About Us

Save The Gouldian Fund is a not-for-profit charity raising funds for the research and conservation of the Gouldian Finch, a highly endangered Australian bird.

New Article on Breed and Release!

We have a new article up on the website by Mike Fidler, which details the pros and cons, and our current understanding of breed and release programmes. And, most importantly, why we don’t think that this is the way forward (at the moment) for Gouldian finches.

Read the full article here

Save The Gouldian Fund is 10 Years Old!

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Save The Gouldian Fund is celebrating its 10th anniversary! To mark this occasion we have complied a series of short articles about what we have done, are currently doing and planning for the future….. These articles have been writing from a number of different people and perspectives (e.g. volunteers, researchers, founders, etc.) and will hopefully give you an insight into what goes on at STGF…. Thank you to the very many people out there who have and continue to donate and help the fund – we couldn’t have done any of this without you!!

Read the full article here

 

Naturally For Birds

STNFB finchesGF is very proud to be part of Naturally For Birds – a new range of avicultural supplements that has arisen directly from the research we have been doing with captive and wild Gouldian finches.

For nearly 10 years now, we have been working on the ecology, behaviour, physiology and nutritional requirements of a range of finches. Part of this work has been researching the wild diets of finches at different stages in their lifecycle (i.e. different times of the year). Using this research, a range of supplements has subsequently been formulated to meet the natural bio-rhythms of wild Australian seedeaters. When added to a traditional diet, the scientific trials showed dramatic and staggering results inimproving general health and well-being of birds, as well as increasing fertility, breeding success, nestling and juvenile growth rates and survival, as well as a number of other health, survival and reproductive-related effects. This has led to the decision to extend this nutritional work across a range of different species, which have very different nutritional requirements. Of course, this means we face the difficulty that more funding is required.

It is against this background that NATURALLY for BIRDS was recently formed, with a view to raising funds for nutritional research by marketing the current products that have resulted from research to date.

Importantly, proceeds from the sales of all NATURALLY for BIRDS products go to Save The Gouldian Fund to continue saving the Gouldian finch and for further research into avian nutrition.  

 

 

Proud dad!

This black-headed male caught this morning is a proud dad of a large and healthy brood of chicks!
Photo: Proud dad of a large and healthy brood of chicks!

Gouldians… and spiders

Huntsmen spiders love the boxes too! And the birds don’t mind sharing… many Gouldian nests also have a harmless huntsmen in with them! Although the task of checking boxes is not a job for the arachnophobic as it can be rather off putting when they run over your hands and down your arm….
Photo: Huntsmen spiders love the boxes too! And the birds don't mind sharing... many Gouldian nests also have a harmless huntsmen in with them! Although the task of checking boxes is not a job for the arachnophobic as it can be rather off putting when they run over your hands and down your arm....

Nest-boxes, nest-boxes and more nest-boxes….

One of our helpers checking one of the thousands of nest-boxes that are up for the Gouldians. It’s hard work in very hot and humid conditions but finding a Gouldian nest is always such a wonderful reward!
Photo: Checking one of the hundreds of nest-boxes that are up for the Gouldians in the Kimberley....

Wild Gouldian finch breeding season starts!

Wild Gouldian finch breeding season is now underway! First eggs are in the boxes!
Photo: Wild Gouldian finch breeding season is underway! First eggs are in the boxes!

Shirts avaliable from Australian Finches Store

Buy a Gouldian finch t-shirt from Australian Finches Online Store and $4 will go to STGF and help our cause! They look like great t-shirts so be sure to buy one soon….

Save the Gouldian Fund Christmas Fundraiser

A BIG thank you to Nathan (aka Conservation Kid) for raising over AUD$900 for STGF by selling Gouldian finch Christmas decorations that he made. This money will go a long way to providing more nestboxes (and homes) for wild Gouldians. Thank you so much Nathan!
Photo: A complete decoration constructed from 100% recycled materials; secondhand fabric, cardboard packaging boxes for the backing and electrical off-cuts for the copper eye and hanger.
Photo: Individually hand-printed tags to go with each decoration (printed on used manila folder card).
Photo: The sign says it all; made from 100% recycled materials.

Save the Gouldian Fund Christmas Fundraiser

A BIG thank you to Nathan Gregory (aka Conservation Kid) who has already raised over $300 for STGF by selling these lovely Gouldian finch Christmas Decorations. He will selling more next week so keep posted to find out where and when you purchase them…. You can follow Nathan on Facebook by clicking here.

STGF fundraise