Koalas in our Midst – learn about koalas in the Hawkesbury region

You are warmly invited to attend a free information session on koalas in the Hawkesbury area.

Hear from experts about where koalas occur in your area, what they sound like and how you can help them. If you are a keen bushwalker the last part of the meeting will include details on how you can join in our people-powered research, and take part in the Intrepid Koala Scat Survey in May this year.

This event is part of Science for Wildlife’s Blue Mountains Koala Project and the Office of Environment and Heritage’s Saving our Species program. Tea/coffee and light refreshments will be served.

The evening will be held at Kuyper Christian School in Kurrajong, where we often have a collared koala hiding in the forested creek-line behind the school. If you can stay at the end of the night, and if Gwen the koala happens to be nearby, we’ll show you how the tracking equipment works. With any luck we’ll pick up a signal from Gwen.

When:  Tuesday 13 March 6.30pm – 8pm
Where: The Library, Kuyper Christian
School, 294 Redbank Road, Kurrajong.

The event is free, but please register HERE if you’d like to attend.

More details on the information session:

6.30pm           Arrival.  Tea/coffee/cold drinks and light snacks available
6.45          The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage will welcome attendees and acknowledge Country.
6.50      A scientist from the Office of Environment and Heritage will talk about the government’s Saving our Species program and the coordinated state-wide approach to koala conservation in NSW, as well introducing the main threats that koalas face across Australia.
7.05        Dr Kellie Leigh will talk about the local Blue Mountains Koala Project and will share research results, including where koalas have been found in the Hawkesbury area,  how to identify if koalas are in your area, how to report a koala sighting and how else you can help.
7.25       Questions and discussion
7.40       For those interesting in actively helping out, Kellie will present more details on the upcoming Intrepid Koala Scat Survey as well as other opportunities to volunteer for the Blue Mountains Koala Project. For the scat surveys, off-track bushwalking experience is required.
7.50       Anyone interested in participating can sign up, chat, ask questions
8.00       Meeting closes. If Gwen the koala is around, who is being monitored as part of the research project, Kellie will demonstrate how the radio-tracking equipment works. This will be outside behind the school grounds near the creek-line.
8.30       Finish.