Volunteers Discover New Signs of Life in the Australian Outback!

by on Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Mallee Fowl Nest © used with permission by Brodie Philp, ISV Project Leader

In May 2012 the first ISV volunteers of the season working with one of our local partners, the Australian Landscape Trust in the South Australian outback, discovered a brand new nest for the endangered Mallee Fowl in an area that the organisation has been working to rehabilitate for several years.  While this might sound unremarkable to someone who is not a bird enthusiast, this exciting discovery is evidence that the efforts of ALT and the volunteers that support it are making a difference in successfully re-generating native habitat in an area of high conservation value.

Mallee Fowl only live in a few specific areas of Australia (there are only three distinct populations remaining in the world) and have unusual nesting habits.  These birds live on the ground and build nests that look like mounds and hide their eggs deep inside.  In addition, both males and females tend to the eggs, regulating their temperature.  Long time local volunteer staff members are truly excited to see a third active mound in an area where there they’ve been scarce for some time, as this quite possibly indicates health returning to the land.

Mallee Fowl at Nanya Station, © used with permission by Charlie Dangerfield, of Conservation Volunteers Australia

ISV volunteers have been assisting the Australian Landscape Trust in its efforts to rehabilitate this particular landscape since 2006.

To learn more about ISV’s Volunteer Program in Australia please visit our website.


Monica Brockmyre

ISV Australian Project Manager

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