Join GECO forest activists and ecologists for a three day Spring survey camp. Learn survey techniques and help us survey for threatened species in areas of forest scheduled for logging.
This camp will have a focus on documenting potential habitat for the endangered Large Brown Tree-frog (Litoria littlejohni).
We'd like to conduct some habitat mapping that will involve several small groups walking down creeks and gullies looking for pools and water and the presence of tadpoles. We need help to do this, so if clambering down wet forest gullies looking for puddles sounds like fun, you'll love it!
We will also be conducting a few spotlighting surveys for arboreal mammals and we'll collect fauna cameras that were deployed at our last camp to see what they photographed. We'll also finsih off some of our carbon accounting work, collecting data on forest carbon stores. This is really fun hands on activity that we need lots of hands to help measure trees and collect data.
We reccommend coming along to this camp if you have already attended a camp in the past as there will be less intoductory activities and more time spent in the bush, but all are welcome.
Another camp is planned for early November over the Melbourne Cup long weekend, this camp is perfect for first timers. See more details here
The camp is free of charge, donations to cover costs are most appreciated.
Camping will be at the Goongerah campground, by the Brodrib river. The Campgroun is located 2kms south of the Goongerah Hall. Turn off the Bonang Rd (the only main road in Goongerah) at Ellery Creek Track, look for signs. Vegan and Veg dinner is provided for $5 a plate each night (Friday, Saturday). Plates/bowls and cutlery provided.
Please bring your own breakfast and lunch.
The campground has composting toilets and the GECO kitchen tent will be set up with communal kitchen gear, gas burners and a water trailer providing hot water, a sink for washing up and rainwater for drinking.
We recommend you arrive on Thursday night (Spetember 28th) to be ready for the start of the program on Friday morning at 9am.
When you arrive at the campground, there are plenty of camping sites to check into. Across the river, over the bridge, you'll find our communcal kitchen area where we will gather on Friday morning at 9am for a meet anf greet and run down of the program.
Activities will run from Friday morning through to Sunday afternoon.
GECO supplies all survey equipment but if you have powerful torches, binoculars, compass, GPS, cameras etc please bring them.
No experience or prior learning is required, just a sense of adventure and reasonable level of fitness. Walks in the forest are not on formed tracks and various obstacles and hazards will be encountered. Participants join walks at their own risk.
What to bring:
- Camping gear: tent/swag and tarp, head torch, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, water bottles/containers etc
- Warm clothing and wet weather gear
- Sturdy footwear for walking in the bush
- Gaiters or tough long pants for walking
- Food for breakfast and lunch for each day
- Money to purchase a $5 vegan meal each evening (all money goes to GECO campaign). You might also like to buy some GECO merchandise like hoodies, t shirts, posters, stickers etc.
- Fuel for your cars. Fill up in Orbost if coming from the south or Bombala if coming from the north. You need enough fuel to drive from the campground each day to field trip locations and still have enough left over to get out of Goongerah. If you have a jerry can bring it along.
Goongerah is a remote environment, no shops, no phone reception, no fuel. Be prepared.
There is a public phone box located at the community hall and internet access at the our office space (3kms from the camp)
Boning Rd Goongerah
Goongerah , Victoria 3888
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