Sperm morphology and egg viability of an endangered bird under genetic rescue.

Sara Petrovic, former Honours student from Monash University, presented the findings of her Honours project at the 2019 Australasian Ornithological Conference held in Darwin. Sara’s study investigated if inbreeding affects sperm quality in the Helmeted Honeyeater, and assessed the outcomes of the 2018-2019 captive breeding program at Healesville Sanctuary. The results from this study provides support for the release of captive-bred hybrid birds (Helmeted Honeyeater X Yellow-tufted Honeyeater) into the wild population that is taking place in 2019.
You can read Sara’s presentation here and view Sara presenting her findings here.


Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeaters – Volunteer Engagement Project, Volunteer Survey Report

Volunteers have been the lifeblood of the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater (FoHH) since its inception in 1989. Without the contribution of volunteers, our achievements in securing the future of the Helmeted Honeyeater (HeHos) would not have been possible. In 2019, the year of our 30th anniversary, it was timely to take stock of what has been achieved and how we can best meet the challenges of the future.

Like other volunteer-dependent organisations (for example, Landcare), we need to continue to attract and retain the number of volunteers required to sustain our activities. With these objectives in mind the Committee of Management of the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater initiated the Volunteer Engagement Project and conducted a volunteer survey. A report that outlines the findings of this survey, identifies possible implications and makes recommendations for consideration can be found here.