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A mixture of ideas to get you thinking about the natural world.

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Be creative

Helmeted Honeyeaters have inspired some creative work and it has inspired us! The Friends are inviting schools to participate in a schools-based ART PROGRAM. We just need YOUR school to be inspired!

Our 50th Anniversary schools-based ART PROGRAM has commenced! This is an exciting part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations planned throughout 2021 including an ART EXHIBITION planned with Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum Inc.

Schools in the Cardinia Shire Council, Yarra Ranges Council, and City of Casey have been invited to be part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Victoria’s State Faunal Emblems, the Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeater’s Possum (Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum Inc.).

Students and teachers in our participating schools are finding creative ways to celebrate these two beautiful Critically Endangered species. To help inspire these works, there’s resources on our website for school-based exploration of conservation issues.

We can’t wait to see the creative expression of the region’s young people!

We have loved receiving work from …

Grade 4 & 5 students at Bridgewood Primary School in Officer created paper collage Helmeted Honeyeaters inspired by Pete Cromer’s Australian Bird series. We love how the birds are the same, but different, just like the real thing!

Thea is 4, Emmeline and Frances are 7. They received a poster in the mail from Zoos Victoria (Friends of the Zoo members receive fabulous things!) and that’s all it took for them to create a wall of Helmeted Honeyeaters at home. Beautiful 🙂

Whilst learning about the natural materials birds need in their environment, Yellingbo Primary School students created Helmeted Honeyeaters on nests. Sadly, this school closed in recent years, however we still appreciate their great work!

Get active

Colour in, play the games, complete the word search plus more!

Download the Junior Rangers Victorian Emblems Activity Book. Find out about our state emblems, including the Helmeted Honeyeater – but what are the others? Can you guess?

Get singing

Rap to the song, and be inspired to create your own version!

Join in with Macclesfield Primary School students as they share the rap song they wrote as part of the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater’s Ambassador’s Program, ‘Saving the Helmeted Honeyeater’. With thanks to Jules Vines and 97.1FM 3MDR for making this possible!

Lunar the Leadbeater’s Possum

Mieke was 11 years old when she became a published author, with the idea of raising awareness about Victoria’s threatened faunal emblems

The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater were so impressed with the story Mieke Florisson wrote as a school project that they funded the publishing of 100 copies! Mieke’s story, ‘Lunar the Leadbeater’s Possum‘, tells the tale of a Leadbeater’s Possum named Lunar who has to move out of home and find his own way in the world. Along the way Lunar comes across many challenges. Will Lunar be able to find a home?

The Friends invited Mieke and her family to present her book to The Victorian Governor, His Excellency The Honourable Alex Chernov and Mrs Chernov. They loved reading it.

‘Lunar the Leadbeater’s Possum’ is a hardcover book, beautifully illustrated and written by Mieke.

Click here to purchase a copy of ‘Lunar the Leadbeater’s Possum‘.

Explore the natural world with a little help from…

Aa-is-for….

Take the a-z-challenge.

How many words can you create from endangered.

Can you crack the code to find out why the Helmeted Honeyeater is a special bird?

Are you a whiz at searching a website? Take the quiz to find out. All the answers are on the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater website.

One of the best things you can do to help our native animals is provide them with a home. Grab a few important things and get to it! Find out the best way to plant habitat for animals.

Take a look at the Helmeted Honeyeater fact file.

Furry Fact!

The word koala is Aboriginal for ‘no drink’. Koalas get enough fluids through the eucalyptus leaves they feed off. For more fascinating facts on koalas and other Australian wildlife and plants, check out the Events page on the Junior Rangers website, brought to you by Parks Victoria.

There’s also some great activity sheets to take along when you go out exploring, like this one about being a wildlife detective or check them all out here.

FREE Zoos Victoria entry for kids under 16

Did you know that the Victorian Government has made entry to Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo on weekends, Victorian public holidays and Victorian school holidays FREE for kids under 16 years of age !

What a great way to get parents to take kids out to see animals!

Did you also know that the Friends work in close partnership with Healesville Sanctuary who manage the Helmeted Honeyeater captive breeding program? When you’re visiting, tell the staff and volunteers how important you think it is and what a great job they’re doing. It’s a great way to put a smile on their faces, and yours! Check out the Helmeted Honeyeaters on display, then come and Join us in helping to save this critically endangered Victorian. We’d love to hear from you.

Droughts and floods. How do the plants and animals respond?

We had a wet 15 months back in 2010-11. Heavy rains caused significant flooding throughout the reserve, starting in September 2010, then again in October of that year. In February 2011 we were hit with the aftermath of Cyclone Yasi – the cyclone that devastated parts of Queensland (remember when bananas were way too expensive to buy except on special occasions). In Victoria, there was significant flooding in many areas, including Yellingbo. Tracks and fencing were damaged. Some Helmeted Honeyeaters found the nests they had built well above the water line were suddenly in danger of flooding! All through 2011 the floodplain was sodden and the creeks remained high.

We hadn’t seen this for many years. In the 10 years prior to 2010 we were in drought. The creeks had been running low in spring/summer, with some of the smaller tributaries drying up completely over summer. Our fauna and flora certainly needed a reprieve from the dry conditions of the drought and once the rains came we had record breaking breeding years for the Helmeted Honeyeater and you could almost see the trees and shrubs take a sigh of relief.

Jack and Sean, our Sydney nephews who were on holidays with us in Sept/Oct 2011, really wanted to see what was on the other side of Beer’s Bridge on Woori Yallock Creek in Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve.

The flood waters were way too fast and strong to even contemplate a crossing. Usually 3-4 metres wide, the creek had broken the banks and flooded many of our low lying revegetation areas. The creek had swollen to up to 30 metres wide in places. It was incredible to think that just 45mm of rain that day in the Dandenong Ranges could have this impact downstream. It was fantastic to see after 10 years of drought in Victoria and eastern Australia.

The floods caused some challenging times for our planting program, but it was fantastic to see never the less!

What will the next few years bring? More drought? More floods?

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