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    Around the traps in the Kimberley
    Larissa Potter & Joe Porter | 24/06/2021

    Across the vast savanna woodlands and rugged gorges of the Kimberley, a bumper La Niña wet season has spurred an explosion of plant and animal life. Fresh from the latest round of wildlife surveys at Charnley River-Artesian Range Wildlife Sanctuary, field ecologists Joe Porter and Larissa Potter will dial in to tell us about some of highlights from around the traps this year, including a new record of one of Australia’s rarest reptiles.

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    Scaling up conservation
    CEO Tim Allard | 17/06/2021

    Despite the incredible challenges of the past year and a half, AWC has maintained a steadfast commitment to our conservation work. Chief Executive Tim Allard will discuss how we’ve delivered big wins across our key programs – fire management, feral animal control, wildlife reintroductions, and science – and how we’re scaling up in all of these areas. Recognising that this is a time to pull together to conserve the natural world, we’re strengthening our partnerships and collaborations and forging new relationships that have the potential to transform conservation in Australia.

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    Genetics for conservation
    Dr Jenny Pierson | 10/06/2021

    AWC manages populations of some of Australia’s rarest species; both in wild, unfenced landscapes and in our network of fenced safe havens. Dr Jennifer Pierson conducts the genetic analysis that underpins AWC’s rewilding programs around the country. In this conversation, she will explain how understanding population genetics is a critical part of the science behind rebuilding healthy and resilient wildlife populations of species like Bilbies, Woylies, and Red-tailed Phascogales.

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    Reintroductions beyond the fence
    Raquel Parker | 27/05/2021

    For three decades, AWC has been working to rebuild populations of threatened and locally extinct mammal species within a national network of large-scale, feral predator-free fenced areas. Outside of these safe havens, pioneering research into cat and fox ecology has given us new tools for monitoring and managing these species. The next step is a bold reintroduction of two species outside of the fence at Mt Gibson, an operation which has kicked off this month.

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    Monitoring Northern Bettongs
    Dr Manuela Fischer & Johnny Murison | 20/05/2021

    AWC ecologists are working with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Traditional Owners to monitor the last remaining populations of Northern Bettongs in the wild, gathering data which will be critical for the success of a planned translocation and the ongoing conservation of one of Australia’s most endangered mammals.

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    Kimberley burning program
    Strath Barton | 13/05/2021

    Strath Barton is coordinating AWC’s massive prescribed burning program across more than 6 million hectares in the Kimberley. After a bumper wet season, burning is well underway. Strath will give us a live update from Charnley River-Artesian Range Wildlife Sanctuary.

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    Kimberley Wildlife Discoveries
    Dr Karen Young | 05/11/2020

    In the remote Kimberley of north-western Australia, AWC works across an area as big as Denmark, including AWC sanctuaries and partnership projects. Our team of ecologists has carried out wide-ranging wildlife surveys and made some exciting discoveries in 2020. Wildlife Ecologist Karen Young shares some of this year’s highlights.

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    Chief Operations Officer
    James Hewitt | 29/10/2020

    As AWC’s Chief Operations Officer, James Hewitt oversees our hard-working operations and land management teams right across Australia. We’ll discuss how new partnerships mean the AWC model is now being applied across 6.5 million hectares. It’s conservation on a grand scale!

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    Scotia Wildlife Sanctuary
    Tali Moyle & Hamish Longbottom | 22/10/2020

    After several years of drought in western NSW, Scotia Wildlife Sanctuary has finally received some rain in recent months, which has triggered a flurry of wildflowers and birdlife. Wildlife Ecologist Tali Moyle and Sanctuary Manager Hamish Longbottom gave an update from the sanctuary, which is the site of one of AWC’s longest running mammal reintroduction projects.

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    Monitoring plants and vegetation
    Jeanette Kemp | 15/10/2020

    AWC Wildlife Ecologist Jeanette Kemp is a botanist leading our national effort to catalogue and monitor the huge diversity of plants and vegetation communities that are protected at AWC sanctuaries and partnership projects.

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    Northern Bettong Reintroduction Project
    Felicity L’Hotellier | 17/09/2020

    AWC has committed to return the endangered Northern Bettong to the tall eucalypt forests of Mt Zero-Taravale Wildlife Sanctuary in North Queensland. Felicity L’Hotellier is AWC’s Senior Field Ecologist on-site, where this important project is taking shape.

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    A global perspective on biodiversity
    Professor Thomas Lovejoy | 10/09/2020

    Professor Thomas Lovejoy is one of the world’s most distinguished conservation biologists and a founding member of AWC’s Science Advisory Network. He has worked in the Amazon for over five decades, and popularised the term ‘biological diversity’. Lovejoy is a long-standing part of the AWC family and has visited sanctuaries in the Kimberley, the Top End, Cape York, Central Australia and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

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    Conservation in Australia
    Professor John Woinarski | 03/09/2020

    Professor John Woinarski is one of Australia’s pre-eminent conservation biologists, with a career spanning four decades in biodiversity research, policy and management. He co-authored the Action Plan for Australian Mammals which guides much of AWC’s work with threatened mammal species. John joined AWC’s Board of Directors in 2020.

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    The Pilliga Project
    Wayne Sparrow & Dr Greg Holland | 27/08/2020

    Representing a landmark collaboration between AWC and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (as part of the NSW Government’s Saving Our Species program), AWC’s work in the Pilliga helps protect a vital piece of habitat for Australia’s threatened species. Already a refuge for a suite of wildlife, the Pilliga project area is now the site of an ambitious reintroduction program of at least six locally extinct mammals. Operations Manager Wayne Sparrow and Acting Regional Ecologist Dr Greg Holland provide an update on the Pilliga Project.

