Home again, back again

I’m writing this from the relative safety of my desk back at UNSW, although preparing to head back to the field next week. The five weeks of this field trip involved an enormous effort from volunteers, students and everyone I asked for help along the way, and I am forever grateful for not only the places I get to work in but more importantly the people I get to work with.

In the last five weeks we have setup five large experimental sites for vegetation monitoring and collection of seed predation data at over 100 sites in Scotia and Arid Recovery. My volunteers also moonlighted helping out Lisa Steindler with her bilby research, catching more than 20 bilbies for her study and loving every minute of it. In our spare time we also managed to help out Arid Recovery with their community engagement program (see previous post). We worked in extreme temperatures and extreme environments and came out on top. I head out to Arid Recovery again on Monday to knock out five more experimental fences, so fingers crossed for no rain! We worked in extreme temperatures and extreme environments and came out on top.

On this trip I also had a practice run with one of the new drones the Centre for Ecosystem Science has – the photo above (showing an industrious team and beautiful fence) was taken with one of these. They’re incredible tools and I’m excited to see what else I’ll be able to do with them.

Finally, I would like to thank the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and Arid Recovery Reserve for giving me the opportunity to conduct research on their properties. These groups are both not-for-profits who strive to give Australian wildlife a fighting chance against cats, foxes and the multitude of other threats facing them. 

Shrub Encroachment as a Legacy of Native Mammal Decline
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