Helmeted Honeyeater ambassadors visit Healesville Sanctuary – 8th November 2018

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Environment, Helmeted Honeyeater, Students | Posted on November 15, 2018

On Thursday 8th November we went to Healesville Sanctuary where we saw heaps of animals and a whole lot of birds. We went behind the scenes in a non-public area where we learnt how the HeHo (which is short for Helmeted Honeyeater) birds’ nests were made and about the breeding season which starts in August through to March which is 7 MONTHS! Did you know that the HEHO helpers supplied their nesting materials such as dingo fur, emu feathers,
twigs or sticks, and spider webs to stick it all together?

We also went to a bird show which was so much fun. The zookeeper’s showed all of us the Australian Birds and they flew over our heads which was pretty scary. Most of the birds were Owls, Parrots, Eagles and Cockatoos. Next we went to a dark enclosed area where we got to see a whole lot of Australian platypuses and big ugly, giant, fat fish and yabbies. We saw kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, possums, emus and lots of other Australian animals.  We saw the Helmeted Honeyeater up close and it has a long, sticky tongue which it can put inside flowers to eat the nectar. It is a very fast bird and hard to see when it is in the bush. There are a few predators including the brown goshawk, foxes, snakes, goannas and other birds including miner and bell birds. They compete for territory and food.

Our school is part of the fighting extinction program as we are helping to look after the environment in which the Helmeted Honeyeater lives.We have really enjoyed being Helmeted Honeyeater ambassadors this year and planting plants, harvesting seeds, learning about the habitat and how we can help with educating people about the critically endangered species. Thanks to Cecila and the friends of Yellingbo for allowing us to visit and learn about the bird. It has been a great experience. Your ambassadors: Leyla, Nathan, Ruby and Tyler

Ambassadors looking at the emu!

Sleepy koala.

Leyla hanging out in the kangaroo pouch.

Ruby hanging out in the kangaroo pouch.

Look at what the Helmeted Honeyeater nest is made from.

Can you see me?

Can you see its tongue?

Baby Helmeted Honeyeaters in their nest.

Berwick Lodge Helmeted Honeyeater ambassador excursion 11th October 2018

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Environment, Garden, Helmeted Honeyeater, Indiginous Plants, Students | Posted on October 18, 2018

On Thursday 11th October the Helmeted Honeyeater ambassadors – Leyla, Nathan, Ruby and Tyler went to Yellingbo nature reserve to plant plants with Cecilia the education officer.  We planted 600 plants near Sheep Station Creek Road. We were planting the plants to make more habitat for the Helmeted Honeyeater. We were planting right next to the creek in the bush. We were planting in an enclosed fenced off area.  The fence was taller than Nathan and it was built to protect the plants from deer, wallabies and kangaroos. If there was no fence, these animals would eat all the plants we planted.  Macclesfield and Chum Creek Primary School were planting with us.  We planted a range of trees, shrubs and grasses.  These plants will assist the Helmeted Honeyeater in the future by being food, shelter, areas to nest or protect them from predators.  There are approximately 200 Helmeted Honeyeaters in the Yellingbo area.  Cecilia, the education officer taught us about the habitat that the bird lives in and many interesting facts.  It is currently breeding season which lasts for about 7 to 8 months.  They have had 7 fledglings this year so far. Fledglings are baby birds.  Lead beater possums are also an endangered species which lives in similar habitat to the Helmeted Honeyeater. We had a fantastic day and learnt lots.  We look forward to visiting Healesville Sanctuary on our next excursion and seeing how they breed the Helmeted Honeyeater in captivity.

Your ambassadors – Leyla, Nathan, Ruby and Tyler.

Helmeted Honeyeater Ambassadors Second excursion to Yellingbo Nature Reserve.

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Environment, Garden, Helmeted Honeyeater, Indiginous Plants, Students | Posted on September 18, 2018

On the 24th August our four Helmeted Honeyeater ambassadors – Nathan, Leyla, Ruby and Tyler enjoyed visiting the Yellingbo community nursery to work with Cecilia the education officer and Michele, the horticulturalist.  They planted seeds, seedlings and learnt about the native habitat that the critically endangered species lives within.  It was a wonderful day for everyone!

Ambassadors with Michele in the hot house.

Planting seedlings.

Ruby and Leyla had a great day!

Nathan and Tyler had a great day!

Looking at different seeds.

Collecting seeds.

Some seeds are very small!

Collecting seed pods from gum tree branches.

Leyla collecting seed pods from branches.

Sorting and collecting seeds.

Looking at different seeds with Cecilia. 

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). 

Berwick Lodge Primary School – Opening of new Sensory Garden 15th December 2017.

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Art work, Award, community event, Donations, Environment, Garden, Helmeted Honeyeater, Indiginous Plants, Parents, recycling, Students, Uncategorized | Posted on December 19, 2017

   

 

Our New Sensory Garden has been built over 18 months and was landscaped by Andy Coupar from Eskape landscapes who is also a Dad at our school. Our New Sensory Garden was officially opened on Friday 15th December by councillor Wayne Smith, representing the City of Casey.  The evening featured performances and Christmas songs from each grade level and families enjoyed a picnic on the oval. The garden provides a natural environment with indigenous plants, a bridge, jetty, water feature, musical instruments including xylophone, chimes and drums, chess board, archway, Helmeted Honeyeater garden, outdoor classroom and a windmill.  Each grade made a “Pot Creation” to place into the garden and these were judged my Mandy Munro from the City of Casey.  The pot creations were amazing and bring an array of colour and interest to the garden. Prizes for the winning pots were donated by Bunnings, Fountain Gate.   The garden is a beautiful addition to our school grounds and a wonderful space for all to enjoy. Thank you to all our families and community who have assisted and donated items.  We look forward to enjoying the garden for many years to come!

Berwick Lodge Primary School Helmeted Honeyeater Ambassador Program 2017

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Environment, Helmeted Honeyeater, Students | Posted on December 19, 2017

Our Helmeted Honeyeater ambassadors (Max, Chelsea, Malaika and Lachlan) have had a wonderful year planting plants at Yellingbo, learning about the critically endangered species and assisting with educating our community about the impact we have on the environment.  The final activity for the year was a visit to Healesville sanctuary to learn about the breeding program and go behind the scenes to see the Helmeted Honeyeater up close.  The ambassadors watched via closed circuit TV as the Helmeted Honeyeater cared for their  young and sat on the nest. Cecilia, the education officer from Yellingbo visited our school to be interviewed for our school radio program.  We have had a very excting year and look forward to continuing the ambassador program in 2018.

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