What a great turn-out at the Kongwak Hall on Saturday 4 Feb 2023 for Kongwak Hills Landcare Group’s first event of the year, “South Gippsland Birdlife - attracting, identifying and monitoring birds on your property”.
Presenter, environmental educator Jane Taylor, engaged attendees with fascinating facts on birdlife, focusing on how to attract, identify and monitor birds in the local area.
Using a Kookaburra nesting box, (one of the various designs that have been installed on KHLG members properties as part of the boarder citizen science project that this event falls) Jane demonstrated how monitoring equipment that has been purchased by the group, is used on a telescopic pole to illuminate, view and take photos inside the box.
The session was supported with images of birds taken in the Kongwak Pioneer Reserve by local wildlife photographer Robyn Bolding, who also had some lovely greeting cards for purchase showcasing her work of the Eastern spinebill, Supurb fairywren, Spotted pardalote and more.
And… what a great spread for the “pot luck” lunch to cap off the day?
Thank you to all that contributed to a great event.
When you next visit the Kongwak Pioneer Reserve, take your binoculars and keep an eye (and ear) out for resident species such as:
Crested Shriketit and White-throated Treecreeper (species of conservation concern in South Gippsland)
Blue-winged Parrot (declining populations)
And even birds of prey.
The reserve is located on Williams Street Kongwak, accessed best by parking near the tennis courts of R.N Scott Memorial Park 1455 Korumburra Wonthaggi Road.
This event was an educational component for KHLG’s project, “Kongwak Hills homes for wildlife - Engaging Volunteers in Citizen Science”.
Project funded by Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action - Community Volunteer Action Grant 2021.