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Bendigo Field Naturalists Club - nest box project

For the last 30 years (c. 1986-2016) the Bendigo Field Naturalists Club has been placing nest boxes throughout the bushland parks and reserves surrounding the City of Greater Bendigo. Nest boxes that target the Brush-tailed Phascogale have been installed to restore hollow availability in forest areas where past disturbance has caused coppice regrowth of small multi-stemmed trees that lack natural hollows. Boxes have been maintained and monitored by the club over this period.

2015-2016 Nest Box Survey

In 2015-2016 the Bendigo FNC undertook an audit of nest boxes placed in the forest since the 1990s (Figure 1).

Bendigo FNC nest box area

Figure 1 Bendigo FNC 2015-16 survey area.

The audit and survey was undertaken to better understand the relevance of nest boxes for phascogale conservation in local forests and more generally their use by other hollow dependent species.

The audit aimed to establish how many of the previously installed nest boxes were still in place, their physical condition and repair needs, evidence of use by different species, and to collect baseline data to assist in future management and best practice decisions for land managers and stakeholders.

Some of the findings from nest box audit:

  • Of the 332 sites where a nest box had been placed 19% of boxes were either missing or beyond repair. Of the boxes still on trees 27% needed some form of repair such as reattachment, replacing/repairing lids and/or patching chewed holes.
  • Approximately 16% of boxes had the entrances chewed to beyond the preferred phascogale entrance hole size of 45 mm diameter and this allowed other species to use the boxes.
  • Hanging nest boxes directly from a nail through a hole drilled into the back of the box was the most reliable method of attachment. Boxes nailed to a tree using a batten were found to have more often come loose.
  • Lids and metal hinges were found to be weak spots and were frequently found loose or damaged.
  • Boxes used by phascogales over consecutive seasons became full of compacted nesting material that hardened and filled the box. The decreasing volume of internal space was found to reduce their suitability for further use and highlights the need for ongoing regular maintenance (cleaning) of boxes after their placement.
  • Of the 237 nest boxes inspected 8% were empty. Evidence of Brush-tailed Phascogale was found in 51% of the boxes inspected. (Figure 2)

nest box usage  Bendigo FNC survey

Figure 2 Findings from 2015-16 Survey: Nest box usage by species in Bendigo Forests. Source: Bendigo FNC.

Current Nest Box Program 2017

The Bendigo Field Naturalists Club nest box management area currently covers approximately 1800 ha in the southern sections of the Greater Bendigo Regional Park and Greater Bendigo National Park (Fig 1).  There are a total of 290 functioning artificial hollows in the club’s program with another 100 to be installed during 2018. The new boxes have been funded by the City of Greater Bendigo and will be constructed by Community Services. These will be installed in collaboration with Parks Vic and DELWP.

Brush-tailed Phascogae

Brush-tailed Phascogale

October 2017 Survey:  Greater Bendigo Regional Park

The Bendigo FNC has closely monitored nest boxes in a 600 ha section of the Greater Bendigo Regional Park since the mid-nineties.  Consistent evidence of female nesting activity has been recorded in this area.

In October 2017, 140 nest boxes were inspected (Fig 3). Of these 38 active nests with fresh scats and nesting material of feathers, stringy bark and wool were found with nine boxes being occupied by groups of juvenile phascogales. These results and long term monitoring demonstrate the area’s significance for phascogale conservation.

Bendigo Field Naturalists Club nest box monitoring

Figure 3 Inspection camera used by Bendigo FNC to undertake monitoring.

Nest box design, installation and management:

Box volumes currently in use range from 8 to 16 litres. Entrance holes are placed on the side of the box nearest to trunk so the animal is less exposed to predators when entering or leaving.

Boxes are hung from a 6-inch nail placed into the tree on a 45-degree angle. Larger diameter trees are selected when available so that the box receives greater thermal buffering from extremes of temperatures experienced in the Bendigo region. Protection from overhead canopy and shading from adjacent trees is carefully considered to provide maximum protection from solar radiation in summer. Best practice tip: install boxes at the time of day when this can be most directly assessed.

