Spring monitoring at Naree

on 10 Sep 2014 
Stripe-faced dunnart

Twelve volunteers, including a party of nine from the Queensland Naturalists Club, spent last week at Naree helping ecologist Sandy Gilmore with the ongoing monitoring program and enjoying the ambience of the property in springtime.

Alongside the annual bird counts, groundcover and vegetation monitoring, several teams helped in opening up and running 16 sets of pit fall traps for the week, for the first time since April 2013.

Good seasonal conditions resulted in many small creature captures, including sandy inland mice, stripe-faced dunnarts, narrow-nosed planigale, and a variety of reptiles and insects.

Birds were in abundance, with sightings of the Hall’s babbler and painted honeyeaters some of the highlights. Black honeyeaters also provided much entertainment at the communal fire pit as they dined on left over charcoal.

Many thanks to our band of dedicated naturalists. We look forward to seeing you again at Naree.

Stripe-faced dunnart