New Coordinator for Orange-bellied Parrot monitoring in SW Victoria
For the past four years I have spent my winters looking for the Orange-bellied Parrots in south west Victoria and I have loved every minute of it. I got to explore some amazing places along our magnificent coastline, met so many wonderful volunteers, and with last year’s confirmed sighting in Peterborough, I feel I have come full circle and it is time for me to go off on a different adventure and pass on the Orange-bellied Parrots to the capable hands of Jess Bourchier.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who supported me over the past four years and made my task so much fun, and the landowners who were always very welcoming and easy going about us strolling through their properties chasing birds we wouldn’t find.
I would also like to thank all the project partners for the trust they have put in me and the great communication to make this project run smoothly over all these years.
And last but not least, I would like to welcome Jess to the OBP community and hope she’ll be welcomed as warmly as I was when I first started. Please get in contact with Jess if you would like to be part of the winter counts this year. It is such a great way to explore some stunning coastline in Victoria.
Good luck Jess and I hope that you’ll get to see an OBP in the wild. Hopefully last year’s bird will return to Peterborough and lets you start the project on a high!
The OBP project is supported by Glenelg Hopkins CMA and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.