Land for Wildlife were invited to run a workshop this morning for the new Green Army team at Olive Pink Botanic Garden (OPBG) in Alice Springs, to provide training and support for the six months of Feral Cat and Spotted Turtle-dove trapping.
The Green Army team are hosted through OPBG (a historic, well-established and active member of the Land for Wildlife program) with their delivery partner Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA). This is the third successful Green Army program hosted at OPBG, with ecological works focusing on garden bed rejuvenation, Buffel Grass removal and feral animal management to support Black-footed Rock Wallaby habitat conservation.
The current team is a crowd of nine eager participants! The Green Army team coordinator (Candice Appleby) assisted the Land for Wildlife coordinators (Jen Kreusser and Caragh Heenan) to train the Green Army in successful trap-setting methods for Feral Cats and Spotted Turtle-doves, as well as explain the ethical responsibilities for trappers. The workshop included bird identification and call monitoring, as well as a scat, track and trace survey of the Botanic Garden area. The Green Army are enthusiastic to get started on trapping and the Land for Wildlife team had a great time working with them to assist development of their feral animal management skills!