Landcare launches crowdfunding to save threatened lyrebird

The Albert's Lyrebird
The Albert's Lyrebird

A $7500 plan to rejuvenate local habitat for the threatened albert's lyrebird is relying on crowdfunding via the Pozible website, a first for Landcare Australia.

So far $2000 has been raised ahead of the October 29 deadline.

Albert's lyrebird is native to a small area roughly 100km each side of the Queensland-NSW border.

In 2000, the number of breeding birds in Australia was estimated at 3500 and declining, Barbara Stewart from Wilson's Creek Huonbrook Landcare said.

Albert's lyrebird lives locally in the hinterland national parks of the Byron Shire and adjoining valleys but is not easy to spot because it is a shy bird.

"But hearing it is another matter, if you know the call. In winter during its breeding season it calls regularly," Barbara said.

Its cousin the superb lyrebird that features on the 10 cent coin ranges from Victoria to southern Queensland.

The crowd-funding campaign is raising money to eradicate weeds and to plant native species that make up the lyrebird's habitat.

"Albert's lyrebird is an umbrella species, so if we look after it, we also look after a lot of other fauna species, including rainforest pigeons and red-legged pademelons," she said.

Topics:  environment landcare

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