Height for placement on trees is between 3-4 metres for practicality.  For best phascogale box placement a tree is selected that has branches or canopy that interconnect with adjacent trees. This allows phascogales to jump across when dispersing so the animal can avoid travelling on the ground in areas immediately surrounding the base of the tree with the box.

Where possible, at least two boxes are installed at each location.  The distance between boxes is no more than 5m. This provides adequate boxes for phascogales and sugar gliders otherwise gliders may prevent phascogales from using a box where only one is available. Best case scenario would be to place a cluster of four boxes enabling both winter and summer shelter that caters for changing sun angles/direction during winter and summer seasons and the extremes of seasonal temperature experienced in Bendigo.

It is important to note that although nest boxes play an valuable role in providing shelter in areas where forests have been modified they are not as good as real tree hollows which provide superior thermal protection from heat and cold. A study by Rowland et al 2017 found nest-box temperatures were strongly influenced by ambient temperatures and solar radiation whereas tree hollows buffered external temperature fluctuations.

Research Report

Outcomes of decades long installation of nest boxes for arboreal mammals in southern Australia.  By Ross L. Goldingay, Karen J. Thomas and Devi Shanty. pdf  ECOLOGICAL MANAGEMENT & RESTORATION VOL 19 NO 3 JULY 2018 doi: 10.1111/emr.12332

 

Current Trials:

  • Trials are in progress to determine temperature profiles in extreme temperatures >40C, <0C using various types of nest box materials and designs i.e. PVC pipe, foamed PVC boxes, wooden/ply boxes, natural log hollows.
  • To make boxes less attractive to bees the addition of raw wool as a starter nesting material is being tested. This will reduce the internal volume of boxes, which has been identified as a potential factor limiting bee survival after invasion of boxes. By limiting the available space it is hoped that bees will avoid selecting boxes as new hive sites. Wool also has excellent insulation properties and will not compact, so may also address the issue of boxes becoming unsuitable when overfilled with old compacted nesting material.
  • Investigation of materials with higher resistance to chewing and weathering is currently being trialled using a protective covering of bitumised metal damp coursing placed over the outside of box lids and hardwood templates over chewed entrances.

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Name those grasses (identifying grasses, sedges and rushes)
by Ian Clarke An extensively illustrated book explaining: The structure of Grasses and several similar groups The descriptive terminology The process of identification. Published November 2015 by: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne 3004. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria shop ...
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Pimelea spinescens Seed Collection Protocol 2013 2.1-.pdf
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Pimelea spinescens Seed Propagation Protocol July 2009
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Pimelea spinescens Translocation Protocol March 2013(F)

Pimelea spinescens Translocation Protocol March 2013(F)  provided by Debbie Reynolds, Pimelea working group, Trust for Nature. 

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Procedure for translocation of threatened flora
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Projects

Applied Aquatic Ecology Update - Autumn 2015
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Applied Aquatic Ecology Update - Summer 2015
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Biodiversity Action Planning workshops
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Dec 2016 Project update
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SWIFFT information sheet
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The Glove Box Guide to Understanding and Improving Woodland Ecosystems in the Mid Loddon

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This Includes a special feature on the Bush Stone-curlew as a focal species. This Guide is published by the Mid Loddon Sub-Catchment Management Group. PO Box 2197, Bendigo DC 3554.

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Whirrakee Wattle Biolink Trail brochure
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Orange-bellied Parrot project

OBP October 2017 update
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OBP week 2 update 2017
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OBP week 4 update 2017
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Biodiversity habitat projects

