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)
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.