Wild night under moonlight: visit Mount Ridley’s mammals!

Frogs, possums, and gliders are just some of the attractions for residents who attend Hume City Council’s fauna night at Mount Ridley Conservation Reserve in Mickleham, on Wednesday 2 December 2015.

Experienced ecologists will guide residents with the help of moonlight, as they play sounds and use spotlights to identify a range of different nocturnal animals that live at the reserve.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said the evening would fascinate all members of the family.

“The fauna night at this beautiful place will be a terrific way to get to know the creatures that live in our community,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“There are many birds, bats, and other animals that come out at dusk, and the fauna night will give people an insight into what Hume was like before European settlement.

“The ecologists are very knowledgeable about Australian wildlife, and they will explain the way Mount Ridley’s animals live and what they eat.

“People will need to be very quiet at different times of the tour, as ecologists play audio of an animal’s call and wait to hear if a particular frog or bird responds.

“This is a unique way to get close to nature and appreciate how certain animals spend their time after dark in our bushy parks.”

Ecologists have commenced a survey of wildlife at 17 reserves across Hume, and will complete their research across two years, in the seasons of Spring and Autumn.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said a number of Hume’s Enviro Champions would attend the fauna night at Mount Ridley Conservation Reserve.

“The evening will be a useful means to meet other residents who have an interest in Hume’s local ecology,” she said.

“It’s a free night, and people of all ages are most welcome.”

Hume’s fauna night is scheduled for Wednesday 2 December 2015 from 8.15pm to 10.00pm, at Mount Ridley Conservation Reserve.

Attendees should meet at the end of Eucalyptus Court in Mickleham. More information about the night is available here.

While the event will conclude Hume’s Live Green program for 2015, another fauna night is expected to take place in February 2016 at Bulla.

Updated : 10:25 AM, 24 November 2015

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