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Land for wildlife notes

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Land for Wildlife Notes 01 - General reference list
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Land for Wildlife Notes 02 - 22 Ways to integrate wildlife conservation
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Land for Wildlife Notes 03 - Creating habitat corridors
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Land for Wildlife Notes 04 - Wildlife management considerations
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Land for Wildlife Notes 05 - List of mammals and birds 2002
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Land for Wildlife Notes 06 - Wildlife needs natural hollows 2002
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Land for Wildlife Notes 07 - How you can help koalas on private land
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Land for Wildlife Notes 08 - Principles of river and stream improvement for wildlife
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Land for Wildlife Notes 09 - What your property can do for you
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Land for Wildlife Notes 10 - How wildlife habitats can benefit your property
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Land for Wildlife Notes 12 - Bats in rural Victoria
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Land for Wildlife Notes 13 - Natural regeneration
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Land for Wildlife Notes 14 - Nestboxes
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Land for Wildlife Notes 15 - Wildlife & farm dams
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Land for Wildlife Notes 17 - Wattles and wildlife
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Land for Wildlife Notes 18 - Old trees for wildlife
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Land for Wildlife Notes 19 - Woodlots and wildlife
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Land for Wildlife Notes 29. Fencing wildlife habitat
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Land for Wildlife Notes 31. Rabbit control in wildlife habitat
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Land for Wildlife Notes 36. Victoria's native freshwater fish
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Land for Wildlife Notes 40. How healthy is your bushland ?
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Land for Wildlife Notes 41. Native grasslands of the basalt plain
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Land for Wildlife Notes 42. Phytophthora root disease
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Land for Wildlife Notes 43. Photographic monitoring of vegetation
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Reports

Brolga windfarm interim guidlines

Interim Guidelines for the Assessment, Avoidance, Mitigation and Offsetting of Potential Wind Farm Impacts on the Victorian Brolga Population 2011, Revision 1 February 2012.

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Fox adaptive experiment 2006
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Glenelg Ark— benefits to biodiversity from long-term fox control 2015 update.
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Guidelines for management activities in Swamp Skink habitat on the Mornington Peninsula 2015

By Peter Robertson & Nick Clemann 2015

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Guidelines for managing endangered Growling Grass Frog
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Hamilton Field Naturalist Club Herbicide Wiping Tool
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Outcomes of decades long installation of nest boxes for arboreal mammals in southern Australia
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Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo count map 2017
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Rice Reserve Survey May 2015
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Ten year nest box study report 2018

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Newsletters

Australasian Bat Night 2017
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LFW newsletter Spring/Summer Vol. 12, No.1 2016
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word docs

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01-10-2018

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fauna

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04-07-2013
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geojson

Threatened species

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Brush-tailed Phascogale surveys (Bendigo)

Building, installing and long term monitoring of nest boxes in the Bendigo region. 

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Dwarf Spider Orchid

Monitoring, surveys to discover new populations, micro manage habitat.

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Hoary Sunray rehabilitation

Rehabilitate approx. 2.5 hectares of Plains Grassland

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Plains-wanderer project

Captive breeding, population monitoring, predator control, habitat restoration, conservation covenants.

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Rewilding the desert

Experimentally reintroducing locally extinct native species into two predator-proof enclosures.

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Turquoise Parrot nest box project

Building and installing nest boxes on private land, monitoring nest boxes, field days and school education events.

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Survey and monitoring

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Latham's Snipe monitoring and research

Population monitoring, capture & tracking movement, collaborative research within and between Australia and Japan.

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Habitat

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Wetlandia Landscape Restoration

Whole-of-property rehabilitation and revegation project.

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North Central Victoria

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Brush-tailed Phascogale surveys (Bendigo)

Building, installing and long term monitoring of nest boxes in the Bendigo region. 

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Turquoise Parrot nest box project

Building and installing nest boxes on private land, monitoring nest boxes, field days and school education events.

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Wetlandia Landscape Restoration

Whole-of-property rehabilitation and revegation project.

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Fauna

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Brush-tailed Phascogale surveys (Bendigo)

Building, installing and long term monitoring of nest boxes in the Bendigo region. 

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Online data and information repositories

Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research

Applied ecological research resources and outcomes with an emphasis on plants, animals and biodiversity issues.

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Atlas of Living Australia

The Atlas of Living Australia is a collaborative, national project that aggregates biodiversity data from multiple sources and makes it freely available and usable online. Includes species information profiles, downloadable occurance data,  spatial tools, sightings upload tools and citizen science platforms.

