Habitat loss is the greatest cause of species loss
... and the Victorian government has answered the call.
$400,000 has been provided in the 2015-16 state budget to help protect and grow populations of Victoria’s bird emblem.
The funding will be used to purchase land for new habitat. The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater have explored several suitable land sites that are ideally suited to support and nurture the species’ small but growing population. Over the coming months, these properties will be assessed for best value for money, and
best long-term outcomes for the Helmeted Honeyeater and lowland Leadbeater's Possum populations at Yellingbo.
We are excited!
Deputy Premier James Merlino MP made the announcement on Friday
saying “The hard work of volunteers, staff at DELWP and the efforts
from organisations like Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater mean this
species enjoys a bigger population today than we’ve seen in decades.”
At last count, 192 individual Helmeted Honeyeaters were recorded in the wild. In the 2015-16 breeding season there were:
- more breeding pairs than ever before
- more fledglings than ever before
- a larger total population than ever before.
The new funding comes on top of $175,000 funding provided in December last year by the Andrews Labor government for the Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Program to extend a supplementary feeding program. With this funding, the program has been able to increase its volunteer base from 49 to 89 people actively involved, and starting shortly, is aiming to extend its monitoring initiatives. Stay tuned for the end of season report.Would you like to be part of the volunteer team that is making a difference to the survival of the Helmeted Honeyeater?
Contact the nursery and habitat planting team
for further details.Contact the supplementary feeding team
for further details.