Possums in urban gardens in Albany and Bunbury have been in the spot light in January and February. In particular, Dr Rochelle Steven from the University
of Queensland and Bronte Van Helden a PhD Candidate from the University of Western Australia, have been on the look out for the critically endangered
western ringtail possum.
With help from citizen scientist residents they have been undertaking mammal surveys in the two cities to look for the presence of both native and introduced mammals, including common brush-tailed possums, western ring-tailed possums, quenda and rats. They also took echo-meter recordings which will be analysed to check for the presence of microbats.
The surveys will help us better understand the urban mammal communities residing in the two cities.
Bronte Van Helden from the University of Western Australia is working with resident citizen scientists to survey gardens for mammals in Albany. Photo: Paul Close.
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.