Birds of a feather: conservation on tour

By Helen Hayes

June 6, 2022

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Whether or not it’s monitoring ospreys on the Eyre Peninsula or defending the range of the Murray River, Australian Wildlife Journeys’ expert-led excursions in South Australia will assist weak species and the setting.

About eight years in the past, an osprey determined to nest on a decrepit previous barge close to Port Lincoln Marina in South Australia. A involved citizen determined to purchase the barge to maintain the osprey secure and known as a buddy who he thought may be capable of assist. That buddy was Fran Solly, who turned out to be the right particular person for the job of holding not solely that osprey secure however laying the groundwork to assist your entire species.

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Fran, an avid birdwatcher for over 35 years and a photographer, recollects that when she began researching ospreys to assist the brand new barge tenant, she and the opposite helpers realised that not sufficient was recognized about this species – pandion haliaetus – and the search for extra information started.

One of the crucial essential tasks was monitoring the ospreys, with Fran telling AG that in her opinion, monitoring and color banding was important for the restoration of the South Australian Osprey, which has had an estimated 26 per cent decline in numbers within the final decade. “It has supplied such essential details about life past the nest. Previous to becoming the primary tracker in 2020, the accepted view was that osprey in South Australia in all probability had a spread of round 40 kilometres. We rapidly learnt that was not the case.  

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