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.

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Wyndham Locals help the Gouldians

Recently Mike Fidler appealed to Wyndham locals in The Bastion newspaper to help reverse declining numbers of Gouldian finches in the area by putting up nest boxes in their gardens. The article is reproduced here.

Since then, a meeting has been held at the Research Centre. Fifteen nest boxes were taken by Wyndham residents directly after the meeting and at least another fifteen have been spoken for since. Well done, Wyndham!

Also thanks are due to the prison work camp inmates, who are repairing some of the part-made boxes.

Strop, Bushy and Mike examining nest boxes in need of repair
Strop, Bush and Mike discuss how to fix nest boxes to trees
Nest boxes going to the work camp for repair
Meeting at the Research Centre about nest boxes

Naturally For Birds

STGF 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 15 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 in improving 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 led to the decision to extend this nutritional work across a range of different species, with very different nutritional requirements. As a result we now have three valuable supplements for cage birds – PRIMA, PROTEIN BOOST and MICRONUTRIENTS. Read more about them at www.naturallyforbirds.com.au.

It is against this background that NATURALLY for BIRDS was formed in 2014, with a view to raising funds for nutritional research and other ongoing activities of Save the Gouldian Fund.

Importantly, all profits 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.  

 

Research Updates

A key aim of the Save the Gouldian Fund is to promote research into the Gouldian finch. See the interesting findings in two updates, at June 2019 and September 2019.

Estimating home ranges to look at habitat preferences

New Article on the 2019 Count

We have a new article up on the website describing the results of the Save the Gouldian Fund Count for 2019. Sadly numbers were down on 2018, but the count followed a very poor 2018/19 wet season. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with this year’s count!

Read the full article here

Thanks, Laura!

STGF relies on donations to support our investments in research projects on the natural population of Gouldians. Results of those investments are regulalry reported here. Recently we had a great donation from Laura Watkins, a regular donor from the US. Laura is a breeder of Gouldians and her substantial donation was accompanied by the comment – “From my domestic flock of Lady Gouldians, to their wild counterparts – a portion of this year’s sales. Cheers!”

Fantastic to have successful breeders supporting our investments in wild Gouldian research. Many thanks to Laura and her Lady Goulds!

Drones in Fight to Save Finch

A recent article by Peter de Kruijff from The West Australia on one of our exciting new projects! This involves tracking Gouldian finches using drones (and transponders) to help us determine where the birds move during the year.

Click here to read the full article

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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

 

Shirts available 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!