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Australian Faunal Directory

A free online public enquiry database that provides taxonomic and biological information on Australian fauna. The database is constantly being updated and expanded with addition of new data sets. At present about 98 per cent of described species are listed in the Australian Faunal Directory.

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BushBlitz

Bush Blitz is a partnership between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Earthwatch Australia to document plants and animals in selected properties across Australia.

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Discover the Living Moorabool

The website promotes the indigenous heritage and natural resources of the Moorabool River and surrounding regions. The public can access information about places of interest relating to cultural heritage and recreational sites.

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EPBC Act Protected Matters Search Tool

Use this search tool to generate a report that will help determine whether matters of national environmental significance or other matters protected by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 are likely to occur in your area of interest.

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EPBC Act Species Profiles and Threats Database (SPRAT)

Provides information about species and ecological communities listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Provides information on what the species looks like, its population and distribution, habitat, movements, feeding, reproduction and taxonomic comments. 

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Flora of Victoria

VICFLORA by the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is a comprehensive and current online guide to the wild plants of Victoria. Includes plant profiles, identification tools, images and illustrations.

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Frogs of Australia

Guide to the frogs of Australia, providing descriptions, distributions, images, breeding calls, and more for every frog in Australia.

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Leadbeater's Possum interactive map

A range of Leadbeater's Possum spatial information is available on the Leadbeater's Possum Interactive Map. This user-friendly tool provides public access to the most up-to-date Leadbeater's Possum spatial information

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Museum Victoria bioinformatics
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NatureKit

NatureKit is the Department  of Environment, Land, Water and Planning's biodiversity web mapping and reporting tool that has been developed to replace Biodiversity Interactive Map (BIM).

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River Detectives

River Detectives is an education program initiative of Catchment Management Authorities that supports teachers and leaders to get young people connecting to their local waterway.

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Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)
TERN was established in late 2009 as Australia’s first Commonwealth Government NCRIS grant-funded research infrastructure to deliver a national terrestrial ecosystem observatory providing standardised and integrated measures of changes in Australia’s land-based ecosystem biodiversity. The goal of TERN is to provide open access for researchers to Australia’s land-based ecosystem m...
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Threatened Species Advisory Lists for Victoria

Non-statutory advisory lists of rare and or threatened flora and fauna in Victoria. Threatened Speces Advisory Lists are maintained by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.  

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Threatened Species Recovery Hub

National threatened species research network supported by the National Environmental Science Program. Key research themes include controlling threats, flora and fauna at high risk of extinction, monitoring and management, reintroductions and refugia, threatened species policy, and social and economic aspects of threatened species recovery.

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Victorian Biodiversity Atlas

The Victorian Biodiversity Atlas (VBA) is the collated information of flora and fauna sightings across Victoria. The VBA is managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. 

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VicVeg Online

VicVeg Online aims to help you to read the landscape and understand the native vegetation of your area and on your place as well as how to give it a helping hand

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Visualising Victoria's Biodiversity

Visualising Victoria's Biodiversity (VVB) is a map portal  for accessing and sharing spatial information on Victoria's environmental values, conservation activities and research.

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ZoaTrack

Web app

Platform for storing, analysing, visualising, synthesising and sharing animal presence and movement information.

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Citizen science and data collection apps and websites

Atlas of Living Australia

The Atlas of Living Australia is a collaborative, national project that aggregates biodiversity data from multiple sources and makes it freely available and usable online. Includes species information profiles, downloadable occurance data,  spatial tools, sightings upload tools and citizen science platforms.

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Aussie Bird Count

Web app, Android app, iOS app

Birdlife Australia citizen science event. Australia wide bird count surveys.

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Australian BioBlitz hub

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National list of BioBlitz projects. 

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Australian Citizen Science Association
Website The Australian Citizen Science Association  (ACSA) was formed to advance citizen science through the sharing of knowledge, collaboration, capacity building and advocacy. ACSA is a member-based community that supports, informs and develops citizen science. ACSA membership is open to citizen science project managers, volunteers or anyone with an interest in citizen science. ...
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Birdata

Web app, Android app, iOS app

A Birdlife Australia platform. Record, contribute and viewbird sightings and survey data.

