Tag Archives: Biodiversity Conservation

Biodiversity Offsets: Canberra’s Ecological Prisons

Jake Adlam – u6078885 Biodiversity offsets were introduced to the ACT in the Planning and Development Act 2007, as a way of meeting environmental requirements established by the 1999 Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC). They have been growing … Continue reading

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Surveys – Frog calls

Why do we monitor frogs? Since 1970, freshwater species show a decline of 76% and frogs and other batrachians are among the most threatened ones. Frogs are important bio-indicators and are even considered a “bellwether species”. It means that they … Continue reading

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Protecting birds in the Bush Capital: the role of community-based activities to improve biodiversity conservation

An overview of Canberra’s bird diversity The “Bush Capital” is surrounded by grasslands, woodlands and wetlands that provide breeding and foraging habitats for many animal species. (Environment and Planning Directorate, 2014). However, these landscapes are under threat. Population growth and … Continue reading

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Greening Australia: working towards ‘Conservation without Borders’

My experience Over the past two months, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Greening Australia. Our outings to Scottsdale were cancelled as a result of the weather,  I ended up joining their weekly volunteer program which runs Wednesdays and Thursdays. Wednesdays: In the … Continue reading

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Humming incubators and climate-controlled cool rooms: the other side of conservation

The one process now going on that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us. … Continue reading

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Animal Movement through Box Gum Woodlands

Fiona Backhouse, u5175017 Field work, while hard, can be very rewarding, and a much more insightful way to learn about the local biodiversity than scrolling through the Atlas of Living Australia, or flicking through a book on Australian animals. I … Continue reading

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Developing Stepping-Stones to Connect the Inhabitants of Box-Gum Woodland Patches

Daniel F. Martinez-Escobar U5182783 Box-Gum Woodland once covered a large area of south-eastern Australia. It is home to various species of birds, lizards, frogs and invertebrates. However, since European settlement began, 92% of its area has been cleared for grazing … Continue reading

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