AWC in Conversation

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.