Without adequate monitoring, it is impossible for us to know what is happening with our threatened species, whether any are at growing risk, or what actions
to take. Project 3.2 aims at designing better monitoring strategies for threatened species and improving how monitoring is implemented.
Researchers from Project 3.2 are currently undertaking a survey of Australian managers, professional practitioners and academics involved with threatened species monitoring to better understand the value, monitoring framework and decisions, challenges and key elements of effective threatened species monitoring in Australia. We are targeting professional practitioners from across Australia, representing all relevant federal, state and territory agencies, NGOs and other relevant institutions. Our intention is to get a representation across different organisations and different taxa, landscape and management levels.
If you are working as a researcher, manager or practitioner in a monitoring program for one or more threatened species, we would like to invite you to take part in the survey. Please note, our target audience does not include volunteers involved with threatened species monitoring. Completion of the survey should take 15-20 minutes of your time.
Information gathered in this questionnaire will be summarized into a scientific manuscript and a chapter in an edited book, and used to inform threatened species monitoring policy and practice. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. If you complete the survey you agree to having your responses used in our research, including in publications and reports. The survey opens 10th October and closes 7th November 2016.
More information on the project can be found here
New Hub research has quantified the extent of predation by cats on Australia’s birds and identified the species and types of birds most vulnerable to cats. The team found that cats kill over 1 million birds per day in Australia. The total is made up of an estimated 316 million birds killed by feral cats and 61 million killed by pet cats each year.
Sound recorders have been installed across farm land in south-western Victoria and on Kangaroo Island in research to help threatened glossy black-cockatoos and south-eastern red-tailed black-cockatoos, by learning more about their breeding.
As cats and foxes have spread across Australia, islands have prevented the extinctions of several mammals like the boodie. Associate Professor Sarah Legge discusses the importance of safe havens and also summarizes the highlights of a recent 'safe-haven' symposium held at the International Mammalogy Congress in Perth.
The TSR Hub is one of six National Environmental Science Programme hubs and each is making its own important contribution to the national effort to recover our threatened species. Hub Director Brendan Wintle takes a look beyond the TSR Hub to highlight the good work being done on threatened species by our sister hubs.
On sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island a multi-million dollar eradication program removed cats in 2000 and rabbits, rats and mice in 2013. In the aftermath of this effort, beautiful things are emerging. Dr Justine Shaw is leading a TSR Hub project to learn from this experience and monitor how ecosystems respond.