At our meeting this week, we were delighted to present this year's Wilma Barden Memorial Grant to Ross Crates from ANU.
Ross is undertaking a PhD project on "The ecology and conservation of the Regent Honeyeater", a species vitally connected to the Hunter Region.
It is Critically Endangered nationally (and locally) and there has been a dramatic decline in numbers.
There are breeding records from many Hunter Region locations, the most easterly being from the Tomalpin Woodlands near Kurri Kurri (which are under threat of "development").
We hope Ross's project will help make some inroads into the dire outlook for Regent Honeyeaters!
We have added a new page under the field studies menu called Report a banded bird. Use this page to report a sighting of a banded bird.
July Bird of the Month
It is unlikely to be a candidate for anyone's "prettiest bird" list but these birds do have some intriguing features.
They are found in the rainforests and wet sclerophyll forests of our Region (and elsewhere) and when most people encounter them they usually are scratching away amid the leaf litter looking for worms and snails.
At night though, they scramble up into the tops of trees, where they are safer from predators. They get up there by "fly-hopping" from branch to branch.
They are a mound-builder when breeding (more on that in another posting later this month). They seem to be becoming more common in recent years, and to be spreading in range.
Photo: Steve Merrett.
Can you help?
Francoise Lermite, is the inaugural recipient of a Wilma Barden Memorial Grant for her PhD studies on Common Mynas. Francoise is also seeking information about the "other miner", being the Noisy Miner. For more information about the grants Click here for details.