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A straw shows which way the wind blows: Threatened biodiversity in Australian Capital Territory

Jiacheng He (U5931175) The Australian Capital Territory (ACT), where contains the Australian capital city of Canberra and other surrounding townships, is developed throughout the 20th century. During the development of the ACT region, original landscapes were largely modified (Finlayson, 2012). … Continue reading

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If you like it, then you should have kept the rings in it: Mature eucalypt tree loss will lead to decreased bird diversity in urban landscapes

By Caitlin Coward (u6051078). Word count: 500. My work experience involved examining the value of mature eucalypt trees for bird diversity in the Canberra region as part of long-term research under the guidance of Phillip Gibbons. Tall and proud: Importance … Continue reading

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Volunteering with researchers from around the world to conserve biodiversity

In the first week of semester I had the opportunity to accompany several researchers on a field trip to Narrabri, in north western New South Wales. This field trip was one component of a project involving the collaboration of researchers … Continue reading

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Tree watching (bird surveys)

Biodiversity and development are often seen at mutually exclusive terms, with one prevailing at the expense of the other. Can biodiversity be maintained within the bounds of urban development by prioritising conservation of important mature trees? How do we know … Continue reading

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A Hollow Future: Impacts of Urban Development on Canberra’s Bird Populations

By u6043246, Jarrod Ward What’s the Problem? The Project Field Experience Surveys took place early in the morning, checking multiple trees on each trip. For 20 minutes, all bird interaction with the surveyed tree was recorded. The direction they flew … Continue reading

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Removing Horehound weed with Friends of Mount Majura (FoMM)

As a part of my volunteer work experience I joined the Friends of Mount Majura (FoMM) volunteer team to assist with some essential conservation activities, one of which involving the removal of horehound (Marrubium vulgare), an invasive weed species that … Continue reading

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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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