1 koala, 2 koalas, 3 koalas… help count koalas in Narrandera
Join the annual Narrandera Koala Spotting Day on Sunday 8 September for your chance to see a koala in the wild! To take part in the Koala Spotting Day, follow the signs from the Lake Talbot Canal Bridge and meet at the Narrandera Flora and Fauna Reserve at 9:30am for a 10:00am start. The counting will finish around midday and Rotary will provide a BBQ lunch for volunteers for a gold coin donation.
National Parks and Wildlife Service Ranger Caitlin Headon said the count has been running for the past 30 years and each year, between 30 and 70 koalas are spotted by volunteers. “Locals become a koala detective for the day, learning how to spot koalas using clues such as scratches and bullet-shaped droppings around the base of trees,” Ms Headon said.
This year, the Narrandera Koala Regeneration Committee is receiving about $5,000 funding from the NSW Koala Strategy as part of the Government’s commitment to supporting local koala conservation initiatives. This funding will help to build a scientific knowledge base about the local koala population from the information gathered during the community’s counting efforts.
For more information please contact the Griffith NPWS Office on 6966 8100 or the Narrandera Visitor Centre on 6959 5545. If it’s raining on Sunday 8 September, please call 0488 466 632 to find out whether the Koala Spotting Day has been cancelled.