Vital Work Appeal 2022

You can help us magnify the incredible impacts of the significant rain that fell at Witchelina Nature Reserve earlier this year: a massive 176.2 mm - the highest January rainfall since records began! 

Minagoona Lake; still from video by Alex Nankivell

This rainfall has resulted in the inundation of parts of Witchelina including Minagoona Lake. The usually silent, dry lake-bed has been transformed into a magnificent 1200-hectare expanse of water which has come to life with an almost deafening chorus of cicadas, frogs, and budgies. It’s not only water birds loving the mudflats, there are also quails in their hundreds, and Yellow-chats and Songlarks in the long grass, among many other species.

The rain has triggered a national scale breeding event; when the water dries and the chicks mature they will disperse across the country in greatly replenished numbers. This highlights the value of arid refuges like Witchelina for entire populations of species. However, with rain also comes population growth in predators, weeds, and damage to tracks and fences. To effectively manage our important and beautiful nature reserves, we need increased financial resources to implement programs that achieve results. Vital Work Appeal funds will be used for:

•    Targeted feral predator programs
•    Threatened species monitoring for the Plains Mouse and Thick-billed Grasswren
•    Infrastructure repair
•    Weed control – specifically managing Buffel Grass
•    Undertaking a biological survey in spring

Please help us to amplify this boom in our own backyard by making a donation to our Vital Work Appeal to enable the vital conservation work needed on Witchelina and our other nature reserves. Together we can achieve the conservation outcomes our natural environment depends on.

Donate regularly on a monthly basis, or once-off using the button below, or contact Nature Foundation on 08 8340 2880 or [email protected].

Thank you for your ongoing support of Nature Foundation!



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