There’s a saying in ecology that given enough time all ecological research turns to poo (actually the saying involves stronger language that isn’t suitable for a G rated blog such as mine)! And yes, the saying is disturbingly accurate.
Continue reading Passing the hat around for Pygmy Hippos
A number of times in the last few months I’ve heard talk of quokkas come up in the media. First it was due to them being named the happiest animal on earth, although for the life of me I cannot find by who this was determined or what thoroughly rigorous methods they used.
Continue reading Quokkas: please stop saying they’re only found on Rottnest Island
Its now just over a month since a bushfire burnt through most of the Woodland Reserve at Whiteman Park and as I did promise an update and now have something to report here it is…
Continue reading Whiteman Park Bushfire Update: Looks like everyone’s been paying attention in fire drills.
My research into the factors affecting the use of underpasses by native fauna has finally been peer reviewed and revised and revised again and is now published. The paper, imaginatively titled, ‘Factors affecting the use of fauna underpasses by bandicoots and bobtail lizards’ was published online in the journal Animal Conservation today and you can get it here. Continue reading Paper: Factors affecting underpass use by bandicoots and bobtails
I came across this article on the ABC news website this morning. Some awesome photos of two Gould’s sand monitors fighting thanks to Chris Watson. The article claims that is was over females, and given the winner got himself a girlfriend that would appear to be right on the money.
Continue reading Some goanna wrestling to start the week
I know those two things might seem to be completely unrelated, but a recently published paper by Eugina Bragina and colleagues shows that the collapse of the Soviet Union had a dramatic impact of the conservation of large mammals in the former USSR.
Continue reading Wildife conservation and the collapse of the Soviet Union
Back in the 1990s when the tammar wallaby and the woylie were removed from the threatened species list as a result of the success of operation Western Shield, there was a lot of arm waving and back patting from the then Department of Conservation and Land Management and justifiably so. This was the first time that any species world wide had been delisted as a result of conservation actions. Since then the news for the listing of threatened fauna in Western Australia has been on the whole far less positive. Continue reading One small step in listing, one giant leap towards extinction