Continuing its record of excellence in sustainability and innovation, Gluepot was announced as the winner of the 'NRM Research or Innovation' category at the 2013 Premiers NRM Awards and SA Landcare Awards in Adelaide last month, and it also took out the SA Regional Sustainability Award for the Riverland region, as well as a stack of commendations.
There hasn’t been much rain at Gluepot recently, so there are now plenty of Regent Parrots coming in to the water at the bird hides. Major Mitchell Cockatoos, Mulga Parrots and Mallee Ringnecks are also frequenting the hides. Some species of mallee eucalypts are now in flower and honeyeaters are flocking in for their share of the nectar, while Rainbow Bee-eaters are enjoying the insects. A Wedge-tailed Eagle was seen helping itself to one of the young Australian Wood Ducks that have been living on Quinn’s Dam, while a Little Eagle has been seen most days soaring around Whistler Tank and Babbler Camp.
Our stealth cameras are getting some great footage now, including video of a Malleefowl hatchling emerging from the mound, to the surprise of his father. You can watch this on our facebook page. Meanwhile, work continues on our electric fence, aimed at keeping the feral goats away from Gluepot. Data is being collected for a study of the effectiveness of the fence.
Keep an eye out for the new 2014 Educational Course Program which will be on our website shortly.
At Gluepot, spring has sprung and the birds have sung! With the onset of the warmer weather people are coming in large numbers, including many organised groups from interstate. All these extra eyes are reporting many birds, including at least three sightings of the fabled Scarlet-chested Parrot, but unfortunately the parrots have not settled in one area yet. Ah, but the thrill of the chase as people question your rangers about their behaviour and seek them all over the Reserve! However, we still have many other little critters to keep you looking closely through the mallee.
Our education courses are now complete for the year, but keep an eye on our updated website for information about next year’s courses. They provide value for money and a good introduction to photography, bird banding and the flora and fauna of the mallee.
In other news, our new library is now taking shape and cataloguing is underway. It will be a valuable addition to the facilities of the Reserve and a great asset to researchers as they embark on their projects.
Come on down and see us.
Spring is upon us — the mallee at Gluepot is starting to flower and the birds are on the move. And the campers are arriving, too, with many visitors in search of Scarlet-chested Parrots, which were reported last week. There are also many other species to capture your attention.
In the meantime, our courses at the Environmental Education Centre are in full swing. This season we are running a wide range of subjects — birdwatching, bird banding, identifying mallee vegetation and nature/macro photography — providing an ideal opportunity to improve your environmental knowledge. They also create an opportunity to explore the uniqueness of Gluepot, one of the last remaining stands of pristine mallee in Australia. If you would like some more information, or to enrol in any of our courses, go to our website.
Gluepot Reserve is developing a new library in the homestead to house the collection of books which is currently stored on the Reserve. When completed and catalogued, the Gluepot library will boast a fine collection of books on the environment, providing another valuable resource for our researchers. The framework for the new library is now in place, the roof has been fixed and work has started on the electrical installation. In the best Gluepot traditions, most of the construction work is being carried out by volunteers, and Stuart Slade and Gil Pigram, from our RAG Team, have laboured tirelessly on work to date.
Control of feral pests is always a priority at Gluepot and our newly constructed electric fences are working well, with a marked reduction in the number of feral goats. In addition, new traps have been purchased to help cope with and reduce the ever-present danger of foxes.
With the warm weather not far away, the mallee is coming into flower and we expect an influx of birdwatchers from around Australia and around the world to enjoy the enduring enjoyment and charm of Gluepot.
Come on out and see us, and enjoy Gluepot’s beauty.
Please visit our website for more details.