Only 2 weeks left to help track Bunyip Birds

13 Oct 2014 4:33 PM -

The Bitterns in Rice Project’s crowd funding campaign to raise $50,000 has only 14 days to go. So far the project has raised almost $22,000 from generous donors around Australia and the world.

The globally endangered Australasian Bittern is one of the country's most poorly known birds, but recently a breeding population using rice crops has been found to occur in very significant numbers, yet nobody knows where they go after the rice has been harvested. 

The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) in collaboration with Birdlife Australia, the Riverina Local Land Services, Murrumbidgee Landcare and range of other organisations is aiming to raise $50 000 to satellite track at least seven bitterns, providing valuable ecological data and enabling people to follow the birds' movements online. 

The RGA’s Environmental Projects Manager, Neil Bull, said the response to the campaign so far has been fantastic with donations from rice growers, members of the bird watching community and a range of community groups in the Riverina and across Australia.

“We have had some very generous pledges so far with some individuals and organisations offering to contribute over $1,000 towards the project. People from Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and even the United Kingdom, Finland and New Zealand have gotten behind our campaign which is just mind-blowing,” Mr Bull said.

“While the response to date has been very encouraging, we still need to raise a further $28,000 to achieve our target of $50 000, otherwise none of the pledges are withdrawn from donors and the project doesn't go ahead," Mr Bull said.

Read the full media release here

Pledges for the Tracking Bunyip Birds Project close on 26 October. To support the project head to