Box-Ironbark KBA sign launch in central Victoria

Congratulations to our affilate group Connecting Country and to BirdLife Castlemaine for the design and installation of a beautiful and informative sign in the Castlemaine Visitor’s Centre.

Connecting Country’s Engagement Officer Ivan Carter writes:

The Honorable State Government member for West Bendigo, Maree Edwards MP,
(with puppy!) launched our wonderful ‘Key Biodiversity Areas: Nature Hotspots’ sign at the Castlemaine Market Building Information Centre on Tuesday 25 June 2019, in front of a solid crowd of dedicated volunteers and members.

The sign aims to educate the community and visitors to the region about the internationally significant nature hotspots to the west of Castlemaine, which are part of the greater Box-Ironbark Key Biodiversity Area (KBA). The sign has some stunning pictures of five threatened bird species that you might see in the KBA area and aims to encourage people to explore and connect with these important landscapes.

The photographs featured in the sign were generously donated by local photographers Geoff Park, Chris Tzaros and Alison Pouliot, with the incredible graphic design donated by the talented Jane Satchell.

Connecting Country held a series of workshops in partnership with BirdLife Australia, to recruit bird survey volunteers known as ‘KBA guardians’ and provided training in how to complete the annual ‘Easter Heath Check’ form. You can read about those workshops here. The Easter Health checks will continue to occur in our KBA landscape, despite the project finishing up shortly, with the community keen to monitor these areas. This will inform Birdlife Australia of the threats and management actions required to keep these precious woodlands and forests in good health.

To see some more photos and read about Connecting Country’s ‘Caring for Key Biodiversity Areas in Central Victoria’ click here.

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