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
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.
In 2009, the Christmas Island blue-tailed skink and Lister’s gecko were headed for imminent extinction. Parks Australia acted quickly to collect remaining wild individuals in order to establish captive breeding programs on Christmas Island and at Taronga Zoo, Sydney, which have been highly successful. A Threatened Species Recovery Hub project team is working closely with Parks Australia to help secure a future for the two lizards beyond captivity.
The silver-headed antechinus and black-tailed dusky antechinus are carnivorous marsupials found in high-elevation forests in parts of central-eastern and south-eastern Queensland. They were only described in the past six years, but they are already listed as Endangered. Knowing where they occur is essential for effective conservation, but current distribution knowledge is patchy. To address this, PhD candidate Stephane Batista in partnership with the Queensland Herbarium and Queensland Department of Environment and Science is modelling the habitat where these threatened species are likely to occur, and is using detection dogs to rapidly survey these sites.