Gippsland Lakes Great Pelican Count - Deb Sullivan

Hello folks,

I'm excited to share with you the inaugural Gippsland Lakes Great Pelican Count to be held on Sunday April 8th from 11:30-12 noon. 

Since our projects combine monitoring colonial nesting species, drought refuge and community action it seemed the perfect opportunity to adapt the Great Cocky Count that I was part of in my WA days to something relevant to Gippsland Lakes.

The Pelican became an obvious choice for a number of reason –              

1,  Gippsland Lakes has one of the few permanent nesting colonies

2, Pelicans (Borun) are the totem species to Gunaikurnai people

3, The species is well known for its nomadic movements in the event of significant rainfall

4, There has been no work done on the species in GL and

5, Everybody can recognise a Pelican! Increasing the age range of community involved

On Tuesday 6th Feb, I launched the initiative with ‘Love Our Lakes’ (the funding body) and we are now in action.  The initiative has been extremely well received across agencies who were ‘in the know’ before it went public last night.

Please forward these documents to networks and individuals that maybe interested, or perhaps register yourselves and spend a weekend on the beautiful Gippsland Lakes!. The count only takes 30 mins, the rest of the weekend is yours J

If you would like anymore information please don’t hesitate to give me a call or drop me an email

Hope this finds you all well