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BowerBird

Web app

Managed by the Museum of Victoria and the Atlas of Living Austalia, Bowerbird is a socially networked, web-based, community, biodiversity workspace for Australia. Submit biological sightings and images for idenitification, discussion and sharing to conservation networks and recognised databases.

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Climate Watch

Website, Android app, iOS app

Contribute species data relating to climate change.

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eBird

Web app, Android app, iOS app

International bird observation and checklist citizen science program.

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Echidna CSI

iOS app

EchidnaCSI is a citizen science project aimed at understanding more about Echidnas through the public's help.

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Eremaea Birdlines

Web app

Eremaea Birdlines is a service provided by Birdlife Australia for recording unusual and interesting observations of wild birds in Australia.

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EstuaryWatch

Web app

EstuaryWatch is a citizen science program for monitoring estuary health.

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FeralScan

Web app, Android app, iOS app

Map feral animal sightings, impacts and control actions. Includes RabbitScan, WildDogScan, FeralCatScan, FoxScan, FeralPigScan, ToadScan, MynaScan, MouseAlert, CamelScan, FeralGoatScan, FeralFishScan, StarlingScan, DeerScan (coming)

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Frog Census

Android app, iOS app

Melbourne Water community frog monitoring program. Recording of frog calls. 

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FrogID

Web app, Android app, iOS appp 

Discover which frogs live around you and help count Australia's frogs.

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Fungimap

Website

Putting Australian fungi on the map.

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iNaturalist

Web app, Andriod app, iOS app

International biodiversity observation and citizen science platform.

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iSpy Catchment Creatures

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Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority bird, fish, reptile and frog observation program.

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National Waterbug Blitz

Website

National citizen science event to collect waterbug monitoring data from waterways and wetlands

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NatureBlitz

Web app, Android app, iOS app

The North Central CMA's NatureBlitz app is a citizen science monitoring tool that allows the community to collect important information about our region's biodiversity.

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NatureShare

Web app

Citizen science database for individuals and groups to document and share information about their local environment.

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NatureWatch

Volunteer program

A Victorian National Parks Association program. Started in 2007, NatureWatch trains community volunteers to collect important information about Victoria's animals and plants. Projects include Communities Listening for Nature, Caught on Camera, Grasstree Monitoring and Grassland Threatened Species.

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PlatypusSPOT

Web app

Report Platypus sigthings.

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ReefWatch

Volunteer program

A Victorian National Parks Association program. Marine citizen science program that trains pople to collect important information about fish, invertebrates and algae at dive locations across Victoria. Projects include Great Victorian Fish Count, Adopt a Sponge, PlateWatch, OysterWatch, Sea Slug Census and ReefCam

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TurtleSAT

Web app

Contribute to mapping the location of freshwater turtles.

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VBA Go

Web app

Mobile recording tool for the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas.

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WaterWatch

Web app

Waterwatch is a citizen science program for monitoring waterway health.

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Wildlife Spotter

Volunteer program

Become a citizen scientist and assist researchers by looking for animals in wilderness photos taken by automated cameras around Australia.

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WomSAT

Web app

WomSAT is a new resource for communities to record sightings of wombats across the country.

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xeno-canto

Web app

xeno-canto is a website dedicated to sharing bird sounds from all over the world. 

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ZoaTrack

Web app

Platform for storing, analysing, visualising, synthesising and sharing animal presence and movement information.

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Biodiversity and nature conservation websites

Natural Newstead

Observations of flora, fauna and landscape in central Victoria, Authored by Geoff Park.

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Recreating the Country

This website explores ways to keep our natural ecology healthy and thriving for future generations, Authored by Stephen Murphy.

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Books and journals

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Daylesford Nature Diary: The seasons in the foothill forests

by Tanya Loos 

The Daylesford Nature Diary reintroduces the six seasons for Victoria’s southern foothill forests in all their splendour. It includes a full colour, beautifully illustrated wheel calendar of wall poster size as a reference and guide.

