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Ensuring the Future Recovery of the Malleefowl

Blog Post - Ensuring the Future Recovery of the Malleefowl

 The National Malleefowl Recovery Plan was implemented to secure existing Malleefowl populations across the states where they live and downgrade their status from Vulnerable to Conservation Dependent. Malleefowl are considered threatened in all remaining areas of their range. There are populations in NSW, WA, VIC and SA.

 FNPW has provided grant funding to ensure the Recovery Plan continues to maintain the required level of volunteers who are dedicated to monitoring sites and gathering data crucial to ensuring the conservation of Malleefowl habitat.

Mallefowl live on the ground so are susceptible to predators. About the size of a chicken, they prefer low bush and open woodlands where they feed on seeds, flowers and small invertebrates. They are one of only three bird species in Australia that build nest mounds on the ground, adding and removing soil and leaf litter to maintain the perfect incubation temperature for their eggs.

Their conservation status across states varies from vulnerable to critically endangered and numbers have been declining for many years. They have been impacted by feral animals, fire and habitat loss from land clearing and grazing.

The funding of a vital ongoing role in the National Malleefowl Recovery Team will help maintain a single, coordinated approach to Malleefowl conservation across the country and facilitate local and broad-scale conservation projects. The National Malleefowl Recovery Coordinator plays a key role, supporting hundreds of dedicated volunteers and centralising data reporting that will provide answers to questions that experts have been debating for decades – including the impact of predators on Malleefowl populations. The Coordinator has successfully brought together over 30 land managers and nearly 3,000,000 ha of property where Malleefowl populations are vulnerable to decline or extinction.

Volunteers receive regular training and are sometimes required to travel to remote areas to monitor mounds, gathering data on breeding trends and tracking predators in the area. Data is entered onto the National Malleefowl Monitoring Database and directly contributes to the Recovery Plan. The Plan provides significant information to government agencies involved in conservation planning , gives a better understanding of Malleefowl populations and their habitat, raises public awareness and measures the impact of introduced species.

This large scale project has already made a real difference to conservation plans to support the survival of the Malleefowl and protect its habitat into the future.

 

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