Without adequate monitoring, it is impossible for us to know what is happening with our threatened species, whether any are at growing risk, or what actions
to take. Project 3.2 aims at designing better monitoring strategies for threatened species and improving how monitoring is implemented.
Researchers from Project 3.2 are currently undertaking a survey of Australian managers, professional practitioners and academics involved with threatened species monitoring to better understand the value, monitoring framework and decisions, challenges and key elements of effective threatened species monitoring in Australia. We are targeting professional practitioners from across Australia, representing all relevant federal, state and territory agencies, NGOs and other relevant institutions. Our intention is to get a representation across different organisations and different taxa, landscape and management levels.
If you are working as a researcher, manager or practitioner in a monitoring program for one or more threatened species, we would like to invite you to take part in the survey. Please note, our target audience does not include volunteers involved with threatened species monitoring. Completion of the survey should take 15-20 minutes of your time.
Information gathered in this questionnaire will be summarized into a scientific manuscript and a chapter in an edited book, and used to inform threatened species monitoring policy and practice. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. If you complete the survey you agree to having your responses used in our research, including in publications and reports. The survey opens 10th October and closes 7th November 2016.
More information on the project can be found here
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.