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Honeyeater funding welcomed

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October 12, 2017

Critically endangered Regent Honeyeater

Federal Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has welcomed the announcement that a project to protect regent honeyeaters in Indi will receive funding from the Commonwealth Threatened Species Recovery Fund.

Birdlife Australia has received $137060 for projects in Lurg and Chiltern, which will go towards habitat regeneration and a small trial control of their main competitor the noisy miner.

In an Australian first, satellite tracking will also be fitted to five birds as part of the broader project.

Ms McGowan commended the commitment of local communities, which have worked for more than 20 years to restore the birds’ habitat.

‘‘Congratulations to BirdLife Australia and the thousands of volunteers across Indi who work enthusiastically to protect this beautiful endangered bird,’’ Ms McGowan said.

‘‘One of the keys to the project’s success is, I believe, its effective engagement with the farming community and students.’’

The projects in Lurg and Chiltern will bring together community volunteers, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Trust for Nature, North East Water and the North East CMA to increase the amount of habitat available.

The regent honeyeater is a striking and distinctive, medium-sized, black and yellow bird with a sturdy, curved bill.

They mainly inhabit temperate woodlands and open forests of the inland slopes of south-east Australia.

The regent honeyeater is a threatened woodland bird whose conservation will benefit a large suite of other threatened and declining woodland fauna.

As few as 500 birds remain.

Birdlife Australia expect to restore, revegetate or fence 40ha of habitat and control competition, with noisy miners over at least 500ha around Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park by June 2019.

●More information at http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/threatened-species-recovery-fund

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