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GeoLINK is has been engaged to perform the Project Ecologist role for Pacifico on the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section of the Pacific Highway Upgrade. A component of this role involves spotter/catcher duties during clearing operations to undertake pre-clearing & nocturnal surveys. Ecologist supervision is required when felling all habitat trees and to capture/relocate any fauna present in the hollows or works area in general.

This male Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) was keenly spotted by the harvesting crew and reported to the Ecologist who caught and relocated the animal to appropriate habitat nearby. He was lucky to be seen by the bull dozer operator working in the area!

Jessica O'Leary - Project Ecologist Echidna - Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads Pacific Highway Upgrade Jessica O'Leary - Project Ecologist

These two Green Tree Snakes (Dendrelaphis punctulata) were found tightly huddled together deep inside a tree hollow in a very large blackbutt. The tree was approximately 1 m DBH and roughly 40m tall. Both snakes were unharmed and relocated together to suitable habitat outside of the Project alignment.

Jessica O'Leary with Green Tree Snakes found on site Green Tree Snakes found on site