Residents flock to Brolga launch
The launch of a report highlighting Brolga habitat management opportunities in the Rutherglen region was well received by the Rutherglen community at its recent launch.
The Rutherglen Landcare Group and the North East Catchment Management Authority, who announced their interest in protecting and managing Brolga (Antigone rubicunda) habitat in the Rutherglen region in 2015, commissioned Inka Veltheim from Federation University Australia to deliver the report.
Engaging the services of Inka followed a community presentation in Rutherglen by her on ecological requirements of Brolgas, main threats, and actions to protect the species and a field trip to familiarise community members and landholders with local Brolga breeding habitats.
With more than 150 people attending two information sessions in 2015, it was the high level of community interest that prompted Rutherglen Landcare Group and North East Catchment Management Authority to invite Inka to begin a Brolga habitat management opportunities in the Rutherglen region report.
Inka, who is in the process of completing her PhD studies, delivered an interesting presentation to all at the launch of that report earlier this month.
The report includes existing Brolga habitats in the Rutherglen area, current threats, recent management actions, constraints and opportunities, as well as recommendations and long term sustainable planning.
President of the Rutherglen Landcare Group Jenny Davidson said Inka’s talk about the report highlighted the actions and opportunities for locals to make a real difference to the habitat needs of Brolgas.
“Inka gave a brief outline of what is known about our Rutherglen Brolgas which consist of a breeding pair and up to eight birds at times,” she said.
“She also highlighted Brolgas are quite particular in choosing their nesting wetland, wetlands are required to have sufficient water until the young chicks fledge at around three months of age, dense vegetation for camouflage and the need for fox control for successful breeding.
“Inka’s report really gave our Rutherglen Landcare Group the information we need to undertake further projects to ensure our local birds stay in the area and possibly encourage more brolgas.”
Inka’s talk about the Brolga report highlighted the actions and opportunities for locals to make a real difference to the habitat needs of Brolgas.
Residents flocked to the launch of Inka Veltheim’s Rutherglen Brolga Report session to learn more about Brolga’s in the Rutherglen area.