Volunteer bird surveys in Canberra – Silver Gulls, Superb Parrots and CSIRO Tree watching

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By , December 12, 2012 1:53 pm
AWS staff member, Jenny Smits, has been running around Canberra undertaking various volunteer surveys for the Canberra Ornithological Group and the CSIRO. Surveys include targeted surveys for superb parrots within areas touted to become new suburbs in Canberra's north, and landscape connectivity surveys where the role of paddock trees are being assessed in the movement of birds across the landscape. Jenny Smits was also able to help Chris Davey assess the breeding Silver Gull population on Spiniker Island, Lake Burley Griffin, on 14 December. P1040120 P1020708 P1020675 P1020683 P1020684

Annual Reptile Trapping Event, Angas Downs IPA, November 2012

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By , December 12, 2012 1:29 pm
  Strophurus elderi Jewelled geckoAustralian Wildlife Services and the Angas Downs IPA Rangers battled the 41 - 45 degree heat this November 2012 to undertake the annual reptile and small mammal surveys. Pitfall and funnel traps were used along 25 m fence lines, as well as active searches. 40-41 reptile species were recorded over a week and a half. No small mammals were captured, indicating a significant crash in populations after the recent boom. The surveys allow yearly monitoring of small mammal and reptile species on Angas Downs. So far, each trapping event has found additional species for Angas Downs' reptile checklists. New species this year included Stimson's Python,  Jeweled Gecko, Burton Legless Lizard and a Woma (unconfirmed - black and white remote camera). See the photos for a taste.

Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia

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By , December 11, 2012 4:03 pm
A/Prof George Wilson from Australian Wildlife Services and also representing the Australian National University, presented a case study at the recent 2012 Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia in Melbourne, 3-7 December 2012. The presentation was entitled 'Western Science in Support of Indigenous Objectives - a case study'. This conference is the pre-eminent conference on ecology in Australia, bringing together ecologists from academic, government and non-government backgrounds. ESA 2012 provides a valuable forum for researcher, land managers and policy makers to share advances in ecology and their implications for understanding our biosphere. The broad objective of the conference was: Ecology: Fundamental Science of the Biosphere.  

Australasian Wildlife Management Society 25th Annual Conference

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By , December 11, 2012 3:30 pm

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A/Professor George Wilson attended the 25th Annual Conference of the Australian Wildlife Management Society (AWMS) in Adelaide 27-29 November 2012. The program covered a wide range of topics, focusing on wildlife management and water, and arid wildlife management in a boom and bust system.

Conservation in a Crowded World: Case studies from the Asia-Pacific

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By , December 11, 2012 3:18 pm
George Wilson and Jennifer Smits have authored a chapter in the recently published book: 'Conservation in a Crowded World: Case studies from the Asia-Pacific'. The chapter is entitled

Indigenous land use and conservation in the Anangu lands of central Australia (Chapter 6)

9781742233451 In an increasingly crowded world reconciling environmental ‘conservation’ with the ‘sustainable use’ of natural resources is now our greatest challenge. Nature conservation has traditionally focused on protecting iconic and important areas of biodiversity from human exploitation through the establishment of National Parks and World Heritage Areas. While this is essential, a narrow focus on protected area conservation risks overlooking local needs in areas where people and natural systems must co-exist. This book addresses some key questions for the sustainable use of natural environments: What should be conserved and who decides? Is ‘use’ compatible with conservation, and under what circumstances? Are trade-offs between conservation and development necessary? How do we find those elusive ‘win-win’ solutions? The Chapter 6 examines aspects of, and obstacles to, Indigenous wildlife management in Australia, focused on management by the Anangu people in central Australia. Reviews: ‘This book covers an extraordinary range of issues in a way that is both compelling and readable. Can there be a more important topic?’ – Robyn Williams, ABC Science Unit.