Wings on King has taken off and is in full flight having been launched at the end of April 2017 with a mixture of learning, laughter, legging it and leisure!
Many thanks to all the wonderful people who gave us a hand; the visiting surveyors, speakers, the ground-crew who organised it all and the various local businesses who supported it. It was such fun.
While the weather wasn’t great, a fantastic weekend was had with visitors and islanders working together – learning from each other at many levels.
Legging it: surveys were undertaken on Forty sites as well as two special searches – one for Orange Bellied Parrots migrating back to the mainland and the other for the King Island subspecies of Scrubtit and Brown Thornbill.
While none of these Critically Endangered Birds were sighted many others were including the Vulnerable King Island subspecies of Green Rosella and Black Currawong, with the least common but not listed, being a Lewin’s Rail.
All the speakers at the seminar and workshops gave excellent presentations – thought provoking as well as practical. Topics ranged from how to survey birds and use Birdata through land management and the concept of Reconciliation Ecology – learning how to live sustainably WITH other species – to the uniqueness of the islands flora and fauna and the Raven ‘issue.’