Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater

Unido: 27.sep.2020 Última actividad: 26.ene.2023 iNaturalist Australia

The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater (FoHH) formed in 1989 when the wild population of Helmeted Honeyeaters reached a critical low of 50 birds in the wild - in the world. With sustained effort by many, there are now approximately 200 birds in the wild, in 2 locations. Though a great achievement, there is more to do to ensure this taxa, known only from Victoria AUS, does not become extinct. We are in it for the long-term, and up for the challenge.

FoHH operate from Yellingbo Nature Conservation Area (YNCA) approximately 50 km east of Melbourne, Victoria. YNCA is both home and refuge to many endangered species including two state emblems: the Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeater's Possum. YNCA is also significant for a state listed threatened vegetation community, the Sedge-rich Eucalyptus camphora swamp. Our 180+ membership shares a concern for the future of Victoria’s federally listed Critically Endangered bird and mammal emblems. We work collaboratively with landholders, groups, businesses and agencies to help conserve Australia’s unique flora and fauna.

The COVID pandemic enforced 'time-out' from the hectic pace of previous years. It allowed a reflective look at what we are doing, with iNaturalist now being entrenched in a number of our activities. Our volunteers are building a pictorial record of 'Yellingbo and surrounds' whilst adding to known scientific records. The equally important benefits are immense. We learn together, laugh and share in the joys of being out in the natural world with like-minded people. We love seeing the light-bulb moment people have when they realise they can make a difference to the world around them. iNaturalist is a fabulous tool for community engagement!

We can also be found at: www.helmetedhoneyeater.org.au

FoHH respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Custodians of the lands known as Yellingbo Nature Conservation Area. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and wildlife and pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

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