Cutting-edge research that will inform policy and management decisions to protect Australia’s threatened species will be on show in Canberra on Monday
Leading experts from the NESP TSR Hub will detail their latest research results in a session open to anyone interested in threatened species policy and management.
Topics will range from predators and parasites to the role of genetics in translocation efforts to the red hot red list and monitoring management. Attendees will be briefed on further research opportunities and the future mission of the NESP TSR Hub.
At the conclusion of the day, attendees will hear from Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews, with opportunity for questions through open floor discussion.
Afternoon tea will be provided.
Please register your attendance.
Image: Growling grass frog by David Bryant (Department of Primary Industries)
The Threatened Species Recovery Hub is receiving an additional $2 million to deliver research and scientific advice to help support wildlife and habitat recovery efforts following Australia’s bushfire crisis. The rapid rollout of meetings and expert workshops that were planned as part of this response now faces the added and acute challenge of COVID-19.
Predation by cats is a key threat to at least 123 threatened species in Australia. Better understanding and reducing the impact of feral cats on susceptible wildlife has been a major area of research for the Threatened Species Recovery Hub. Hub Deputy Directors Professors Sarah Legge and John Woinarski take a look at our research to address Australia’s cat problem.
The 2019–20 bushfires have been extensive and – in some areas – of very high severity. Many threatened species have had most of their distributions burnt, and fire is likely to have imperilled many species not previously considered threatened. One of the post-fire challenges to population recovery that many native species will face is increased risk of predation, including by introduced foxes and cats.
Australia has many unique small- to medium-sized mammals, which are vulnerable to predation by cats and foxes, two carnivores introduced to the continent with European arrival. For many of these species, effective conservation means heavy or total suppression of cats and/or foxes.
Oliver Tester from the Office of the Threatened Species Commissioner tells us about the Australian Government’s action on feral cats.