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Edition 45, August 2017
Did you ever think you'd see a wild Mountain Pygmy Possum? Well here's your chance.
The tiny Mountain Pygmy Possum or Burramys is still active, even in the heart of winter. They forage beneath ski-fields, cashing in on caches of wintering Bogong Moths and the berries of mountain plants.
Watch the film and story with researcher Linda Broome. Her and her team have devoted their lives to studying and protecting these fragile animals and each spring, they head to the high country for a season of trapping and monitoring.
We felt this would be something remarkable to offer you. Linda has generously agreed for us to join her, with a small group of guests and tag-along on a research trip in November.
In conjunction with Wildlife Australia magazine, we are also offering you an amazing 50% off a subscription for the next 12 months, where you can read more about this and other extraordinary wildlife discoveries.
I hope you can join us for this high-altitude adventure, to meet Linda and her researchers and have the extremely rare opportunity to see these fantastic creatures, as well as a range of other bizarre animals that are routinely encountered in the boulder-fields at Charlotte's Pass.
Spots on this trip are limited to 6-8 people so reserve your spot now. A proportion of the funds will go towards the development of breeding facilities. You can also make private donations online, here.
Thanks, as always, for reading. Our next magazine edition will be near the start of spring.
Just 6-8 guests get to come on an exclusive trip to Mt Kosciuszko, to spend a weekend in the company of researchers looking after Mountain Pygmy Possums.
In conjunction with Wildlife Australia and Wildiaries, this trip is led by Canberra-based Hummingbird Tours and accommodated at Charlotte's Pass. You'll be picked up in Canberra and driven to the mountain, where you'll participate in the monitoring of wild Mountain Pygmy Possums.
JUST $1,490 per person. Fri Nov 24 - Sun Nov 26 2017.
- Pick-up / drop-off Canberra
- Driver & expert guide from Hummingbird charters
- Presentation and two mornings trap-checking with the research team
- 2 nights at Pygmy Possum Lodge, Charlotte’s Pass (Eloera Ski Lodge)
- National Park permits
- 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch
When I bent down to pick up a closed trap on a clear early morning in November 2010, I had no idea what was about to happen.
No, not heavy enough to be snake, I thought. Probably just another bush rat ...
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Read more about Mountain Pygmy Possums in the next edition on 2 September!
Linda wishes she could spend her entire life on the summit of mountains. Ironically, for an Australian, she loves the cold. When she embarked on research about rodents in the North American Rockies years ago, everyone thought she was mad. Students used to work during a summer 'field season' and write up their findings during winter - Linda was amongst the first to want to study things under the snow.
We join her near the summit of Australia's highest mountain, Kosciusko. The Southern Alps Ski Club at Charlotte's pass was built in the 1950s, often requiring a few kilometre walk to get there, carrying ski-equipment but also formal dress for dinner. At that time, the summit was adorned by snow almost year round but it wasn't until ten years later that the rock-dwelling Pygmy Possum was discovered.
Blue Whales are the largest animal that ever lived on Earth. The tropical populations are a the smallest but still impressively enormous. Our whales, that congregate at feeding locations off Western Australia and southern Victoria, migrate to the tropics in winter. Only recently have studies shown where they go. The west coast populations make use of a really strong ocean feature in the Banda Sea, where they feed and maybe even give birth (a video in this edition shows a whale with what appears to be a relatively newborn calf). Wildiaries readers can get on board an exclusive trip to see these amazing creatures while exploring some of the lesser known islands of the Banda Sea on board the historic Pindito.
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