Monthly Archives: October 2016

Conservation Management in the ACT – ParkCare and Nature Reserves

  During countless hours spent studying at the university library, I’d wondered what it would be like to work outdoors again, as I stare out at the sunny early-October day.  I remembered an old Banjo Patterson poem – Clancy of … Continue reading

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The Superb Parrot and its future in an urban Canberra

The Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii) is a beautiful inland parrot that is considered to be vulnerable to extinction in the wild by both state and federal governments. It is found in two states (New South Wales and Victoria) and the … Continue reading

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Monitoring Tree Growth in the Scottsdale Reserve – A potential African Love Grass management program.

Monitoring Tree Growth in the Scottsdale Reserve – A potential African Lovegrass management program.   Scottsdale Reserve is located 4km North of Bredbo in NSW and is a 1328 Ha Nature Reserve owned in partnership by Greening Australia and Bush … Continue reading

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Crossing the Fence: Turtle Patrol at Mulligans Flat

We swing through the first gate, and meander up through grassy woodland to the main fence, waving to the kangaroos as we pass. We enter the sanctuary through the sturdy metal door, making sure that it’s shut tightly behind us, … Continue reading

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The Empty Forest: When birds are illegally traded in the market

Figure 1 An Oriental Bay Owl (Phodius badilus) for sale at Malang Bird Market (Photo credit:TRAFFIC) Have you ever been to Indonesia? Please zoom in to Java Island. Keep zooming into the eastern part of Java, and you will find … Continue reading

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Enhancing the conservation of glow-worms

Glow-worms and its distribution in Australia Glow-worms (Arachnocampa tasmaniensis) are the spectacular underground sight. Thousands of them all cluster on ceilings and walls—a myriad of bright blue lights resembling stars in the night sky. They are only found in Australia … Continue reading

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Prevention is best: a comment on land clearing in Australia

Land clearing and biodiversity Habitat loss is the primary threat to biodiversity in Australia (Fig. 1; SoE Report, 2011). Every year Australia spends millions of dollars addressing the impacts of land clearing on biodiversity and threatened species. Yet land clearing … Continue reading

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A Real life experience from India: Walking behind the majestic tiger

Written by:Krithish Haldorai(U5914902) With around 3900 tigers (Panthera tigris) worldwide nearly 70% of the World’s tigers reside in India. The tiger population has increased by 30 % alone in the Indian Subcontinent. One of the most beautiful beasts in nature … Continue reading

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Volunteering for Frogwatch was an Unfrogettable Experience

Figure 1. A frog doing what it excels best in: Being cute Frogs are super cute and harmless to humans (Fig 1.), but globally, they are in serious decline due to threats like pollution, introduced fish species, loss of frog … Continue reading

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Things are heating up: invasive grassy weeds and climate change in Canberra

What is a weed? As described in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Weeds Strategy, a weed is ‘considered to be a terrestrial or aquatic species of non-native or native plant that is harmful to the natural environment (ecosystems/biodiversity), agriculture and … Continue reading

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