Count possums in backyard

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Geocatch mascot Western the ringtail possum spotting with Skye Yeacman, 8
Camera IconGeocatch mascot Western the ringtail possum spotting with Skye Yeacman, 8 Credit: Supplied

Geocatch this week announced a fun and engaging activity for kids to enjoy during isolation — the Ringtail Tally.

Families can help the plight of the critically endangered western ringtail possum by counting possums in their local area.

The tally runs in backyards from Dalyellup to Eagle Bay, from tomorrow until May 10.

GeoCatch project officer Nicole Lincoln said community support was critical to conserving western ringtail possums.

“The Geographe Bay Catchment contains prime habitat for this critically endangered species, of which there is thought to be less than 8000 remaining in the wild,” she said.

“Residents have the unique opportunity to be actively involved in the conservation of this species.”

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions puts the tally information into the WA Threatened Species Database and the results are shared with the community as an infographic snapshot.

“The data is used as a reference for population trends, future planning decisions and conservation projects,” Lincoln said.

A possum box will be awarded to a lucky winner who returns their completed tally data sheet by May 31.

To register and receive a data sheet, visit or contact GeoCatch on 9781 0111.

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