Friends of the OBP
The Wildcare group Friends of Orange-bellied Parrot (OBP) provides volunteers and assists with fund raising, working bees and research activities to benefit the critically endangered OBPs.
With a kilometre between observation posts and feed tables bike-riding is the ideal way for volunteers to get around.
Where we work
The Wildcare Friends of the Orange-bellied Parrot (OBP) group works across the OBP’s range with a focus on Tasmania.
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 Program staff to monitor survival and breeding success of wild and captive-bred release birds.
Members of our group conduct autumn migration surveys (March-April) and winter surveys (June-July) on 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. Through a range of partnerships, we hope to raise much needed funds to support our volunteers and other parts of the recovery program.
An interview with Friends of the OBP President – Marianne Gee:
Visit the GALLERY to view images of the Friends of the OBP in action.
All proceeds from sales in our online shop go to support the efforts to save the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrots. 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:
- T-shirts and hoodies (3 print designs, choose a variety of styles in up to 18 colours)
- Cushion covers
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 Barbara Willson on email firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other enquiries about any aspect of your volunteer work and accommodation available through the DPIPWE Monitoring Program at Melaleuca please email email@example.com
President – Marianne Gee FoOBP@bigpond.com
Treasurer – Will Oliver
Secretary – Marg Cranney firstname.lastname@example.org