The survey map over at www.naturetrackers.com.au is filling up with ‘red’ squares which means someone is surveying for Wedgies in them. Don’t leave it too late to organise yourself if you’re one of the citizen scientists. With that in mind I dropped in to get some special equipment for James and I to do our remote surveys!
Where? Where? Wedgie! Day 22 : 22-05-2018
Eagle Nest No-No’s
First stop today was to see Reg from Roaring 40’s Kayaking to get some equipment for the kayaking leg of the surveys coming up. Reg and Jenny run tours in the remote South West and are helping us out by loaning a double kayak for James and I to get to our survey square.
One of the reasons we’re doing the project in May instead of later in the year is to avoid the breeding season of the eagles. Jason Wiersma from the Forest Practices Authority explains in the video that going near the nests from July to February can be very bad news for the egg and eaglet. The parents can be scared off the nest just when the youngster needs the most protection. And there’s other animals out there that are quite happy to turn the tables and prey on eggs and young eagles in the nest.
If you see a very large nest and suspect it’s an eagle nest the best thing to do is avoid hanging around and let someone like Jason know. They have a long list of known eagle nest sites but it might be a new one.
Tomorrow we’re going to find out more about one of the hazards for our Wedgies... flying into powerlines.
Today’s t-shirt winner is Kirby54 for adding some eagle art!
- What activities might happen near eagle nests?
- Which birds don’t mind nesting near humans?