Many of Australia’s possums and gliders are under threat. Good information about where different species are greatly assists conservation programs. Members
of the public can play a valuable role in helping to collect this information in their own backyards, and surrounding parks and natural areas.
To help people share sightings of possums and gliders we are adding a section on possums and gliders to the free CAUL Urban Wildlife App. The app will also include photos and other information to help people correctly identify the different species. The app will be free to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play in June 2019!
|Common name||Scientific name|
|Mountain Pygmy-possum||Burramys parvus|
|Long-tailed Pygmy-possum||Cercartetus caudatus|
|Lemuroid Ringtail Possum
|Rock Ringtail Possum
|Green Ringtail Possum
|Daintree River Ringtail Possum
|Herbert River Ringtail Possum
|Western Ringtail Possum
|Common Ringtail Possum
|Common Spotted Cuscus
|Southern Common Cuscus
|Mountain Brushtail Possum
|Common Brushtail Possum
Northern Australia’s mammals have suffered catastrophic declines over the last 30 years. A major new study has found that protecting and recovering habitat by improving fire management and reducing feral cattle, horses and buffaloes is the best approach to address the crisis.
Fire is a complex, important and pervasive ingredient in the ecology of Australia. It destroys life but brings renewal. Professor John Woinarski of Charles Darwin University discusses the catastrophic losses of the 2019–20 fires, and how we can move on from mourning to action that can limit such future devastation.
Clare is a Biodiversity Field Officer with the Australian National University’s Sustainable Farms project. She tells us how she came to this role after an early life on farms in the UK, some bullet-dodging and globe-trotting.
The box gum grassy woodlands once stretched across south-eastern Australia, but have been reduced to less than 5% of their former extent. Holly Vuong speaks with Ann Kristin Raymer and Heather Keith of The Australian National University (ANU) about their new research, part of ANU’s Sustainable Farms, on developing ecosystem accounts for the woodlands to understand why this threatened ecological community is so valuable.
To help land managers get the best outcomes from their fox control investments, a collaborative project funded by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub and Victorian government agencies has developed a new fox population modelling tool. Dr Bronwyn Hradsky of The University of Melbourne led the project and is now working with agencies to apply the tool across Victoria. Here we discuss FoxNet and its applications.