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Orange-bellied Parrot Volunteers

$27,160 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 445 people in 18 months
The Orange-bellied Parrot is critically endangered and, with 18 wild born adults including only two females, it is one of the most threatened birds in the world.

A vital part of the recovery program has been the involvement of volunteers who have observed the birds and collected important information each year since 1992. Until recently, most of the funding for transport, logistics and equipment has been funded by the Australian and Tasmanian governments but unfortunately this is no longer the case. Over the past few years the Friends of Orange-bellied Parrot have increasingly been called upon to raise money to support the program but this year we have run out of traditional sources.

My name is Mark Holdsworth and I have been involved with the Orange-bellied Parrot Recovery Program since 1980. My goal is to raise at least $30,000 to pay for the volunteer observer program in Tasmania for the next twelve months.

I’m calling on everyone who cares about the Orange-bellied Parrot and the importance of volunteer involvement in Threatened Species programs to contribute to this campaign so we can ensure information on the species is gathered and shared.

I have supported the Orange-bellied Parrot in many ways over the years and I hope you will join me in raising as much money as we can to undertake this important work.
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My Go Fund Me campaign has leveraged funding from the Tasmanian Orange-bellied Parrot Program to support the summer volunteer observer program. The Friends of Orange-bellied Parrot have been informed that half of the air charter flights will be paid for from the program and this means the Go Fund Me campaign can be stretched much further than I had planned. The savings will be directed to improving the battery power supply for our field hut internet connection so volunteers can share their experience and photos with the outside world this summer. I’m also initiating a coordinated autumn (northern) volunteer survey in 2019 to find where OBPs are moving through the migratory corridor. This will be the first extensive effort since 2012 and will help inform what is happening to the species now.
Male and female OBPs at Melaleuca
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Thanks to over 400 wonderful contributors, my campaign to raise $30,000 to support our Orange-bellied Parrot volunteers has surpassed $20,000. These funds will be directed to important monitoring and survey activities in Tasmania and support our intrepid volunteers for at least the next 12 months.

Recently we have received some good news with several wild OBPs being sighted as part of the mainland winter release program ( https://www.facebook.com/DELWPBarwonSouthWest/posts/1699194043508368). With some luck and fair winds, some of these birds will survive the winter and return to Melaleuca in far southwest Tasmania where they will be seen by our volunteer observers - thanks in no small way to the generosity of so many people.

To celebrate reaching the $20,000 milestone, please keep and share this photo of mine taken in 2015 of a captive-bred male Orange-bellied Parrot flying away from one of his begging fledglings. With gratitude, Mark.
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Dear donors and supporters,

The campaign to raise $30,000 to support the Orange-bellied Parrot volunteer observer program continues to raise much needed funds. With $10,833 contributed in 14 days the response has been fantastic. Please keep sharing my posts and campaign details so we can raise the funds as quickly as possible.

Today I was on my way to Melaleuca to catch up with the programs volunteers Hannah and Jayde, and Barbara Willson (our matriarch of OBP observations - more about Barbara later). Unfortunately Tassie's notoriously fickle weather stopped us flying past South Cape so my visit will be postponed till next week. In the meantime, here is a fabulous picture of one of the first juvenile OBPs of the season taken at one of the feed tables. This bird fledged a few weeks ago and has quickly discovered the free feed on offer. I'll be installing a high quality camera next week so the volunteers will be able share many more images of these beautiful birds. Keep on giving and sharing. #obpvolunteers
Juvenile OBP courtesy of DPIPWE
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We’ve reached $10,000 ‍:) Thank you to all the donors for reaching this milestone on our way to our goal of $30,000. Keep up the good work of sharing the campaign so we can make this happen as soon as possible.
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