Sapphire Coast/Monaro ADA Branch leads in conservation
How good is the Sapphire Coast/Monaro branch of the ADA down at Bega?
We didn’t realise just how much frontline conservation they do.
The branch has a specific Indian Mynah eradication program and has threat abatement programs in place for five different endangered species in their area.
These programs cover the Smoky Mouse, Southern Brown Bandicoot, Potaroo, Quoll and Hooded Plover.
And it is not just lip service – they have measures in place such as sand traps, (heavily salted so that easily discernible foot prints can be checked), hair funnels set on mammal tracks to collect hairs for later identification and surveillance or trail cameras set up overlooking animal paths.
Add cat traps to get rid of feral felines, Indian Mynah traps plus organised fox and cat drives and night spotlight surveillance and you realise these guys are serious about conservation.
We’d bet the Greens don't do as much - yet they still attack hunters at every opportunity.
The Branch has about 170 primary members that eradicate feral pests, all at no cost to the public.
Surely even the Greens would applaud their activities – if only they knew?
We sure do.
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