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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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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!