Friday, May 14, 2010

raptor rapture

Fancy helping monitor ospreys on Rottnest Island?

For the first time volunteers have been invited to watch the magnificent raptors.

The Rottnest Island Authority wants people to monitor ospreys for a full day four times a year.

The volunteers will spend 30 minutes a shift observing each osprey nest on the island.

The dates are Wednesday July 14, Wednesday September 15 and Wednesday November 10.

“Staff will support volunteers in the field, however volunteers who are regularly available and perform to a high standard may be set up to work without supervision from staff,” an Authority spokeswoman said.

“Volunteers for these monitoring programs need to have flexibility as dates may change depending on environmental conditions.

“As these programs require training to ensure that data is accurate, it is also preferred that these volunteers can commit to at least two monitoring events.

“Volunteers require a driver’s license and will need to apply for a permit to drive on Rottnest.”

Volunteers are also sought for frog monitoring on Tuesday evenings until October.

To get involved contact Authority volunteer coordinator Sally Sneddon on 9372 9736 or

Picture courtesy Fremantlebiz: for an outstanding mini-essay about birdlife (including ospreys) on the beautiful island, go here.

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