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Collaboration delivers bolder and braver projects

Successful threatened species recovery requires new knowledge, data and models to maximise the chance and efficiency of successful management.
 
One of the main roles of our hub is to bring this information together, synthesizing it in a range of ways. This includes proposing a credible and publicly available index for the state of our threatened birds to assembling guidelines for recovery teams.
 
In this month’s newsletter you’ll read about some of our multi-agency collaborative projects that aim to: keep myrtle rust out of Western Australia, reduce threats to malleefowl, share management lessons from island refuges, and identify common factors that drive success in recovery projects.
 
This collaborative research with management agencies sets our decision makers up for bolder, braver initiatives that tackle conservation decline. We have found that collaborative research delivers higher quality results faster and the engagement during the research process maximises the chance that our discoveries are implemented by those management agencies.

Professor Hugh Possingham

Busting the rust

Australian environmental experts are keen to explore a unified approach to combat myrtle rust, in the hope of preventing the disease from spreading to WA.

Leading biosecurity experts discussed the challenges associated with managing the fungal disease, and outlined a proposal for Australia's first national protection plan, following a workshop facilitated by Dr Ben Phillips, leader of TSR Hub Project 1.4.

Planning fowl play

Australia's Malleefowl population is disappearing, and more conclusive data will soon be available to explain why.

Representatives from over a dozen conservation groups met to plan the largest scale Malleefowl survey ever attempted, at a workshop with Darren Southwell (Project 3.3). 
 
The survey will measure the effect of fox-baiting programs and other control methods.

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Big commitment to little species

Dr Diana Fisher, ecologist and Project 4.4 leader, has dedicated two decades to the study of mammals, including threatened marsupials, bats and wallabies that most people know little about.

Together with her affinity for the smallest and most vulnerable of mammals, Dr Fisher brings her keen eye for detail and data to the field – a particularly useful trait considering the size of her subjects.

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Recipes for success

The western swamp tortoise, pygmy bluetongue lizard and eastern bristlebird may have been already extinct, if not for dedicated threatened species recovery teams.

Professor Stephen Garnett (leader of Theme 6 and Project 6.4) hosted a workshop to identify the ingredients for a successful recovery program. The workshop output will be used by the Department of the Environment to form new guidelines for recovery efforts.

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Island life

Australian islands have a role to play in protecting threatened species. By providing predator-free, low-pressure environments, islands can act as sanctuaries for species at risk on the mainland.

Researchers and land managers gathered at a workshop organised by Dr Justine Shaw and Associate Professor Salit Kark (Project 4.2), to share specialist knowledge and experiences of managing species recovery programs on islands.

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The art of science

A series of elegant watermarks has been created by science communicator and illustrator Michelle Baker, to reflect the major themes of the TSR Hub.

The six watermarks, inspired by science and nature, provide a thematic or conceptual link between each image and its corresponding Hub theme.

Based in Queensland. Michelle applies her illustrative talents as a communications officer for the TSR Hub.

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Grassland Earless Dragon cover image courtesy of David Salt.

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

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