The Natural Values team are busy looking at the impact of the fire, so we don’t have an article from Ryan. What we do know is that the remote camera work continues to be very useful. It is revealing that cats are an increasing threat to the small critters, and staff and experts are looking the best ways to deal with this. Cinnamon fungus is another problem that has returned after the 2 wet years.
The results of the Museum of Victoria Bioscan are coming through a little at a time. There are two excellent videos up on Youtube and more to come. The first was a general report, the second focussed on moths of the Grampians: www.youtube.com/user/museumvictoria
In other news, the student studying the diet of deer has just completed her PhD, and we are hoping we can have her talk about her results at a meeting later in the year.
Threatened Species Interest Group
As outlined in previous Newsletters, FOGGs received a grant to pay for a person to co-ordinate the monitoring and search activities in the Grampians, Stawell region. These activities have been co-ordinated by Parks and DSE staff in the past, but with all the funding cuts over recent years this role has not been covered. Gail Pollard is now doing this role and is working on the calendar of activities for the year. She will be sending an email for people to register their interest, via the FOGGs and the old Threatened Species Group email lists. If you are not on either of these lists please email her on or contact Wendy Bedggood on 0429932065. Gail works shift work as a nurse and has clunky internet service where she lives (her communication resources are not on par with DSE and Parks), so it is important people register their interest to make it easier for her to contact them. Please put ‘Threatened Species Interest’ in the subject so she knows its not spam mail.