NACC NRM Community All A Flutter for Malleefowl

NACC NRM’s latest round of Biodiversity Community Grants have been announced – supporting biodiversity protection and recovery actions for the region’s threatened Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata).

This round of funding focuses on protecting and managing Malleefowl and their habitats through collaborative planning, increased engagement and alignment of natural resources, scientific, and community sectors. It is also supporting partnerships between agencies, organisations, the community, landholders and Traditional Owners.

NACC NRM’s Bushcare Officer Jarna Kendle said that Malleefowl numbers have significantly declined in the last 20 years and are now largely reliant on limited reserves containing suitable remnant vegetation, as are many of Western Australia’s threatened species.

“These grants are set to improve our understanding and management of Malleefowl their habitat, predator interactions, population trends and the effectiveness of on-ground efforts.”

Miss Kendle added “The grants will also help to coordinate annual monitoring across the state as well as raise the profile of the plight of Malleefowl helping to establish it as a flagship species.”

Recipients of the NACC NRM Biodiversity Community Grants 2019 Round Five –

  • Western Australian Malleefowl Recovery Group – 2020 WA Malleefowl Training Muster
    • The project will provide Malleefowl monitoring training to local Aboriginal people, local landholders and volunteer citizen scientists. The training will be provided in the field as part of the national annual monitoring program.
  • National Malleefowl Recovery Group – Adaptive Management Predator in Gunduwa Region
    • The Adaptive Management Predator Experiment utilises motion sensor cameras to monitor fauna aiming to identify the link between predator control work in the NAR and the associated impact on Malleefowl populations.
  • Bush Heritage Australia – Monitoring fauna and flora changes following a patch burn in Malleefowl habitat
    • This project will take advantage of a ‘natural experiment’ using camera traps to monitor changes in flora composition and fauna activity within Malleefowl habitat following a recent patch burn caused by lightning strike.
  • Moore Catchment Council – The Last Stand
    • A community led environmental information event to which aims to raise awareness of Wheatbelt and Banksia woodlands, including threatened fauna which utilise these habitats such as Malleefowl.

These Biodiversity Community Grants are supported by NACC NRM through funding from the Australian Government’s Regional Land Partnerships component of the National Landcare Program


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