Calling all regional Victorians! Join us on the September long weekend (24th-26th) for some nocturnal Greater Glider surveys, and daytime walks through incredible forests in the Errinundra/Bendoc area on Bidewell and Monero Country. We'll be measuring trees, scouting out some of the new areas slated for logging, and doing spotlight surveys for Greater Gliders.
No experience required, just a reasonable fitness level, and good walking shoes and wet weather gear. Walks through the forest can be off-track through dense bush.
In-line with the government restrictions we'll be operating in groups no greater than 10. This is an outdoor event but masks are still required.
There is free camping at the Goongerah Campground, you'll need to be completely self-sufficient (food, cooking equipment, camping gear, etc.). There's a creek where you can fill up water bottles and containers. There is no reception in the area, and no shops or towns. Make sure you're prepared and have everything you need for the weekend. Last stop for food, fuel, and reception is Orbost.
Everyone attending will need to read and agree to abide by our Covid-19 safety plan. While not a requirement, we are asking that everyone gets a negative COVID-19 test before coming. If you are feeling unwell prior to the event please get tested and stay home.
Please RSVP below and provide us with your regional address, full name, and a contact number for contact tracing.
We'll be visiting forests on the stolen lands of the Bidewell and Monero First Nations peoples, whose sovereignty was never ceded. We acknowledge their long and ongoing custodianship over the land and pay our deepest respects to Elders past and present.
Feel free to arrive and set up anytime on Friday at the Goongerah campground. We'll be meeting there at around 5pm to chat details and program for the weekend. We'll be doing some screen printing with GECO designs on the Sunday, feel free to bring some blank t-shirts or hoodies and a small donation for paint and supplies. This event is free!
See you in the forests soon.
Goongerah, VIC 3888
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In just over 5 years Greater Gliders are going from vulnerable to endangered under federal legislation, and are also set to be listed as endangered in Victoria. A new study shows threatened species laws are failing to stop the decline of wildlife like the Greater Glider, an article published in the Conversation says "The greater glider is edging towards extinction, but there is still no recovery plan for this iconic marsupial."
In Victoria, so-called protections for the Greater Glider announced by the Dan Andrews government in 2019 allows logging where gliders are found and weakens existing protections in East Gippsland, which were already failing to stop decline of the species.
For years we've been hosting citizen science camp to survey for gliders in forests scheduled for logging. Sign up to our email list to get updates on our next survey camp to be part of the campaign to save these precious critters.
Greater Glider found in forests scheduled for logging in ErrinundraRead more
GECO along with our friends at Wildlife of the Central Highlands (WOTCH) have put together an email action for the the threatened Greater Glider. According to a leaked government report 25% of the remaining population of Greater Gliders is estimated to have perished in the terrible bushfires in East Gippsland, and that figure could grow. Meanwhile key Greater Glider habitat is being logged in the Central Highlands Victoria right now, with many more areas planned to be logged in the coming months.
Send an email below to Ministers D’Ambrosio and Symes calling for immediate protection of the Greater Glider
An important hot spot for the threatened Greater Glider is being logged. Logging by VicForests in the 'Shazam' coupe in the Cottonwood range on the Errinundra plateau near the town of Bendoc in East Gippsland begun over two weeks ago. The forest supports many large old trees with hollows that form important habitat for a population of Greater Gliders. The forest was featured in our recently released research report 'Gliding towards extinction' report as a example of documented Greater Glider habitat that is threatened by logging.
Our latest report has been published documenting logging of more than 600 hectares of Greater Glider habitat since the species was listed as vulnerable under Victorian legislation in June 2017.
Gliding towards extinction - an investigation into Greater Glider habitat logged since the species was listed as threatened under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act highlights how government inaction and failing environmental laws are having dire consequences for forest dependent threatened species in Victoria.Read more
Rare and threatened Greater Gliders have been found by community surveys at Granite Mountain on the Errinundra plateau this week. The old growth forest has been at the centre of controversy since logging begun in late January.
Over 4000 people have emailed Premier Daniel Andrews calling on him to act to stop the logging and protect East Gippsland's forests. Direct action group Forest conservation Victoria established a blockade of the forest on Monday that has stopped logging for the past 5 days.Read more
In late July ABC news exposed a shocking experiment being conducted by state owned logging company VicForests. The agency is logging the habitat of Greater Gliders, an animal already threatened with extinction, to see how many survive.
VicForests released a lengthy statement justifying the so called 'research' that has been labelled the terrestrial equivalent of so called scientific whaling.
VicForests has been conducting an abhorrent experiment that involved logging the homes of threatened Greater Gliders to see how it impacts on the species.
The government logging company says the experiment is 'very likely' to kill Greater Gliders, an animal already acing extinction.
VicForests has released a statement defending their unethical actions.
Surveys for the experiment were given approval by the Animal Ethics Committee within Minister Jaala Pulford's Department of Economic Development.
Please send a email to the Ministers responsible for VicForests. Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford and Treasurer Tim Pallas.
Call on them to stop the killing experiment and protect East Gippsland's forests from logging.
What does logged forest that once supported Greater Gliders look like? This is the logging coupe called 892-507-0020 or 'Squirrel's Paw' where VicForests logged the home ranges of dozens of Greater Gliders knowing they would kill them.
Email Environment Minister Lily D'Ambroiso and calling on her to protect East Gippsland's forests by creating the Emerald Link.