Quolls are carnivorous marsupials (genus Dasyurus) with four species found in Australia and two in New Guinea.
The arrival of spring is not the only reason to celebrate in September, it’s also national biodiversity month.
It provides a chance to celebrate Australia’s magnificent flora, fauna and landscapes; and to promote the conservation of our unique native wildlife.
To wrap up NBM 2011, I thought we’d reflect a bit on what “biodiversity” means in Australia.
This week Adam Kerezsy, an aquatic ecologist with Bush Heritage Australia, gives us a run down on what makes his research so unique…
At Edgbaston, a property owned by the not-for-profit conservation company Bush Heritage Australia, the ancient water from the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) seeps to the surface and then resides in a series of extremely unique springs.
Our guest contributor Ben continues his story from last week…
We had now spent months observing and monitoring these juvenile Banded Stilts as they grew from eggs to nearly-fledged birds in one of the harshest environments on earth. The newest generation was finally old enough to be banded.
By our guest contributor Ben…
As a resident of central Australia I’ve witnessed the country burst to life. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to become involved as a volunteer in the discovery, documentation and eventual banding of a breeding colony of Banded Stilts (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) at Lake Torrens.
Sweeping flourishes of green from renewed growth, splashes of brown, yellow and red where flood waters have washed away the dust and revealed new, fresh earth – and potholes the size of 44 gallon drums! And, of course, the wildlife has gone nuts!
The first scientifically described Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis) was shot in what is now Agnes Water in May 1770. Captain Cook recorded in his journal “it turned out an excellent bird, far the best…that we have eat since we left England” [sic]. A culinary, if not cultural echo of Aboriginal Australians who have valued the Bustard as food for millennia.
A group of herpetological enthusiasts have been scouring the sand dunes of arid SA looking for, quite possibly the cutest creature to grace our continent. Let me introduce you to the Pernatty Knob-tailed Gecko (Nephrurus deleani).
For one week each February a gang of ecologists and volunteers head for the desert of northern SA to conduct Arid Recovery’s annual trapping. I had a chat to Helen, AR’s resident ecologist and got the wrap-up from this year’s event. But first a little background…