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Preventing extinction – why we should

Three vertebrate species became extinct in Australia during the last decade, but these losses had no perceptible impact on our nation’s economy and were not even noticed by most people. Given this, what are the arguments for seeking to prevent the loss of species? TSR Hub Deputy Director John Woinarski responds to this question with ten justifications.

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Recovering the far eastern curlew

The far eastern curlew, one of the world’s largest migratory shorebirds, has declined dramatically in the last 20 years. According to Micha Jackson the bird is in trouble on multiple fronts and central to addressing these challenges is a better understanding of its habitat needs and international cooperation. 

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A bettong in the bush is worth...

Will Batson explains why a bettong in the bush is worth two in the hand, and talks about the successful reintroduction of bettongs within two predator-free fenced nature reserves in the ACT and a new project to establish bettongs outside fenced reserves. 

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Melville Island mammal declines fought with fire

Native animals are declining on Australia’s second largest island with brush-tailed rabbit-rats, black-footed tree-rats and northern brown bandicoots the worst hit. This is one of the findings of surveys of almost 100 sites on Melville Island, 80km north of Darwin, which was compared to surveys from 15 years ago. 

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Accounting for a 'home among the
gum trees'

Threatened species are often found in landscapes where there are competing interests and views on how things should be managed. Who are you going to call to deal with these tensions? Ecologists? Engineers? Economists? In the Victorian Central Highlands TSR Hub researchers have called in the accountants, and their findings highlight that continuing with native forestry doesn’t add up.

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Threatened species in city spaces

376 EPBC-listed threatened species have some part of their distribution in at least one Australian city or town, and for at least 30 of those species, that’s the only place they are found. If we are to have any success at securing their futures, we need to come up with effective strategies for their conservation in our urban spaces.

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Gregory Andrews
Threatened Species Commissioner

Reflections on 2016

Last year provided us with much to be proud of and I would like to acknowledge the NESP TSR Hub’s significant contribution to the national effort. So much of this work is directly relevant to the Threatened Species Strategy and helps me make the best decisions and investments possible.

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Dr Natasha Robinson
Research Fellow

Science grounded in conservation

Natasha Robinson is passionate about science and Australia’s unique flora and fauna. She believes that for research to have meaning it needs to be applied and have impact, and towards this end she has devoted her science to improving the management of our threatened species. 

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