Last year provided us with much to be proud of and I would like to acknowledge the NESP TSR Hub’s significant contribution to the national effort. So much
of this work is directly relevant to the Threatened Species Strategy and helps me make the best decisions and investments possible.
The Strategy celebrated its first year of implementation last year and I am pleased to report that through our collective national effort, including the work of the Hub, we have met the majority of the Strategy’s targets for year one and are delivering some great outcomes for our threatened species.
The Hub has gone from strength to strength and is producing world-class science that informs my decisions, as well as the practitioners, managers and decision makers who are working to better understand, manage and conserve our threatened species.
There have been many highlights, but some that stand out include:
The first annual showcase held in Canberra that offered the Department of the Environment and Energy and a broader audience an insight into the wide-ranging and collaborative research underway in the Threatened Species Recovery Hub.
The tremendous results achieved by Professor Rob Heinsohn and his team to boost Swift Parrot breeding success.
Successful assisted climate change adaptation through the first translocation of the western swamp tortoise outside of their historical range.
We are now turning our attention to the years ahead and to meeting the Strategy’s challenging three and five year targets. The TSR Hub will continue to support decision-making, and the new Threatened Species Recovery Fund will open this year to help community groups undertake essential activities to protect and recover threatened species. We will be intensifying action where it is most needed, building the partnerships required to fight extinction and applying the knowledge gained in 2016 to enhance the effectiveness of the Strategy.
I am so proud and encouraged by the progress we have made in just one year and I am looking forward to continuing this important journey with Australia, and the Threatened Species Recovery Hub.
Threatened Species Commissioner
Top image: Gregory Andrews
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.