Back to the Ark to learn about the district

March 9, 2017

“Here we go again and you are welcome” is how the Gwydir Ark Community Group announced the second evening of discovery.

The Group is hosting their second exciting, informative evening starting from the Whitlow Road Bird Route this Saturday, March 11.

Every pair of eyes is welcome to join the group at 7pm, bring nibbles, drinks and chairs for a meet and a heads up on how and what organisers hope to spot, focussing on ground level (using dim torches) and tree level (using powerful torches), looking for tree hollows and tracks in the sand.

“Our ultimate aim is to collect data on local fauna, identify, document then monitor what we find for stable, expanding or depleting populations and habitats and to encourage to community participation in all our activities,” a spokesperson for the group said.

“There has been a Koala sighting in this area recently so we will be looking hard for him/her and for evidence of habitation.

“We hope to spot Squirrel gliders and the greater Sugar glider; Brush tail and Ring tail possums, Barn owls and Tawny frog-mouth owls, Night-jars, a variety of skinks, spiders, and micro bats and who knows what else will spot!”

To find the Gwydir Ark group at the Whitlow Road Bird Route head 3km from Bingara towards Warialda. At the top of the ridge take a right hand turn on to Whitlow Road and while still on the bitumen look for the Bird Route sign post, 4-5km on the left. There is ample parking and space on the creek flat for the gathering.

A follow up evening on Saturday April 1 at the same spot will be hosted to monitor changes, and note differences in what is discovered during this adventure, so SAVE THE DATE.

Remember you will be ‘in the bush’ so jeans, boots, water, insect repellent and a torch are required.

Of interest is that the University of New England is researching Quails on a Bingara property, and predatory wasps at the Living Classroom.

For more information please ring Ros on 0412 081 642 or Shelley on 0418 642 715 or drop into the Northern Slopes Landcare Association office, 35B Maitland Street, Bingara.