AWC in Conversation

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Thursday 27 August 11.30am - 12.15pm (AEST)An update from the Pilliga

Wayne Sparrow & Dr Greg Holland

AWC’s groundbreaking project in the Pilliga establishes a new model for collaboration between public and private (not-for-profit) conservation. Under our partnership with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Pilliga project has seen the construction of a 5,800-hectare feral predator-free fenced area, and initial reintroductions of two threatened mammal species, with more species slated to return in coming years.

Thursday 3 September 11.30am - 12.15pm (AEST)Conservation in Australia

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. 

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.

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.

North Head Mammal Reintroductions
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.

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.


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.