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Journal of Science Communication

Issue 3: special issue on citizen science.

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Moths of Victoria (Part 4 - Geometridae - Emeralds and allies, Peter Marriott)
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Moths of Victoria Part 5 - Geometridae - Satin moths and allies, Marilyn Hewish
This is the second book of geometrids, adults of the familiar looper caterpillar. They range from small day-flying to robust and intricate patterned creatures of the night. With 180 species and over 700 images this book presents every known Victorian moth in these two groups for the first time. Accompanying disk  provides over 380 additional pages with information, biology and distribution for eac...
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Victoria's Galaxiid Fishes
Published February 2018,  Aquatic Photographics An informative pictorial book on Victoria’s Galaxiid fishes with images collected over 30 years. Many populations of the taxa are no longer found due to rapid changes in their environment. The book outlines threats to these small native fish which are an often overlooked part of Victoria’s biodiversity. Free download available via R...
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What South Eastern Native Plant is that?
Book on native plants for south eastern South Australia - released March 2010 Author: Neville Bonney Cost: $45 inc. GST Contact: Kirsty Heaver, South East Natural Resource Management Board Order: from the South East Natural Resource Management Board PO Box 30, Mt Gambier, 5290, South Australia Phone: 08 87246000 This book will have relevance to many species found in south-west Victoria ...
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Field guides and brochures

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A Field Guide to Saltmarsh Plants in Victoria
by Mary Ellis, Lorraine Norden with illustrations by renowned artist Celia Rosser. This 50 page field guide provides descriptions of the most commonly found saltmarsh plants. It outlines the importance of Victoria's saltmarsh wetlands and helps to raise community awareness and education of the role that saltmarsh plants play in the ecosystem. This book will of great value to many people ...
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A Field Guide to Victorian Fauna

by Museums Victoria

Android app, iOS app

Available for both Apple and Android devices, the app holds descriptions of over 950 species, including birds, mammals, fishes, reptiles, frogs and invertebrates from terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.

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Bunurong Marine National Park Field Guide app
by Parks Victoria and Museums Victoria Android app, iOS app This app presents images and information on over 300 species of marine and coastal animals and plants that can commonly be seen in the park and nearby waters. It also includes park information and activities that may interest visitors. Maps and a gallery of the location, marine life and habitats are provided. ...
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Field Guide to the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape
by Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Corporation and  Museums Victoria Android app, iOS app This app presents descriptions of 250 species found in the Budj Bim Cultural Heritage Landscape, over half with traditional names and information about their cultural significance. It includes birds, fishes, frogs, lizards, snakes, and mammals as well as freshwater, terrestrial and marine invertebrat...
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Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges (Volume 1)
by Enid Mayfield Petaloid Monocotyledons (orchids, lilies, irises, grass-trees, mat-rushes and more) This area of south-eastern Australia has a rich and exceptionally diverse flora with over 130 orchid species represented in this volume.   ...
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Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges (Volume 2)
by Enid Mayfield Daisies, Heaths, Peas, Saltbushes, Sundews, Wattles and Other Shrubby and Herbaceous Dicotyledons This visually superb and informative field guide is the second volume of Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges, and covers more than 480 species of Daisies, Heaths, Peas, Saltbushes,Sundews, Wattles and other shrubby and herbaceous Dicotyledons. The illustrated family key is uniqu...
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Life on the Rocky Shores of south-eastern Australia

by CM Portern GC Wescott and GP Quinn

This indispensable guide includes colour photographs, descriptions and ecological notes for 96 of the more common animals and plants found on rocky shores in south-eastern Australia.

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Name those grasses (identifying grasses, sedges and rushes)
by Ian Clarke An extensively illustrated book explaining: The structure of Grasses and several similar groups The descriptive terminology The process of identification. Published November 2015 by: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne 3004. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria shop ...
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29-01-2016
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Nightlife of Australia South-eastern Forests

by Ed McNabb

This is a CD that has night calls for 53 species of nocturnal birds and mammals. For more information and order from  Ninox pursuites.

