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Jul 18

Help count koalas in Lake Macquarie

TAKE PART: The national Koala Count starts this weekend for Lake Macquarie residents.IF you thought you didn’t have the right “koalafications” to collect scientific data, think again.
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This month Lake Macquarie council is calling on all local residents to participate in an Australia-wide citizen survey called Koala Count.

The survey will help identify areas where koalas are located and the stability of their numbers. It is the second year the Koala Count has been held.

Cameron Park, West Wallsend, Coal Point, Wangi Wangi and Awaba have all been targeted as likely areas in Lake Macquarie to see them.

Lake Macquarie council’s sustainability manager, Dr Alice Howe, said the koala population had declined significantly over the past few years due to habitat loss, disease, fire, animal attacks and collisions with vehicles.

“Our area is abundant with native flora and fauna, and research indicates that we do have koalas in Lake Macquarie,” she said. “However, last year local participants didn’t spot one in their native habitat so we are hoping this year they will.”

For information about the project go to koalacount.org.au.

■ Lake Macquarie residents who are keen to participate in the Koala Count can attend a workshop at Toronto Library this Saturday, November 8. To to book a spot phone 4921 0333.

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