Vol­un­teers taught to sur­vey pos­sums

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - Therese Col­man

Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion held a western ring­tail pos­sum sur­vey­ing train­ing course last night as part of Na­tional Threat­ened Species Day.

A cit­i­zen sci­ence team was formed to sur­vey bush­land re­serves for the crit­i­cally-en­dan­gered an­i­mal.

Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Caro­line Hughes said the con­tri­bu­tion of use­ful data by vol­un­teers was al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated.

“Once we know more about where these species live, we can take ac­tion to pro­tect them from threats such as habi­tat de­struc­tion, in­tro­duced species, and cli­mate change,” she said.

Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion is also team­ing up with Bus­sel­ton’s GeoCatch, ask­ing res­i­dents to con­trib­ute to a western ring­tail pos­sum tally.

Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to count pos­sums liv­ing on their prop­erty over the pe­riod of a month.

The tally pe­riod runs be­tween Septem­ber 21 and October 21, with reg­is­tra­tion via geocatch.asn.au or through Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion on 9757 2202.

A western ring­tail pos­sum.

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