May 2017 community spotlighting program

DSCN2492Dates: generally Monday and Friday, with some exceptions – read on.

May: Mon. 1, Tues. 9, Fri. 12, Mon. 15, Frid 19 (Cancelled – rain), Mon. 22, Fri. 26;
June: Frid. 2 (last chance!)
Times: 6.30 to 9.30 pm, or part thereof.

Meet in the forest at 6.30 pm sharp – cnr Barjarg Rd and Lima East Rd (Google Maps search -36.886240, 145.886603). We’ll start with an introduction to the forest and some training in how the surveys are conducted, before heading to the evening’s survey sites. All spotlighting surveys will be along the roads and tracks. BYO spotlight/headlamp/torch, camera and binoculars if you have them. Please check the weather forecast prior to attending and dress accordingly. If the forecast is for windy, or wet conditions the evening may be cancelled – check this page for updates!

Numbers for each event are limited, so if you intend coming along please let me know by, preferably, texting, or emailing, or if you need to, give me a call/leave a message. Before departing for the forest check this page in case details have changed.

Here are two short videos of Greater Gliders we observed whilst spotlighting recently. Greater Gliders eat eucalypt leaves – exclusively, so they are usually seen in the tops of trees, where the freshest, yummiest leaves are. Other species we regularly observe are Bobucks (aka Mountain Brushtail Possums), Common Ringtail Possums, Koalas and Boobook Owls.

This black phase Greater Glider was sitting unusually low, about 6 m above ground, in a Messmate eucalypt. Once detected, greater Gliders often remain motionless for long periods – this one was unusually active. The

Though a bit difficult to see, this is a grey phase Greater Glider perched 25 m up, in the broken top of a Narrow-leaf Peppermint. It’s tail isn’t visible, but you can see the thick, fluffy fur which keeps the possum warm in the tree tops on a cold, wet night.

This is a Strathbogie Ranges CMN project. This project was funded with the support of the Victorian Government.

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