Join us for a day in the bush at the You Yangs Regional Park
Help create koala habitat & learn about koalas!
Meet Melbourne's most famous wild koalas!
Learn how koala researchers identify koalas
Enjoy a day helping Koalas in the wild. Search for koalas, monitor their behaviour, remove weeds from their habitat and take records of all other wildlife seen, all in the company of a highly experienced Koala Researcher.
Part of the day is spent assisting our Koala Researcher to find wild koalas in their natural habitats. Your researcher will show you techniques to find wild animals in the Australian Bush. Once found, each koala is photographed, GPS located, their behaviour and tree species noted. Most of the koalas in the area are known to us – some for many years – and all are part of our 16 year citizen-science Koala Research Project. We use natural nose markings to identify the koalas without touching them – this method was discovered by Janine Duffy of Echidna Walkabout in 1998 and is being prepared for peer-reviewed publication now.
Koala habitat improvement takes up about 1.5hours of the day. Boneseed (Chrysanthemoides monilifera) is an Invasive Weed of National Significance. Wild koalas in the You Yangs avoid areas thickly infested with Boneseed, so by removing the weed we make areas suitable for koalas. Weeding is easy, chemical-free, and requires no special tools or equipment.
As important as the koalas themselves is their environment. We break the weeding with walks through the koala habitat, observing birds, wallabies and other mammals, reptiles, and discover plants that are important to koalas.
The meeting place for the day is Little River reserve at 9:00am, we will then travel as a group to our research area in the You Yangs. Note - Please do NOT go straight to the You Yangs.
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