Without adequate monitoring, it is impossible for us to know what is happening with our threatened species, whether any are at growing risk, or what actions
to take. Project 3.2 aims at designing better monitoring strategies for threatened species and improving how monitoring is implemented.
Researchers from Project 3.2 are currently undertaking a survey of Australian managers, professional practitioners and academics involved with threatened species monitoring to better understand the value, monitoring framework and decisions, challenges and key elements of effective threatened species monitoring in Australia. We are targeting professional practitioners from across Australia, representing all relevant federal, state and territory agencies, NGOs and other relevant institutions. Our intention is to get a representation across different organisations and different taxa, landscape and management levels.
If you are working as a researcher, manager or practitioner in a monitoring program for one or more threatened species, we would like to invite you to take part in the survey. Please note, our target audience does not include volunteers involved with threatened species monitoring. Completion of the survey should take 15-20 minutes of your time.
Information gathered in this questionnaire will be summarized into a scientific manuscript and a chapter in an edited book, and used to inform threatened species monitoring policy and practice. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. If you complete the survey you agree to having your responses used in our research, including in publications and reports. The survey opens 10th October and closes 7th November 2016.
More information on the project can be found here
Professor John Woinarski of Charles Darwin University discusses the importance of averting extinctions of less charismatic animals.
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Cultural fire management is the way that Indigenous people have used fire to care for Country for thousands of years, and it continues today. The devastation wreaked by the 2019–20 bushfires across millions of hectares was a wake-up call for Australia and the world. Oliver Costello from the Firesticks Alliance explains how the fires demonstrated the need to listen to and care for Country.
Australia has one of the highest rates of plant endemism of any country globally. After the catastrophic fire season of 2019–20, Dr Rachael Gallagher and Professor David Keith are leading two teams to find out which species and ecological communities are most in need of immediate recovery.
The 2019–20 bushfires burnt over 12 million hectares of south-eastern and south-western Australia, causing abrupt losses of biodiversity at a scale never seen before. Over a billion animals were estimated to have died, but the figure is likely much higher. The Australian Government’s Wildlife and Threatened Species Bushfire Recovery Expert Panel is guiding the work of prioritising species and ecological communities for emergency interventions and determining what those actions should be. Hub Deputy Director and Expert Panel member Professor Sarah Legge takes us though the hows and whys of this prioritisation, and some of its challenges.