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Sustained collaboration to make a difference

In late September the Hub hosted a workshop for researchers and managers in Sydney on ‘Enhancing Monitoring of Threatened Species to Improve Conservation Outcomes’. The workshop was hosted at the Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s Q-Station, an old quarantine station on Sydney Harbour. The venue provided a great backdrop, complete with long-nosed bandicoots grazing on the lawn in the early morning and little penguins squawking at each other while we ate dinner – all of this on the fringe of downtown Manly. Sydney really is a great city, which is not easy for a Melbournian to say.

It was heartening to see land managers and conservation practitioners exploring together the practical challenges they face and seeking ways to better collaborate to ensure the best bang for our limited monitoring budgets as well as improved outcomes for Australia’s unique flora and fauna.

With monitoring at the heart of the discussion, we tackled the challenge of making monitoring meaningful in threatened species management, and reflected on the ingredients for a successful, high-impact monitoring program that warns us of declines in a timely fashion, and informs us about which management options work best for conserving threatened species. Expect to see some tangible outcomes over the next six months, ranging from improved monitoring of bilbies and a synthesis of lessons learned from existing monitoring programs.

The collective experience in the room, and the willingness of busy and dedicated conservation managers to come share their wisdom and experiences in order to help improve monitoring of threatened species was emblematic of our Hub. The workshop highlighted to me the importance of sustained collaboration between managers and researchers if we are to make a difference for threatened species on the ground. I look forward to many more such valuable collaborations.

Associate Professor Brendan Wintle

Acting Director


Science for saving species showcase

Cutting-edge research that will inform policy and management decisions to protect Australia’s threatened species will be on show in Canberra on Monday 17 October.

Leading experts from the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub will detail their latest research results in a session open to those working in threatened species policy and management.

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Hanging on to what's golden

As Australian cities and suburbs continue to expand, new developments exert pressure on the species and habitats that exist on their margins. But do smaller species stand a chance against big developers? Researchers are looking for ways to level the playing field.

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Calling for big data on birds

TSR Hub researchers Professor Hugh Possingham and Dr Elisa Bayraktarov are collaborating with James O’Connor, Glenn Ehmke and Joris Driessen from Birdlife Australia to create the “Dow Jones” for threatened species. That is, they are going to create an index that reports on annual changes in Australia’s threatened species populations.

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Rachel Morgain

Rachel Morgain has recently started as Knowledge Broker with the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub. She comes to the Hub with experience working at the interface of research and policy, through roles with the Australian Government and most recently at the Australian Academy of Science.

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Collaborating for conservation

Experienced practitioners from diverse organisations came together to discuss threatened species monitoring at the workshop entitled ‘Enhancing Monitoring for Threatened Species to Improve Conservation Outcomes.’

 

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Parrots make swift use of nesting boxes

You can hear the excitement in Dejan Stojanovic’s voice down the line from Bruny Island, Tasmania. The TSR Hub researcher is in the field, checking on the 300+ nesting boxes he and his team spent a large part of their winter installing in known swift parrot territory. “We weren’t sure the birds would use the boxes."

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Pledge for threatened species

Environmental policy specialist Samuel Marwood was helping to write the threatened species strategy for the Victorian Government two years ago when he ran into a problem: funding. Samuel knew straight away that he was not the only person being kept awake at night by the challenge of securing ongoing financial support for a threatened species program.

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A focus for conserving the whole

“If there was an Ark for Australia's most endangered species, what animals and plants would get a berth?” That was the question interviewer Gregg Borschmann put to the Threatened Species Recovery Hub’s Associate Professor Brendan Wintle and Professor David Keith when they took part in a panel discussion at the Australian Museum as part of National Science Week.

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Be quick: two PhD opportunities

1. The TSR Hub and RMIT are offering a PhD Scholarship to build a social licence for threatened species conservation in Australia.

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2. The TSR Hub and Australian National University are offering a PhD Scholarship to examine why some populations of frog species persist in human modified landscapes. 

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The Threatened Species Recovery Hub is supported through funding from the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Programme.

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