Red tails, Orange bellies, birdsong and deadline for the winter calendar of events…..

Red tails, Orange bellies, birdsong and deadline for the winter calendar of events…..

Tomorrow, Saturday 4th May is the annual count for the South eastern Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (RTBC), and the RTBC Recovery Team are looking for some last minute volunteers to help with this brilliant day out.

They are needing a few people to help look for the Red-tails within the Cobboboonee National Park,  Annya State Forest (in the Lower Crawford Area) and Honan’s Native Forest Reserve.

It really is a great opportunity to get out in the local bush and help look for one of the region’s most iconic threatened species. Only 1500 Red-tails remain in the wild, and they’re only found in our cross-border region, which makes them extra special.

If you’re able to help, check out the information sheet and contact Bronwyn Perryman on 1800 262 062 or at .  Bron can send you the survey kit and registration sheet via email and will explain everything so you can enjoy your day out while contributing to the conservation of our Red-tails. For more info click here.

A pair of Red-tails. The annual Red-tail count is happening tomorrow 4 May
Photo acknowledgement: Bob McPherson

Hot off the press is the poster for the next Biodiversity ‘Up Close’ event, South East SA’s Dawn Chorus: A morning of birdsong happening on Sunday 19th May in the Caroline Forest, south of Mount Gambier and close to the Victorian border. Check out the poster below or click here for a low resolution version for further information. There’s LIMITED SPACES, so to register click here.

On the same weekend (Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May), the next winter surveys of the Orange-bellied Parrots (OBPs) will take place across the Victorian and South East SA coastline. The first mainland OBP sightings have begun, but we are yet to see one in South West Victoria or South Australia. So keep your eyes peeled while you’re out and about, as anywhere along the coast could produce OBPs. If you want any further information on anything OBP or to report a sighting, contact Bob Green on 0407 649 909 or .

Lastly, if you are a community group, regional organisation or anything in between running environmental/sustainability focused activities and events in the cross border region during June, July and/or August, please let me know so I can add it to the winter edition of the cross-border community enviro events calendar. I just need the following information by  close of business Tuesday 7th May:

  1. The Activity that you will be undertaking:  e.g.  Weed control, bird survey, guided walk, workshop, working bee, monthly get together, etc.
  2. Group Name
  3. Date, meeting place, and time
  4. Contact details for best point of contact – telephone and or email.
  5. Is the event family friendly  (i.e. suitable for all ages?)
  6. Any associated costs, anything specific to bring along, is there a free lunch or is it BYO?

If you don’t know all the details but at least have an activity, date and contact, then I may be able to put it in there. For further info or to pass on your events email me here.

Thanks everyone and have a great weekend!


Becky McCann