30 results for tag: koala conservation


An Expert on the Blue Mountains Region – Meet Shane

As we launch into a new year of goals, projects and planning we are again reminded of just how important a role our Science for Wildlife volunteers play within our organisation. Many of our volunteers have grown up in the Blue Mountains area, spending their weekends exploring the national parks and walking trails, making their first-hand knowledge of the area invaluable during field surveys. Meet our volunteer Shane!

2020… Where do we begin?

There is no denying that 2020 has been a year marked by significant challenges for individuals and communities across Australia. We began the year in a time of crisis, colloquially known as the ‘Black Summer’, with bush fires impacting an estimated 18.6 million hectares of land. After a period of much needed rain in February, the catastrophic bushfires that tore through 75% to 100% of our mapped koala habitats, finally came to a halt. Unfortunately, our nation’s relief was short lived as the global COVID19 pandemic reached our shores. The social, emotional and economic impacts of COVID-19 were felt by everyone in our community. This, combined ...

From Deer and Snow Leopards to Koalas – Meet Fanny

Our volunteers bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Science for Wildlife team. For many, volunteering with our organisation is an extension of their chosen career path. The specialised skill sets and deep understanding of the field that these individuals bring has been invaluable to S4W research and field work projects. S4W volunteer Fanny Stricher is no exception, with a wealth of field experience in ecology and environmental conservation in both France and Australia. As a continuation of our volunteer article series and a gesture of thanks, this month we are recognising Fanny’s contributions to our organisation. Meet Fanny ...

Koala Genomics to Help Conserve Koalas across the Species Range

Recently, our news has been overtaken by the impact of the 2019/20 bushfires and now we want to share what else we have been working on this year. Since 2014, Science for Wildlife has been involved in collaborative work on koala genomics, using a technique that looks at whole-genome DNA to get more information than ever before from the genetic code. With this information, we aim to inform species management. Particularly since the bushfires, which had a devastating impact on koalas and their habitats, there is a need to actively manage koala populations with the aim of recovering their numbers. For that to be effective, it’s vital to have the ...

Meet Our Volunteer: Kath

With summer on the horizon and a wealth of field studies currently under way across fire zones in the Blue Mountains, never has it been more important to have a strong team of citizen science volunteers by our side. These individuals have been imperative to our ability to study our remaining koala populations and provide these animals with the resources and protection they need to survive. In celebration of our wonderful team and continuing on from last month’s article featuring our husband and wife duo James and Carley, this month we recognised the contributions of our much-loved volunteer and videographer Kath Davis. Meet Kath Featured: ...

Spring is here – listen to the dulcet tones of a koala bellow!

From September until March it is koala mating season. During this time, koalas are more conspicuous. Males are bellowing to attract mates and both males and females will travel kilometers to find their love interest for this season. All of this action makes it a great time to get an idea of where koalas are living. If you’re in an area where koalas might be around, keep an ear out for the amazing male bellow! You can listen to it here: The koala bellow is a bizarre sound, it is not what you’d expect from an apparently small, cute and fluffy mammal – but if you know koalas like we do, it does give a hint that their outer cuddly-looking ...

Meet our Volunteers: Jim & Carley

Our volunteers are paramount to the implementation of Science for Wildlife projects. Without them, many of our projects and initiatives would not be as effective and in some instances, not possible. Continuing on from last month’s article featuring our wonderful volunteer Julie, this month will be recognising the contributions of our husband and wife duo, Jim and Carley! Meet Jim and Carley Jim and Carley have been volunteers with Science for Wildlife for over two years. During this time they have trained in a number of fieldwork projects and played a critical role in the koala rescue efforts that occurred ahead of the catastrophic bushfire...

Meet Our Volunteer: Julie

Since our humble beginnings in 2014, Science for Wildlife has been actively studying Blue Mountains koalas and their habitats. This work tracking koala movements, discovering habitats, identifying suitable tree species for food and shelter, documenting mortality rates and the threats that koala populations face, would not be possible without the wonderful support of our volunteers. Our volunteers are paramount to the implementation of Science for Wildlife projects and without them, many of our projects and initiatives would not be as effective and in some instances, not possible. They also play a major role in sharing our discoveries with local ...

Koala release in the Royal National Park

Science for Wildlife is thrilled to share news of the release of another koala into the iconic Royal National Park! The koala (named Royal), was originally taken into care after it had been found by WIRES in a Kirrawee front yard, near the very busy Forest Road and a local dog park. After being rehabilitated and fitted with a radio tracking device, this koala will now take part in our ongoing study monitoring rehabilitated koalas who have been released back into the wild. The Koala Post-Rehabilitation Project, being undertaken by Science for Wildlife in partnership with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and WIRES, looks at whether koalas ...

Happy 1st Birthday to Groot!

Happy birthday to our youngest team member, Groot! Presently in training to be our next koala scat detection dog, this pup will be critical to future search and rescue efforts in bushfire and drought affected areas. As Groot has come to learn in his first year of life, there is much to learn about the koala scat dog profession. Lucky for him, his owner Dr Kellie Leigh is well equipped to teach him the tricks of the trade! Featured: Groot sitting in the bush (left), Groot showing off his weird sleeping habits (right) Wildlife detection dogs, like Groot and his older counterpart Smudge (who we introduced back in March, with his handler/owner Kim ...