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John Henry Young
John Henry Young
Senior Ecologist
Special skills / qualifications
50+ years in the field working on birds and butterflies.
I have personally found the breeding biology of more than 600 Australian bird species out of the 630+ that breed on the mainland, and worked on 380+ Butterfly species out of our 418+ species. I have found the life histories of many of them. My interest includes mammals and plants also.
What did you do before AWC?
Wildlife Consultant for Johnyoungwildlife.com and Wildlife Film Maker for International Television and within Australia for more than 25 years. My greatest achievement being the discovery of the Night Parrot on May 26th 2013 after a 15 year search in which the Night Parrot had not been seen alive since 1912.
Favourite animal protected by AWC
Being new to it all my favourite will be without doubt the Night Parrot.
Favourite place on an AWC sanctuary
All is new to me but, working on Brooklyn now with the success I have had with one of the rarest quails in the world, the Buff Breasted Button Quail is just one.
Top three animals you would like to see (or have seen) in the wild
Night Parrot.
Red Goshawk.
Apaturina erminia (Turquoise Empera Butterfly).
I have seen and worked with all three.
If you could visit any three places on the planet
I am a supporter of our own native wildlife and therefore the rest of the world does not hold the passion for me as our native Australia does. Australian Wildlife Conservancy, for me is my chance to support our native wildlife with whatever observations and power I have.
Other interesting stuff
I have worked in Television as a camera man and consultant for numerous networks including the BBC. I have supported people like Dr David Hollands with 5 books on birds, the most recognized is “Birds of the Australian Night”, which is the only account of photographing all 9 species at the nest.
My passion with wildlife and what makes it tick keeps me driven. The more I learn, the more I realise how insignificant my knowledge is. As one door opens another, I will never stop learning or sharing with others for the betterment of conservation.