Seeking coastal emu scat for diet analysis

Emu scat full of native seeds. Image: J. Keating.


We are assisting researchers at Western Sydney University to collect scat samples from coastal emu, in an attempt to better understand the diet composition of the local endangered population. Members of the public are urged to keep an eye open for emu scats.

Collection of material from the wild requires a scientific licence from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. There are several local representatives on the permit list. Clarence Valley Council Natural Resource Management Project Officer, Caragh Heenan, is listed on the permit and can take collection of samples. When you observe the coastal emu scat, please contact Caragh Heenan for further processing at Caragh.Heenan@clarence.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 6641 7357.

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