Helmeted Honeyeater Ambassadors 2018 – First visit to Yellingbo Nature Reserve

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Environment, Helmeted Honeyeater, Indiginous Plants, Students | Posted on June 8, 2018

 On Thursday the 7th of June we went to Yellingbo Nature Reserve with Mrs. McCrum to learn about the Helmeted Honeyeater. The abbreviation for Helmeted Honeyeater is HEHO. We walked through the forest and saw 6 to 8 Helmeted Honeyeaters.  They were very fast at flying and even though they have yellow feathers they were hard to see as they were camouflaged in the bush. We saw lots of different trees, habitat and different types of bushes they eat.  In Yellingbo nature reserve there are approximately 200 birds in the wild. The HEHO is a critically endangered species of bird.The Helmeted honeyeater has a yellow helmet of feathers on his head.  The bristles on its tongue help it suck up nectar from the flowers and tree sap. Their babies eat little grubs for protein and vitamins. They use metal coloured bands around their legs to tell which bird is which and also which family they come from. Binoculars helped us to identify the bird by looking for the coloured leg bands. Cecilia, the educator from the ‘Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater’ taught us about the feeding station.  We were very lucky and got to walk down to the creek and see the feeding stations. The HEHO gets fed wombaroo by volunteers.  Wombaroo is a nectar the birds eat. They clean the feeding station with vinegar as this is a natural cleaning solution. Bleach and other cleaning products are poisonous for the wildlife. The green army are volunteers who plant lots of trees and bushes for the bird. The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater are always looking for more volunteers.  If you want to volunteer, please contact the ‘Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater’.  We had a great day! Written by Leyla, Nathan and Ruby – 2018 ambassadors. (Tyler was away today). 

Helmeted Honeyeater ambassadors presentation at the City of Casey Civic reception.

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on June 8, 2018

On the evening of Friday 1st June Lachlan B and Malaika G, two of our 2017 Helmeted Honeyeater ambassadors were invited to speak at the World Environment Day civic reception held by the City of Casey. They were fantastic ambassadors and spoke about their involvement with the ‘Friends of the Helmeted Honey eater’ and what they had learnt during their visits to Yellingbo nature reserve last year.  They talked about the critically endangered species and how we can educate the community about planting more trees and creating a natural environment for these birds.  It was a wonderful evening for everyone involved.  Well done Lachlan and Malaika, we were all very proud of you!

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