Eyre Bird Observatory urgently seeking caretakers

Edit: Caretakers have been found! Eyre management committee is seeking expressions of interest from volunteer couples to caretake the facility in 2019 - 2020

The tenure would be for a 3 month period from November to end of January 2020

 The observatory is a not for profit research, education and nature based facility.

Duties include public relations, weather reporting to Bureau of Meteorology, carrying out bird surveys, cooking for overnight guests, cleaning and office duties.

Being bird enthusiasts will be a bonus.

Your accommodation and food provided free of charge.

Eyre is situated in a wilderness environment in the Nuytsland Nature Reserve on the Great Australian Bight. No camping, dogs or other pets, are permitted.

Contact: eyre@birdlife.org.au for further information about this important opportunity.

For more about the Observatory, see the BirdLife website

A previous caretaker relates the magic and wonder of Eyre:

There is so much more to Eyre than birds. It really is a treasure trove of Nature in general. This ranges from the primal mallee and acacia forest, hardly touched by human hands, to the abundance of birds and animals. You can look out as the sun sets, in one direction at the greens and golds of the vegetation, and in the other at the oranges and reds of the clouds. And then there is the pink sheen on the Joseph dune…

The birds and animals also seem to pick up on the tranquillity of the place. They learn how those noisy two-legged animals behave, and just live with us. This may be the Silvereyes and Singing Honeyeaters drinking while we’re talking to day visitors 2 metres away. Or it may be the kangaroos which come to drink at the bird baths at all times of the day or night. They don’t seem to mind us, and even come up when Rob is playing guitar!

We spent lots of time here watching the ‘television’ – the three windows which look out over the birdbaths. There was almost always something good on – and no adverts! While we’re not expert birdwatchers, we had some experience before we came out here, and we’re certainly better at it now! Once you get to know a bird, and its calls, habits and distinguishing features, it’s relatively easy to identify them from a glimpse. If you don’t know them, you sit for ages waiting for one to sit still long enough to get a good view or a photograph, for later identification. The good thing at Eyre, is that the birds often come to you!