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It is people who save species

The TSR Hub now involves around 200 people, including researchers and on-ground partners, working on around 40 projects across the country. One of the things that unites these projects is a high level of stakeholder engagement and strong collaborations with conservation policy makers, planners and on-ground practitioners such as the Martu Rangers who feature in this edition.

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Brendan Wintle

Acting  Hub Director

Best-practice governance for recovery teams

For most people, threatened species recovery is about doing something to save a threatened species – removing smothering weeds, planting habitat trees, translocating individual animals and managing threats like foxes and cats. The ‘doing’ is important but what is often not seen is the organisation behind the doing. How are decisions made? Which bits of the ‘doing’ are given the priority? And how do we make sure we ‘learn’ as we ‘do’? 

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Mixing western science with traditional knowledge

The Martu people of the Western Desert are working to protect one of the last strongholds of the iconic bilby. TSR scientists are hoping they can help in this work by designing a monitoring program that Martu rangers can use to better understand bilby population trends over time.

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Saving the western swamp tortoise

The western swamp tortoise has all the ingredients of a fairy tale. It’s the Goldilocks of tortoises needing water that isn’t too hot but isn’t too cold to survive. It’s the Rip Van Winkle of reptiles in that it seemed to vanish from sight for over 100 years during which time it was thought extinct – but then it was rediscovered. And it’s the Houdini of endangered wildlife in that it came close to oblivion in the 1980s with numbers fewer than 50 but, thanks to concerted efforts at recovery, it escaped extinction and there are over ten times that number now.

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Making threatened-species monitoring count

Monitoring the status and trends of threatened species is vital to informing management and policy decisions. And yet, monitoring of threatened species rarely occurs, and when it does - it is usually not carried out effectively. Why is this, and how can we remedy the situation? The TSR Hub brought together 30 conservation managers who have long-standing involvement in threatened-species monitoring from all over Australia to look at this issue.

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How many cats?

Conservation management works best when it is based on robust evidence. We need to know how many feral cats there are, how they’re distributed, and how many we should control to make a difference. 'How many cats?' sounds a simple question but there isn’t a simple answer. Even counting the human population in Australia is a formidable challenge – and mostly we self-count. Sarah Legge, Brett Murphy and John Woinarski explain how the TSR Hub is answering this question.

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Bradley Moggridge

Indigenous Liaison Coordinator

I am a proud Murri from the Kamilaroi Nation (North-West NSW). I always find myself in a unique position of being trained in western science with a cultural background.  This TSR role is a good opportunity to link Western Science with Traditional Knowledge for better management of threatened species.

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Dr Angela Guerrero

Governance Researcher

Saving a threatened species is a big task often requiring the effort of many people over a sustained period.  The way these people organise themselves is critical to the success of any species recovery program. Angela is working with the TSR Hub to understand what forms of governance help a recovery effort.

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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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