The Wild Encounters project focused on five threatened species; Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua), Brown treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus victoriae), Eastern Bentwing-bat (Miniopterus orianae oceanensis), Greater Glider (Petauroides volans) and the Spotted-Tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus). Producing resources (fact sheets) and awareness-raising of these species increased the knowledge of the project participants.
Participant feedback sheets were filled in by 48 participants (56% of attendees). Participants were asked how they ranked their knowledge of threatened species before and after each session. Average rankings increased from 1.5 (Low to Average Knowledge) to 2.9 (Average to Good/Better Knowledge).
Improved knowledge on how to protect threatened species may lead to positive behavioural changes. For example, attending landholders may now look to retain fallen timber to enhance the habitat value on their property.
School students from Ilford, Lue and Goolma Public Schools also participated in the project with walk and talk sessions at their schools to explore aspects of Green Day that couldn’t proceed due to COVID restrictions.
Our Landcare nursery propagated 1500 plants that have been planted within our region to support the habitat of the species.
Check out our factsheets below about our five focus species to learn more about them:
Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua)
Brown treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus victoriae)
Eastern Bentwing-bat (Miniopterus orianae oceanensis)
Greater Glider (Petauroides volans)
Spotted-Tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus)