Volunteers called to join search for cute critters

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
Angela Sanders cradles a western pygmy possum.
Camera IconAngela Sanders cradles a western pygmy possum. Credit: William Marwick/Bush Heritage Australia

Ever dream of getting up close and personal with some of the cutest creatures on the planet?

Well, now you have the chance.

Bush Heritage Australia will be conducting two fauna trapping expeditions in October and November to gain a better understanding how revegetation is tracking in three of their sites across the Great Southern region.

To help ecologists survey animals found on the sites, including the incredibly cute western pygmy possum and honey possum, BHA is calling for volunteers to join them.

“We do this every year, it’s part of monitoring our restoration and the undisturbed bushland...previously cleared farms that we’re revegetating to link up bushland,” BHA ecologist Angela Sanders said. “We get volunteers to come and help us, a whole host of different volunteers come up.”

Arachnophiles, insect lovers, bird fanatics and reptile enthusiasts will also be catered for.

Bush Heritage Australia are on the look out for volunteers.
Camera IconBush Heritage Australia are on the look out for volunteers. Credit: William Marwick/Bush Hertiage Australia

“We do vegetation surveys, we look at how revegetation is developing, then we look at the fauna species that use that area and we’re able to then improve the way we do our revegetation,” Ms Sanders said.

Western pygmy possums have a body that grows to about 8cm and a tail of roughly the same length.

When the temperature drops, they can enter days-long hibernating periods called torpor.

Researchers sometimes find the nocturnal marsupials when they are still curled up in a ball in a torpid state.

Volunteers can join through the BHA website.

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