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A mixture of materials was used to create this fantastic picture by a Yellingbo Primary School student. We’d love to see your artwork too! Send us a picture or tell us what you’d like to see on this page.

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Lunar the Leadbeater’s Possum

Mieke is 11 years old, a published author and is 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 recently. They loved 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…


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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