Across northern Australia quolls have been severely impacted by cane toads and feral cats. The Pilbara is an important region for Northern Quolls, as it is still cane toad free. A large scale feral cat baiting program is being undertaken by the WA Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) in partnership with Rio Tinto.
The TSR hub is undertaking research on some of the ways that Northern Quolls are responding to the program and also ways that cat baiting could be optimised, both in the Pilbara and in other regions to benefit threatened and other native species. The work is being undertaken through a PhD project by Billy Ross from Charles Darwin University.
Read more about the research here.
Top Image: Northern Quoll. Photo: Nicolas Rakotopare
Conservation managers considering the implementation of nest boxes programs need to give careful consideration to design, colour, placement and shade profile of nest boxes.
The vast brigalow forest that extended from northern New South Wales to southern Queensland has been cleared in the space of 60 years and it seems that many species have become threatened as a result. Rod Fensham and co-workers have identified the plant species that are likely to have become threatened and many of these species were not previously recognised as imperilled.
Monitoring is fundamental to good policy and effective conservation management. Data derived from monitoring underpin the process for listing of species as threatened, which is a precursor to recognition in policy.
TSR Hub researcher David Lindenmayer and colleagues embarked on a four-year case study examining the impacts of a biodiversity offset which established nest boxes to compensate for the losses of natural tree hollows caused by the widening of sections of the Hume Highway (the road linking Sydney and Melbourne).
In recent months you may have noticed some energetic public debate about what is the biggest threat to threatened species in Australia. Is it feral cats and foxes or is it the clearing and degradation of native vegetation?