Become a citizen scientist

“COOEEE” is the call is going out to landholders in the Saddleback Corridor, who can attend a free workshop this Saturday morning at Foxground.

The Illawarra to Shoalhaven Partnership of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative are hosting a workshop to ask landholders what wildlife is living on their land. 

Under the Resilient Biodiversity in the Saddleback Corridor project, the workshop is being run by the Illawarra to Shoalhaven Partnership (I2S) in collaboration with the National Parks Association of NSW, funded through the state government’s Environmental Trust.

Landholders are invited to volunteer as ‘citizen scientists’ by using motion detection cameras on their property to identify wildlife living on or moving through the landscape. 

Also on offer is the option of registering for free feral animal control training provided by the South East Local Land Services.

The Saddleback Corridor, one of ten focus corridors of the I2S region, runs eastwards from Jamberoo Lookout through the Southern Jamberoo Valley to Saddleback Mountain and south west to Foxground Valley, and includes Mount Brandon, Tootawallin Gully and Currys Mountain areas.

I2S regional facilitator David Rush said the Saddleback Corridor contains many connected corridors of remnant native vegetation which provide habitat, feeding, breeding and shelter opportunities for a range of native wildlife and their movement. 

There are also patches of rainforest in this corridor. 

“The workshop will outline the results of a similar very successful project which was conducted in the Berry Corridor recently,’’ Mr Rush said.

‘‘Being a citizen scientist is fun, interesting, socially and environmentally satisfying and landholders found the project very exciting and worthwhile.

‘‘The project also includes education material on the impacts of feral animals on farms and local native habitats which will also go out to some of the local schools in the district.’’

For more information or bookings, phone David Rush on 44294453 or email davidr@npansw.org.au.

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