16/01 & 18/01/23 Flora survey: Yellingbo

Notes from: a Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater hosted citizen science event.
This week we're thinking reptiles, whilst prioritising orchids. In a collaborative project with Monash University, Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater volunteers are preparing for a reptile survey site to be established later in the year in a patch of bushland within Yellingbo Nature Conservation Area. We're mapping the summer flowering orchids, to ensure they're protected. Discouraging to see so many of the Hyacinth Orchids browsed at budding stage. As well as these, we've recorded Large Tongue-orchids, Onion Orchids, Caladenia's (setting seed) and Elbow Orchids. In a couple of months time, just like those that flowered in other seasons, there'll be no evidence that the orchids are there as they go into their dormant phase. With some of these species being significant for our region, like the tiny Elbow Orchids, it's our knowledge of the local patch, together with the expertise of Monash researchers that will ensure the focus is on the ecosystem as a whole when the reptile surveys start! Thank you team :)

Publicado el 19 de enero de 2023 por regnans regnans


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