Monthly Archives: September 2018

Balancing Agriculture and Biodiversity in Rural Romania

Introduction Over the mid-year holiday, I spent two weeks as a research assistant in Transylvania, Romania. I was helping a team of researchers from a UK non-profit conservation organization called Operation Wallacea. Operation Wallacea has been working in the area … Continue reading

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Operation Hollow Guardian

Operation Hollow Guardian Mission summary In the early hours of 06 and 18 September 2018, we embarked on a reconnaissance mission led by Dr. Phillip Gibbons. Armed with enthusiasm and a watchful eye, we infiltrated the urban suburbs of Canberra … Continue reading

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The Dirty Truth about Recreational Use

Just after sunrise on Monday the 17th of November, myself and fellow student Nicholas Marin Correa headed out to ACT Parks and Conservation Service Stromlo depot for a day with the rangers. The journey out to the depot was quick, … Continue reading

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Reconnecting with nature at Tidbinbilla

Accompanying the wildlife rangers in their daily rounds struck me as a similar system to a commercial farm. I found myself performing familiar tasks such as when I’m helping out Dad on our sheep and crop farm in Inverleigh; feeding … Continue reading

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Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

During my work experience at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve I was exposed to a variety of areas from working with the wildlife team, rangers and other volunteers. To start the day, I assisted the wildlife team with their captive breeding … Continue reading

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How Can We Save the Regent Honeyeater?

By Jack Stodart The regent honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia) is a critically endangered bird endemic to eastern Australia. Over the last few decades, there has been a dramatic decline in the populations of the regent honeyeater. Two of the most significant … Continue reading

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Agriculture or Biodiversity Conservation: Do We Need To Choose?

As the world’s human population reaches 7.6 billion people[i], it is striking to consider the sheer magnitude of the agricultural practices that are required to keep up with feeding this expanding population. Increased land clearing to accommodate large-scale, commercial agriculture … Continue reading

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