From Burgundy To The Blue Mountains – Meet Our Volunteer Sophie!

Having spent the past 9 years in Australia, our wonderful French-born volunteer Sophie was keen to learn more about Australian wildlife and explore some of the beautiful surrounding bushland.

Coming from the region of Burgundy in central eastern France, Sophie moved to Australia in 2012, eager to call our beautiful country home.

Sophie has been a volunteer with the Science for Wildlife team for the past 2 years. Her journey began back in 2019 when she joined a bushwalking club in Sydney which was in line with her love for the outdoors, and interest in exploring more of the Australian bushland. The club had advertised some koala spotting days and Sophie immediately put her hand up to be a part of it.

I got hooked and was very keen to get more involved with Science for Wildlife, so I signed up to become a koala tracker!”

Featured: Sophie completing some volunteer work for S4W

Spotting koalas and completing ID’s

Over the course of her two years in the program, Sophie has immersed herself in a range of different projects and activities.

Sophie has been involved in the Blue Mountains Koala Project, and has also participated in various scat surveys. She has assisted in completing tree ID’s, which helps us gather information on the diversity of the local koala’s diets.

Sophie has assisted in releasing koala’s after their check-ups, and has been a part of many adventures tracking the S4W koalas, navigating through gullies and bushland in order to find them.

Over the course of her two years in the program, Sophie has immersed herself in a range of different projects and activities.

When asked about her favourite experience volunteering with the S4W team, this is what Sophie told us:

It’s so hard to pick one! Spotting untagged koalas is so exciting, I remember last February we spotted 5 in one day, all in less than 4 hours. We also get to see other wildlife in their natural habitat, from echidnas to lyrebirds, beautiful cockatoos and occasionally snakes!

Seeing joeys come out of their mother’s pouch is also an incredible experience. It has been a fantastic way to combine my passion for wildlife, and actively contribute to a program that focuses on protecting iconic Australian animals.”

A huge thank you to Sophie who has been a valuable member of the S4W team over the past 2 years.

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