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About Biodiversity Conservation Blog

I am an Associate Professor at The Australian National University and convene a (very awesome) course called Biodiversity Conservation. Myself and students in the course contribute to this blog.

Horehound Hunters: Weeding out invasive species at Mt Majura

By u6051787 A Brief History Mt Majura is a towering feature of Canberra, with its scenic hikes, stunning views, and abundant biodiversity. It’s hard to miss as it stands 890 metres above sea level, making it Canberra’s highest peak. However, … Continue reading

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What can we bring to birds while urban developing?

Introduction and Background written by Jiacheng Yong (u6248417) Due to various reasons, such as immigration, comfortable living environment, the population in Canberra has experienced a rapid increase. This trend drives local government to develop brand new residential areas vigorously to … Continue reading

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Volunteer tree planting in Googong

Planting trees with the local community In the first weekend of October, I was privileged to participate in a volunteering event organised by the Conservation Volunteers and Forestry Corporation in the newly developed suburb of Googong. The primary goal of … Continue reading

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Studying the Flatback Turtles of Bare Sand Island – 2019

Written by: C. McGregor (u6079560) In July of 2019 I had the privilege of spending a week on Bare Sand Island (BSI), volunteering with AusTurtle, observing the nesting female and hatching juvenile Flatback Turtles (Natator depressus).  Background BSI is a … Continue reading

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Hollow Hunting for a Superb Future

By u5825765 In recent years, Canberra’s rapid population growth has driven the development of new residential areas en masse. Burgeoning suburbs, such as Throsby, allegedly hold the key to accommodating such future growth. However, to the contrary of its boasted … Continue reading

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What environmental conditions do striped legless lizards prefer?

The striped legless lizard (Delma impar) is a vulnerable species in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. In the ACT, these lizards are usually found in the following areas: Gungahlin/Belconnen, Majura Valley, … Continue reading

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Finding Striped Legless Lizards in a Threatened Ecosystem

Since European settlement, over 99% of Natural Temperate Grassland in Australia has been destroyed or significantly altered, making it one of Australia’s most threatened ecosystems. Natural grasslands in the ACT provide essential habitat for a wide variety of invertebrates, reptiles, … Continue reading

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