Many of Australia’s possums and gliders are under threat. Good information about where different species are greatly assists conservation programs. Members
of the public can play a valuable role in helping to collect this information in their own backyards, and surrounding parks and natural areas.
To help people share sightings of possums and gliders we are adding a section on possums and gliders to the free CAUL Urban Wildlife App. The app will also include photos and other information to help people correctly identify the different species. The app will be free to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play in June 2019!
|Common name||Scientific name|
|Mountain Pygmy-possum||Burramys parvus|
|Long-tailed Pygmy-possum||Cercartetus caudatus|
|Lemuroid Ringtail Possum
|Rock Ringtail Possum
|Green Ringtail Possum
|Daintree River Ringtail Possum
|Herbert River Ringtail Possum
|Western Ringtail Possum
|Common Ringtail Possum
|Common Spotted Cuscus
|Southern Common Cuscus
|Mountain Brushtail Possum
|Common Brushtail Possum
With other concerned conservation biologists, researchers from the Threatened Species Recovery Hub have developed a ‘blueprint’ for management responses to the 2019-20 wildfires. This report can be downloaded from our website.
The Threatened Species Recovery Hub of the National Environmental Science Program expresses our sympathy to everyone whose life has been impacted by these horrific fires, and acknowledges the heartbreak of families who have lost everything, including loved ones.
Many landscapes in Australia are fire-prone, and increasingly so. Altered fire regimes can have a serious negative impact on threatened plant species and ecological communities. A Threatened Species Recovery Hub project is working to better understand the effects of different fire regimes on threatened flora in order to improve fire management strategies and conservation outcomes.
Almost a quarter of Australia’s possums and gliders are listed as threatened under Australian environmental law, and many more are showing signs of decline. Dr Rochelle Steven from The University of Queensland believes people in the community can do a lot to support conservation, especially in urban areas.
The detection and monitoring of threatened species have been a strong area of research in the National Environmental Science Program and also the two national environmental research programs which preceded it. Hub Director Professor Brendan Wintle takes a look at what we’ve been achieving and why it is so important to the conservation of Australia’s threatened species.