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Tuesday, 01 June 2021 09:55

Mates of Mundoonen: Birds, Bears, Biscuits & Biodiversity

On the cold frosty morning of Sunday 23rd May, a large and enthusiastic group gathered in the Gunning Shire Hall. We were there to learn more about the Mundoonen Nature Reserve and the Mates of Mundoonen Project. We got to hear from four excellent presenters:

  • • Ranger Susannah Power from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service gave an overview of the history and ecological values of the Mundoonen Nature Reserve, as well as other reserves in the area;
  • • Bob Spiller from Gunning District Landcare spoke about the monthly bird surveys that are being conducted in the Mundoonen Reserve this year with the expert help of volunteers from the Canberra Ornithologists Group. Happily, Bob was able to report on a number of sightings of the Spotted Quail-thrush which is a focus of the project;
  • • Ecologist Tony Saunders shared his expertise in attracting native birds to local landscapes, including both farms and gardens;
  • • ANU researcher Dr Karen Ford, gave a fascinating presentation about koala habitat and feeding ecology, and shared her insights about koalas in our region.

We were also delighted to invite surrounding landholders and community members to join the Mates of Mundoonen Network. This new network aims to increase community understanding of the wildlife and vegetation found in the Mundoonen NR and its surrounds. The more we know about this local treasure, the better will we be able to preserve it for current and future generations.By registering, you will receive: • invitations to upcoming events • opportunities to engage with and learn about the Mundoonen Nature Reserve • koala habitat trees or native shrubsto attract native birds • a Mates of Mundoonen front gate badge for your property. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Debra on 0477 477 127.

Mates of Mundoonen is a WIRES funded project centred on the MNR and the surrounding district. The project is led by local Landcare groups from the Gunning and Yass districts. Its primary focus is on the koala and Spotted Quail-thrush.Its primary focus is on the koala and Spotted Quail-thrush.These two native animals have been residents of the reserve, but their numbers seem significantly reduced. We want to find out how they are faring – and do all we can to help keep them here for the future.