The Wildcare group Friends of Orange-bellied Parrot provides volunteers and assists with fund raising, working bees and research activities to benefit the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrots.

Where we work

The Wildcare Friends of the OBP group works across the OBP’s range.

What we do

The objectives of the group are to:

  • Assist with the observation at Melaleuca (SW Tasmania)
  • Conduct migration and winter surveys – read about our April 2021 Autumn Migration Survey
  • Assist with OBP habitat management projects
  • Raise awareness of the plight of the OBP
  • Raise funds (including through our online shop) to support the activities of volunteers and other recovery actions

DPIPWE volunteers observe Orange-bellied Parrots visiting the feed tables, recording individual colour-bands and nest observations. This data is collected for the department’s OBP Management Group to monitor survival and breeding success of wild and captive-bred release birds. Members of our group also conduct surveys during the northern migration (March-June) along the north-west coast and on King Island. We also assist our counterparts on the mainland with winter surveys. An increasingly important role of FOOBP is recovery program advocacy and fund raising. We are currently involved in some exciting new projects and, through a range of partnerships, we hope to raise much needed funds to support our volunteers and other parts of the recovery program.

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Visit the GALLERY to view images of the Friends of the OBP in action.

Online shop

All proceeds from sales in our online shop go to support the efforts to save the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrots, so please support the work of the Friends of the OBP by purchasing something for yourself or as a gift. Items are printed as they are ordered and then delivered by Australia Post.

You can either browse the shop products or check out the groups of products:

Accommodation at Melaleuca

​If you are a member of the Friends of the OBP and are selected by DPIPWE as a volunteer for the OBP Summer Monitoring Program, member accommodation at Melaleuca may be available to you.

For more information on FoOBP accommodation at Melaleuca please contact Mark Holdsworth, Liaison Officer on 0419 120 298 or email mark.holdzy@icloud.com

For all other enquiries about  any aspect of  your volunteer work and accommodation available through the DPIPWE Monitoring Program at Melaleuca please email obp.program@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

Our Contacts

President – Marianne Gee  FoOBP@bigpond.com

Treasurer – Will Oliver

Secretary – Marg Cranney  marg@margcranney.com.au