Put together fifteen budding ecologists, add in a handful of experts plus one amazing wildlife reserve and what do you get? An unforgettable course in animal trapping techniques.
Earlier this month Central Regional TAFE held a week-long Certificate III Animal Handling Course at the stunning Charles Darwin Reserve.
Staff from Bush Heritage and Conservation Council WA shared their knowledge and skills on fauna trapping using pitfall traps, funnel traps, Elliott traps and mist nets. A variety of animal species, including dunnarts, bats, birds and reptiles were caught, measured and happily released. See Image Gallery at the bottom.
NACC’s Biodiversity Coordinator Jessica Stingemore joined the group and said: “WA’s Midwest is home to some of the world’s most amazing and unique species and Charles Darwin Reserve is no exception.”
“In fact, the reserve is an important refuge for animals and plants once widespread in the region.
“Being able to learn about animal handling techniques from industry experts at a reserve with such diversity, truly gives up-and-coming ecologists the best chance to excel in the future. And with their dedication and commitment I know we can work together to save our species.”
Central Regional TAFE hope to run this course regularly so if you are interested in participating in this amazing opportunity and missed out on this course contact [email protected] for further information.
This project is supported by Central Regional TAFE and the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, through funding from the Australian Government.