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    A visit to Scotia Wildlife Sanctuary
    Wendy Harmer | 13/08/2020

    Wendy Harmer is a journalist, comedian, author, producer, and co-host of ABC Radio Sydney’s breakfast program. She joins us to talk about her recent road-trip through outback New South Wales, including a visit to AWC’s Scotia Wildlife Sanctuary.

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    Bullo River Station
    Julian Burt & Dr Eridani Mulder | 06/08/2020

    AWC’s ground-breaking partnership at Bullo River Station is delivering conservation benefits alongside a commercial cattle operation. We hear from owner, Julian Burt, and get an update from AWC Wildlife Ecologist Dr Eridani Mulder who is on the ground conducting surveys there.

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    North Head Mammal Reintroductions
    Dr Viyanna Leo, Wildlife Ecologist | 30/07/2020

    AWC has been working at North Head Sanctuary in Sydney since 2009. Viyanna discusses the important Banksia scrub ecosystem protected on the headland, and the three species of small mammals that AWC has reintroduced to the site.

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    Inspiring the next generation of conservationists
    Helen Crisp, Senior Field Ecologist | 23/07/2020

    Senior Field Ecologist Helen Crisp is based at Yookamurra Wildlife Sanctuary in South Australia’s Murraylands region. Helen leads the science program at Yookamurra, including looking after important reintroduced populations of Numbats, Bettongs, and Bilbies. She also runs a dedicated wildlife education program which is inspiring the next generation of young conservationists. Helen also shares how during COVID isolation she’s using satellite imagery to monitor the local population of Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats.

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    Reintroducing missing mammals to Mallee Cliffs National Park
    Dr Laurence Berry, Wildlife Ecologist | 25/06/2020

    Under our partnership with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, AWC is returning a suite of locally extinct mammals to the mallee country in far south-western NSW. Wildlife Ecologist Dr Laurence Berry provides an update on the Bilbies released there in 2019 and plans for further reintroductions.

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    A new model for conservation
    Tim Allard, Chief Executive | 18/06/2020

    Tim Allard is AWC’s Chief Executive and joins us to discuss AWC’s approach to conservation, celebrate some of our recent success stories, and outline our strategy for the future.

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    AWC’s Feral Predator Ecology Research Project
    Dr Andrew Carter, Wildlife Ecologist | 11/06/2020

    AWC leads Australia’s most extensive research into the ecology of feral cats and foxes. Wildlife Ecologist Dr Andrew Carter has led the most recent phase of this research, which has produced a new tool for reliably measuring the population density of cats and foxes in open landscapes.

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    AWC’s Science Program and the new Threatened Species Index
    Dr John Kanowski and Dr Liana Joseph | 04/06/2020

    AWC Chief Scientist John Kanowski joins us to discuss the central role of science in AWC’s conservation model, including Australia’s largest field ecology program which employs over 60 full-time ecologists. We also hear from AWC National Science Manager Dr Liana Joseph about AWC’s contribution to the new National Threatened Species Index for Mammals.

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    Tracking down the Red Goshawk
    Dr Richard Seaton, Senior Ecologist | 28/05/2020

    Richard Seaton is a Senior Ecologist who led AWC’s science program in the north-east region for over three years. He has a lifelong passion for birds of prey, and recently authored a book on their identification. Richard joins us to discuss his work and an important research project into one of Australia’s rarest birds of prey, the Red Goshawk.

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    Wildlife Reintroductions
    Chantelle Jackson, Wildlife Ecologist | 21/05/2020

    AWC Wildlife Ecologist, Chantelle Jackson, has spent much of her career working with wildlife in inland Australia, and more recently on AWC sanctuaries in the southwest of Western Australia, including Mt Gibson, Karakamia, Paruna, and Faure Island. Chantelle is now organising an ambitious wildlife translocation, the next step in restoring Central Australia’s biodiversity at Newhaven.

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    Isolation on Cape York
    Sally Gray & Graham Woods, Piccaninny Plains Wildlife Sanctuary  | 14/05/2020

    Sally Gray & Graham Woods have managed AWC’s Piccaninny Plains Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape York Peninsula for eight years. During the wet season, they are frequently cut off from the rest of the world for months at a time. They join us to discuss the recent wet season and to offer some wisdom for dealing with social isolation.

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    Kimberley Fire Program
    Toby Barton, Regional Fire Coordinator  | 07/05/2020

    Toby Barton is coordinating AWC’s massive prescribed burning program in the Kimberley, working with a team from our remote base at Charnley River-Artesian Range Wildlife Sanctuary to implement thousands of kilometres of aerial burns, despite the challenges imposed by the current travel restrictions.

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    Saving Koalas in the Blue Mountains
    Andrew Howe, Senior Field Ecologist  | 30/04/2020

    As fires encroached on the Blue Mountains in NSW, a local conservation group acted quickly to rescue an isolated population of Koalas. When the Koalas were ready to be released, AWC ecologist Andy Howe was on-site to help out.

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    Bushfire Recovery Projects
    Dr Eridani Mulder, Senior Wildlife Ecologist | 23/04/2020

    Dr Eridani Mulder coordinated the involvement of AWC ecologists in several bushfire recovery projects, including the deployment of strike teams to conduct rapid ecological assessments in northern NSW and on Kangaroo Island.

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