Got a possum in your garden in Albany or Bunbury? Dr Rochelle Steven from the University of Queensland and Bronte Van Helden a PhD Candidate
from the University of Western Australia are on the look out for the critically endangered western ringtail possum.
With help from citizen scientist residents they are undertaking mammal surveys in urban gardens in the two cities in January and February. The researchers are looking for the presence of both native and introduced mammals, including common brush-tailed possums, western ring-tailed possums, quenda and rats. They are also taking echo-meter recordings which will be analysed after the surveys 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.
New research by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub has shown that invasive or pest species are a problem for 1,257 threatened species in Australia, or about four out of five species.
New research by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub has identified the top 100 Australian plant species at risk of extinction. Dr Jennifer Silcock from the University of Queensland said three quarters of Australia’s threatened species are plants.
Citizen scientist residents are working with researchers to survey urban gardens in Albany and Bunbury for mammals in January and February. They hope to find critically endangered western ringtail possums.
The Threatened Species Recovery Hub is hosting a biodiversity horizon summit on 1 March in Melbourne. The summit will bring individuals together from across sectors with a stake in biodiversity matters, to develop horizon thinking that transcends individual sectoral perspectives and positions.
Reports by The Courier-Mail that the Threatened Species Recovery Hub is an anti-coal activist group involved in a review of Adani coal mine environmental plans are totally incorrect.