Don’t forget the weather

The superb fairy-wren feeds on insects and small grubs, and will often appear in small groups in gardens with dense, low, native shrub cover. (Image by Geoff Park)

Grow your own

Wildlife gardening for public–private biodiversity conservation   Key messages: Five features help collaborative wildlife gardening programs engage residents to manage their land to achieve landscape-focused conservation goals: on-site garden assessment indigenous community nursery communication hubs a framework that fosters experiential learning and community linkages endorsement of each garden’s potential conservation contribution Involving communities in appreciating […]

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A silvereye amidst the (lantana) thorns. (Photo by Jasmine Zeleny)

To weed or not to weed…

 Impacts of reveg and weed control on urban-sensitive birds Key messages: Birds with varying sensitivities to urban areas interact with habitat restoration differently Reveg provides the greatest benefit for urban-sensitive species, and weed control provides neutral or in some cases negative outcomes Weed control should be implemented in concert with replanting of native vegetation to […]

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A Macaroni penguin with attached tracking device. (Image by A Sheffer)

Tracking seabirds for conservation

Seabirds are arguably the most threatened group of birds on the planet and conservation scientists all around the planet are working to understand how we can better protect this group of animals. Many studies involve tracking the movements of these highly mobile birds using a suite of tracking technology (telemetry). CEED recently joined forces with […]

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Migratory birds lack protection

CEED scientists have called for a greater international collaborative effort to save the world’s migratory birds, many of which are at risk of extinction due to loss of habitat along their flight paths. More than 90% of the world’s migratory birds are inadequately protected due to poorly coordinated conservation around the world. The research found […]

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Which birds are ‘woodland birds’? It depends on who
you ask. These are black-faced woodswallows, classified as a woodland bird in 37.5% of lists. (Photo by Eric  Vanderuys)

What’s in a name?

The consequences of inconsistently classifying woodland birds (and other terms) Key messages woodland birds are inconsistently classified this inconsistency has a significant impact on research involving woodland birds inconsistencies in other areas of conservation science are likely having similar impact Woodland birds are bird species which depend on native woodlands. They are sometimes called woodland-dependent […]

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The Global Big Day

Saturday, 9 May 2015 was the date of eBird’s inaugural Global Big Day, where citizen-science birders working with eBird (and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology which founded eBird) attempted to observe and record as many bird species as possible in a single day, while raising $500,000 for global bird conservation. And, guess what, over 4,000 […]

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Burning questions for black cockatoos

The gregarious Carnaby’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) are such a common sight in Perth that it is easy to forget they are endangered, and that the urban and agricultural expansion of south-western Australia has removed the bulk of their habitat. How we manage their remaining habitat will have important consequences for the species’ survival.

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See how decision science boosts conservation management

Citizen science and the value of protected areas

A bird on the list is worth how many in the bush? Protected areas underpin many global conservation efforts, but do they work? Despite significant investment in protected area networks, it is often unclear whether national parks and other protected areas are effective in maintaining their biodiversity values. Long-term monitoring data are critical for determining […]

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What’s the point? Give me a home among the gum trees!

Pictured below is an eastern yellow robin building its nest in a gum tree using thin strips of red stringybark. The nest also contains flakes of box gum, yellow box and long-leaf box delicately woven into the rim, or stitched to form a hanging skirt around the side of the nest. A beautiful bird building a work of art high in the bough of Australia’s iconic tree species. Climate change promises to have profound impacts on the distribution of gum trees right across Australia. And, of course (and as this image graphically demonstrates), those impacts will have consequences for the broud suite of organisms that depend on these trees. See the story on the climate change impacts on gum trees in Decision Point #72.

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A frog of the Mexican cloud forest. Climate change and land conversion
may mean its days are numbered. (Photo by Omar Ordoñez)

Staying alive in a shrinking cloud forest

Thanks to climate change and land conversion, Mexico’s famous cloud forests are shrinking. By 2080 it’s expected they may be a splinter of their former glory. The forests provide habitat for a disproportionate amount of the country’s biodiversity (see the box: ‘Head in the clouds’) but the impacts of forest loss will be felt differently by different species. Understanding these differences will be important when forming conservation plans. How, for example, will a local bird cope as opposed to a frog or a mouse?

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