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Orchids of the Anglesea District. A Field Guide (second edition)

by Everett Foster and Margaret MacDonald

Ph: (03)52631085

 

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Start with the grasslands - Design guidelines to support native grasslands in urban areas
by Adrian Marshall Victoria's urban grasslands are endangered. The Victorian National Parks Association, with support from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, has been developing design guidelines to support native grasslands in urban areas. Chapters include; Seven principles for grassland design From planning to maintenance Planning guidelines Design guidelines ...
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Swift Parrots of Muckleford DVD
The DVD was funded by The Norman Wettenhall Foundation & The Melliodora Fund. The DVD runs for 25 minutes and features Chris Tzaros from Birds Australia, The aim of the DVD is to help people to identify Swifties by sight and by call. There is also some rare footage of their feeding habits at Muckleford.If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy please contact swiftparrotsofmuckleford@hotmail.com...
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The Glove Box Guide to Understanding and Improving Woodland Ecosystems in the Mid Loddon

by Mid Loddon Sub-Catchment Management Group

This Includes a special feature on the Bush Stone-curlew as a focal species. This Guide is published by the Mid Loddon Sub-Catchment Management Group. PO Box 2197, Bendigo DC 3554.

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12-12-2013
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The Waterbug App

by The Code Sharman, The Waterbug Company, Mandy Hall Media, Australian Museum

Android app, iOS app

The Waterbug app helps you identify waterbugs from South-eastern Australia. Use the key to answer questions that help you identify your waterbug, or whizz through speedbug and see if you recognize it.

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Wildlife Field Guide app to Gippsland Lakes
Android app, iOS app This Field Guide app portrays the rich terrestrial, freshwater and marine life found in Gippsland Lakes catchment, in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. It presents imagery and descriptions of over 250 animal species, representing those commonly encountered and others of special interest. It is only a fraction of the rich wildlife found in the forests, rivers, wetlands and lak...
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Reports and documents

Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research technical report series
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Current and Future Risks of Cropping Wetlands in Victoria
Casanova M.T. and Casanova A.J. (2016) This report found wetlands are highly vulnerable to cropping because a large number of their attributes (soil, seed bank, vegetation, invertebrates, vertebrates, water regime, water quality) and processes (germination, establishment, trophic interactions) are sensitive to the physical and chemical disturbances applied in cropping. The approximately 20,000 ...
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Glenelg Ark 2005– 2011: Evidence of Sustained Control of Foxes and Benefits for Native Mammals

Robley, A., Moloney, P. and Neave G. (2016)

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Orange-bellied Parrot: A retrospective analysis of winter habitat availability, 1985-2015.
White, M., Menkhorst, P., Griffioen, Green, B., Salkin, O. and Pritchard, R. (2016) This report found the mainland winter habitat is unlikely to have declined significantly since 1983 in a structural or compositional sense to explain the decline in Orange-bellied Parrot population. The number of individuals counted during coordinated winter surveys has declined from 70-90 individuals in the 198...
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Review of Spiny Rice-flower translocations in Victoria 2014
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Land for Wildlife notes

Please note that names, roles, contact details and organisational names are not current as these resources date back some years.

