Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater

Unido: 27.sep.2020 Última actividad: 14.abr.2021 iNaturalist Australia

The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater (FoHH) formed in 1989 when the wild population of Helmeted Honeyeaters reached a critical low of 50 birds in the wild - in the world. With sustained effort by many, there are now approximately 245 birds in the wild. Though a great achievement, there is more to do to ensure this taxa, known only from Victoria AUS, does not become extinct. We are in it for the long-term, and up for the challenge.

FoHH operate from Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve (YNCR) approximately 50 km east of Melbourne, Victoria. YNCR is both home and refuge to many endangered species including two state emblems: the Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeater's Possum. YNCR is also significant for a state listed threatened vegetation community, the Sedge-rich Eucalyptus camphora swamp. Our 180+ membership shares a concern for the future of Victoria’s federally listed Critically Endangered bird and mammal emblems. We work collaboratively with landholders, groups, businesses and agencies to help conserve Australia’s unique flora and fauna.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to all on-ground volunteer involvement in our programs for more than 7 months. In mid November 2020 volunteer involvement started to resume, albeit in a reduced capacity as COVID restrictions stay in force.

The COVID enforced 'time-out' from the hectic pace of previous years has allowed a reflective look at what we are doing, with iNaturalist now being entrenched in a number of our activities. Our volunteers are building a pictorial record of 'YNCR and surrounds' whilst adding to known scientific records. The equally important benefits are immense. We learn together, laugh and share in the joys of being out in the natural world with like-minded people. iNaturalist is a fabulous tool for community engagement!

We can also be found at: www.helmetedhoneyeater.org.au

FoHH respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Custodians of the lands known as Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and wildlife and pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

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