The Central Highlands forest is a critically endangered ecosystem (IUCN Red Listed). Wildlife of the Central Highlands (WOTCH) is a grassroots citizen science organisation with a track record of protecting valuable habitat through biodiversity surveys. “Project Spotlight” will fund citizen science surveys throughout the Central Highlands forest; a site of global ecological significance. Using state-of-the-art thermal imaging cameras and expertise of the region's biodiversity we will provide the wider community with an opportunity to extensively survey threatened-species habitat. These beloved and emblematic species include the Leadbeater’s possum, spot-tailed quoll, greater glider, yellow-bellied glider and sooty owl.
This project will benefit threatened species whose survival is dependent on the protection of these forests. Additionally, our project will serve the growing Victorian community that loves these natural places. From 4WDers to bushwalkers, mountain bikers and tourists these forests are immensely valuable. Through citizen science we will provide an opportunity for nature enthusiasts (of all ages) to be mesmerised by the awe of the forest. By empowering the local community to survey these natural places our organisation will provide a classroom in the forest. And importantly, "Project Spotlight" will facilitate community-led improvement of biodiversity knowledge and environmental management.
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