The abseil off the QV1 building in Perth was held on April 12 and 13. Team Gilbert’s Potoroo consisted of six daredevils who raised a sensational $9035 for Gilbert’s Potoroo. Such a fantastic effort warrants a longer post from the participants. Photos of the Saturday team provided by Hamish Longbottom.
Follow up trapping on Middle Island
With the establishment of Middle Island as the Gilbert’s Potoroo’s newest home (& third “insurance” population) came the opportunity for Ken Bushell to get in some volunteer hours.
With the establishment of Middle Island as the Gilbert’s Potoroo’s newest home (& third “insurance” population) came the opportunity for Ken Bushell to get in some volunteer hours by joining DBCA’s Tim Button on a trip to the island primarily to recover tail transmitters with GPS pods from the 6 recently released Potoroos .
Although cut short by bad weather forecasts the trip was successful with all 6 transmitters & GPSs recovered after being dropped by the animals. Once downloaded the GPS data will provide good information on the range & areas frequented & preferred by the animals. The opportunity was also taken to set the trap lines for 1 night only, capturing 1 Potoroo from the summer trial group & 1 from the recent release group. Both were found in excellent condition giving greater hope for the future. Around 20 truffle species have been identified on the island which will provide a good food source.
Middle Island is fairly remote being the largest island in The Recherche Archipelago & located off Cape Arid east of Esperance. The island was home to Australia’s only recorded pirate Black Jack Anderson who arrived on a stricken whaler in the early 19th century & controlled the islands & waters of the archipelago for 10 years. Middle Island also has a quite spectacular land-locked “pink” lake (Lake Hillier pictured below) which is considered as a wetland of regional significance.