There’s only 50 of them and you could help spot one

Could you help spot coastal emus?

If you live in or around Bungawalbin, Evans Head or Red Rock you could help protect the regions’ endangered emu population in the State Government’s Saving our Species program.

The department’s threatened species officer Lia Hooper said the coastal emu is a genetically distinct population and the birds were found exclusively on the north coast of NSW.

“Formerly widespread across north-eastern NSW, coastal emus are now restricted to an area between Evans Head, Red Rock and Bungawalbin,” Ms Hooper said.

“These birds play a crucial ecological role by aiding in the dispersal of fruits and seeds over vast distances across the landscape.”

The estimated population of coastal emus is fewer than 50 individuals.

The coastal emu population survey is happening from Friday October 13 to Sunday October 15.

Emu chicks.

“Your participation will make a substantial difference to our conservation efforts,” Ms Hooper said.

Here’s how you can get involved:

● Join a registered volunteer team: Partner with a threatened species officer from the program to explore designated coastal emu habitat areas.

●  Conduct surveys on your property: If you own property within the coastal emu habitat area, you can conduct surveys on foot or by car. Report your sightings using the population survey app or provided paper survey sheets.

●  Set up motion cameras on your property: If you have a property within the habitat area, you can monitor a site using motion camera devices provided to you.

Find out more about the 2023 Coastal Emu Population Survey and registration.

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