Here are a few of the activities Project Numbat is involved with. Since 2006, we have contributed more than $70,000 for Numbat conservation activities. This is in addition to raising awareness of Numbat conservation in the community through attendance at events as well as through our school education program.
Radio-tracking Collars for Numbats
Project Numbat provides funds to the Department of Parks and Wildlife for the purchase of collars for Numbats released annually into areas of habitat managed by DPaW. The collars help determine the survival of the released Numbats.
Since 2007, Project Numbat has provided more than $10,000 for radio-collars.
Numbat Reproductive Research
Project Numbat donated $6000 to Perth Zoo in June 2011 to part-fund a study into the reproductive cycles of the Zoo’s female Numbats. Perth Zoo breeds Numbats for release into the wild and is hoping to increase the number of Numbats born each year through the research findings.
Aerial Surveys to Find Radio-collared Numbats
From 2009-2015, Project Numbat has funded $13,000 worth of aerial surveys (conducted by the Department of Parks and Wildlife) over Cocanarup Timber Reserve, Dryandra State Forest and Batalling State Forest, to locate radio-collared Numbats. Numbats can travel long distances and flights are an effective way of determining their location which is followed by on-ground tracking so the Numbats can receive a health check. This activity provides valuable information about the Numbat.
Driving Survey in Dryandra Woodland
In 2009Project Numbat funded one of its volunteers to conduct a driving survey through Dryandra Woodland to locate radio-collared Numbats.
Project Numbat is growing its membership base and providing opportunities for members to become involved in field work. So far this has included radio-tracking for Numbats in Dryandra Woodland, organised by the Department of Biodiveristy Conservation and Attractions, and termite surveys at the Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s new Mt Gibson sanctuary. We hope to increase the involvement of our members in field work over time, including things like digging survey teams.
Project Numbat recognises the important role education plays in planting the seed for behavioural change. As a result, we have developed a comprehensive school-based program for Primary School students. The aims of the program are to:
raise awareness of the threatened Western Australian species, the Numbat.
build state/national attachment of this unique WA marsupial.
encourage conservation action from the community (development of environmentally responsible citizens, fundraising for future PN projects etc.)
The primary school program includes a lesson plan, presentation and teacher resources and activities for before, during and after the incursion. Teachers can either deliver the program themselves or request a Project Numbat volunteer to come and talk to their class.
Project Numbat have also developed a program for secondary school students and community groups. Please visit our schools page for more information.
Display Stands and Environmental Events
Project Numbat regularly attends events around Perth and the south-west where we can raise awareness about the Numbat, our group, and the work being done to save them from extinction. Information on upcoming events can be found on the news page.
Annual Digging Survey
Project Numbat with its trained members have conducted two dig surveys at Boyagin Nature Reserve in partnership with the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Young Numbats begin dispersing in November and this is the best time to search for their diggings and scats to determine their presence across a reserve. Numbats dig small holes to reach termite galleries and our members who volunteer are trained to recognise these digs as it is important to tell the difference between Echidna, Woylie and other diggings in the bushland. Surveys are conducted over three days and provide a snap shot of Numbat presence and habitat use.