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Calling all birdos

Juvenile Golden Whistler at Binnowie Plantation 2018.

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers is calling on the Island’s bird lovers to help out again this year for its annual Birds in Plantations survey with Birdlife Australia.

Last year was the first time that bird surveys had been conducted in KIPT’s plantations, with 22 volunteer surveyors completing more than 85 surveys across 37 different properties or control sites.

Overall, 38 different bird species were seen, with birds most abundant and diverse in the remnant vegetation on plantation properties.

KIPT owns 25,000ha of land on Kangaroo Island, of which about 7000ha is remnant vegetation.

This year the survey will be held on November 9 and 10, with volunteers able to complete surveys in the week before and after if they could not commit to the weekend.

KIPT Director of Community Engagement Shauna Black said the volunteers were crucial to the success of the survey.

“You can do it in your own time and we’ll provide fuel vouchers and safety equipment. We’d like to do it every year so we can build up a resource and a picture of bird health in our plantations, as part of our Forestry Stewardship Council certification,” Ms Black said.

For more information contact shauna.black@kipt.com.au or phone 0409 096 846.

See results of last year’s survey: BirdsInPlantations_2018_KangarooIsland

Caption: A juvenile Golden Whistler seen in remnant native vegetation on the Binnowie plantation.