Thursday, November 24, 2011

Volunteers needed!

Image: Perviz Marker

The Friends of Lillico Penguins (FoLP) and Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service are organising a census of Little Penguins at Lillico Beach Conservation Area on Saturday 14 January, 2012 and would appreciate some help. 

Here’s a special message from the FoLP President and Secretary:

“Our previous census took place four years ago, in January 2008, and we believe it is time to update our information on the penguin population at Lillico. The beach is home to one of the largest colonies of Little Penguins on mainland Tasmania and our last count indicated over 2,000 resident birds. Lillico Beach Conservation Area is about five minutes drive to the west of Devonport and forms the northern boundary of the Bass Highway for a stretch of three kilometres.

To count Little Penguins along the length of the beach requires more people than we have members of FoLP, and so we are calling for help from interested volunteers. If you think you would enjoy an evening in the company of Little Penguins, sitting on the beach and counting them as they return to their nests, we would love to hear from you. Your help would be a valuable contribution towards furthering our understanding of these fascinating birds. We are sure you will also enjoy a memorable evening!”

To find out more please contact either;
Patricia Ellison, President, FOLP, Tel: 0459 084 742
or email: 
John Coombes, Secretary, FOLP, Tel: 6424 6795

FW: FOLP in the local rag!

Always nice to get some recognition for what we do.

We do hope that people don't get it in their mind to go and take photos like
this as it requires professional equipment to shoot in low light like this.
Most attempts by visitors we observe results in accidental flashes going
off. Flash photography, accidental or not, can interfere with little penguin
breeding as some penguins may no longer feel safe when exposed to bright
lights such as a camera (or phone!) flash.