John McLaughlin of the Black-eared Miner (BEM) Recovery Program would
appreciate some assistance from people in capturing some BEMs in late
January. BEMS are not easy to catch, so the only hope of success is with a
fair-sized group, including skilled banders.
Why? The last female in the captive colony at Healesville died recently,
and more are needed.
Where? On leasehold property about an hour's drive north-west of Berri in
When? From Mon 20th to Sun 26th January 1997.
It would help to have banding or mistnetting experience. If you have your
own banding gear, it would be useful to bring it along. You would also need
to take camping gear and plenty of water. It is likely to be both hot and
very dry in the Mallee, and you should be prepared for this. 2WD vehicular
access should be possible.
Anybody interested should get in touch with John immediately at Ogyris
Ecological Research, PO Box 698, Merbein 3505. Tel: (03) 5025 6500. Fax:
(03) 5025 6233. Email: <>
RAOU Conservation & Liaison,
Australian Bird Research Centre,
415 Riversdale Road,
Hawthorn East, VIC 3123, Australia.
Tel: +61 3 9882 2622. Fax: +61 3 9882 2677.
The Virtual Emu: http://www.vicnet.net.au/~raou/raou.html