Volunteers taught to survey possums
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.