In its fourth consecutive year, the Western Ringtail Possum Tally is on again. Grab a friend or the whole family these school holidays (commencing Saturday 13th April- 12th May) and have fun counting possums!
The citizen science Tally is gathering information to build a reliable set of observation data that will improve our knowledge about where Western Ringtail Possums are found and in what numbers. This information is then used as a reference for population trends, future planning decisions and conservation projects.
Western Ringtail Possums are critically endangered, so the data becomes more valuable each year the Tally is repeated.
The community’s involvement in the Tally is of great value because the Geographe catchment is one of the last stronghold populations of the Western Ringtail Possum. It is estimated that less than 8000 Western Ringtail Possums remain in the wild, so the tally provides a wonderful opportunity for individual or group participation and education of this iconic species.
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions ecologists will assist GeoCatch with the collation of this vital information into the Western Ringtail Possum Database and the results will be shared with the community as a snapshot graphic.
This year we have also introduced a PRIZE to one lucky participant. All you have to do is return your completed tally data sheet by 31st May 2019 to go into the draw to win your very own possum box. These possum boxes have very kindly been constructed by the Local Men’s Shed in Busselton, with support from GeoCatch, the City of Busselton and FAWNA.
This project is supported by South West Catchments Council, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.