2017 Bilby Tracks program details
The 2017 dates are generally from Saturday to Saturday (8 days, 7 nights)
Note that the trips only run if we get adequate numbers and are subject to cancellation if unseasonal heavy rains close roads in the region. However there is a lot of interest in the Sept trip and after rain and flooding interfered with our itinerary last year we are hopeful of a good run this year.
September 9 - 16 (possibly 8-16)
The September trip coincides with the National Bilby Day events in Charleville which we won't have time to attend except for us getting into town just in time for the bilby fundraising Fur Ball. But it's not something for everyone so we will see level of interest closer to the date. It's not a compulsory event and we can arrange to pick people up afterwards and return them to the campsite.
November 4 - 11
Please read the information below. Registration and payment open for the September program in late July/early August.
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If you have questions or wish to express interest in a particular trip and have not already done so (September or November dates) contact Colleen directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What you need to know:
This is a camping trip. Tents and most meals are supplied. We can accommodate special dietary needs. You need to provide your own sleeping bag and personal items.
A detailed list of what to bring list will be provided once you have registered for the trip
Internet coverage is intermittent outside of Charleville. Satellite phones will be available for co-ordinating working parties in the field.
Average temperatures (expect conditions up to plus or minus 5 degrees beyond these averages)
May - between 26 and 11 deg. C
July - between 19 and 4 deg. C
September - between 26 and 9 deg. C
November - between 33 and 17 deg. C
The fieldwork inside the Bilby Fence will require a moderate level of fitness and you will be required to undertake up to six hours of research-related fieldwork per day. Days on most trips will start early to avoid the heat in the middle of the day in the warmer months. This work is essential for preparing the area and refining techniques inside the predator-exclusion fence prior to re-releasing bilbies at a date yet to be determined. There are no bilbies there at present.
This is a remote location without immediate access to emergency services and medical assistance. We are very conscious of your safety and take all the precautions we can. You will be fully briefed on all health and safety procedures at the induction in Charleville.
You must be over 18 to participate.
Potential field activities:
You will be provided with all the necessary training and guidance from experienced researchers and fieldwork experts to participate in the following types of activities.
- conducting transect surveys and monitoring sand traps for animal tracks and other signs
- spotlighting surveys at night
- refining habitat and vegetation monitoring and surveying methods
- testing field equipment
There will be talks at night by researchers, rangers and experts with local knowledge on the natural history, conservation and ecology of the region. More details on all this will be available closer to the September date.