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Land for Wildlife Notes 01 - General reference list
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 02 - 22 Ways to integrate wildlife conservation
Published
29-07-2004
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Land for Wildlife Notes 03 - Creating habitat corridors
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 04 - Wildlife management considerations
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 05 - List of mammals and birds 2002
Published
26-08-2014
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99kb
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Land for Wildlife Notes 06 - Wildlife needs natural hollows 2002
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26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 07 - How you can help koalas on private land
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 08 - Principles of river and stream improvement for wildlife
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 09 - What your property can do for you
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 11 - Gippsland earthworm
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 12 - Bats in rural Victoria
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 13 - Natural regeneration
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 14 - Nestboxes
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 15 - Wildlife & farm dams
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 16 - Natural regeneration - case studies on farms
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 17 - Wattles and wildlife
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 18 - Old trees for wildlife
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26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 19 - Woodlots and wildlife
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 20 - Shelterbelts and wildlife
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 21 - Eltham copper butterfly
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 22 - Farm planning and wildlife
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26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 23 - Edges - their effect on vegetation and wildlife
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26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 24. Foxes - options for control
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26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 25. Cats and wildlife - how you can protect both
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26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 26. Mistletoe and wildlife - a positive view of a parasite
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26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 27. Platypus - helping them in the wild
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 28. Management of shallow freshwater wetlands for wildlife
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 29. Fencing wildlife habitat
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26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 30. Including wildlife in Landcare actions
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26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 31. Rabbit control in wildlife habitat
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26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 32. The value of understorey vegetation
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26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 33. Natural regeneration - case studies in bushland
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26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 34. Dieback lessons: how to manage sustainability
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 35. Encountering wildlife without feeding
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26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 36. Victoria's native freshwater fish
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 37. How can l help White-bellied Sea Eagles on private land
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 38. The value of dead wood to wildlife and agriculture
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 39. Creating an environmental weed strategy
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26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 40. How healthy is your bushland ?
Published
26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 41. Native grasslands of the basalt plain
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26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 42. Phytophthora root disease
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26-08-2014
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Land for Wildlife Notes 43. Photographic monitoring of vegetation
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26-08-2014
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SWIFFT annual reports

SWIFFT annual review 2014
Published
07-12-2014
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358kb
SWIFFT annual review 2015
Published
11-12-2015
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928kb

National

Amphibian Research Centre

The Amphibian Research Centre was established as a centre dedicated to research and conservation of Australia's unique frogs. They provide expertise in all areas of frog knowledge including captive breeding and research and education.

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Australasian Native Orchid Society Inc.
The Australasian Native Orchid Society Inc. is the major organisation promoting the understanding and appreciation of orchids growing naturally in our region of the world – Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and the adjacent western Pacific. We focus on a number of areas including conservation, research, breeding of species and hybrids, culture, shows, displays and judging, photography, lear...
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Australasian Wader Studies Group

The Australasian Wader Studies Group (AWSG) was formed in 1981 as a special interest group of BirdLife Australia to coordinate and focus studies on waders, or shorebirds, in Australia and throughout their migration routes in the Asia Pacific.

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Australian Citizen Science Association
Website The Australian Citizen Science Association  (ACSA) was formed to advance citizen science through the sharing of knowledge, collaboration, capacity building and advocacy. ACSA is a member-based community that supports, informs and develops citizen science. ACSA membership is open to citizen science project managers, volunteers or anyone with an interest in citizen science. ...
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Australian Network for Plant Conservation

The mission of the ANPC is to “Promote and develop plant conservation in Australia”

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Birdlife Australia
BirdLife Australia is the largest bird conservation organisation in Australia. BirdLife Australia undertakes research, conservation, education and communcation activities to protect birds and their habitat. BirdLife Australia manages the national Birdata system that collects scientific data for research and conservation of bird communities and habitat. ...
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Bush Heritage Australia

Bush Heritage Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation that purchases and manages land of high conservation value to achieve environmental outcomes. Bush Heritage Australia works with a range of organisations and stakeholders to strategically protect and manage biodiversity and ecosystems.

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Conservation Volunteers Australia

Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) provides opportunities to get involved in a wide range of conservation projects across Australia. CVA volunteers do not require prior skills or experience and can select from a range of projects that suit availability and interest areas.

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Greening Australia

Greening Australia is committed to tackling Australia’s biggest environmental challenges with the best science and the best people, to return life to landscapes and balance to the natural environment in ways that work for communities, economies and nature.

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Landcare Australia

Landcare Australia is a not-for-profit organisation, and registered charity, which leads the promotion of and provision of financial support to the Landcare movement’s national resource management programme in Australia; aligning the practice of environmental management with land productivity, and devolving governance and management to local communities.

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Marine Mammal Foundation

Marine Mammal Foundation is a not-for-profit scientific and education organisation, conducting applied research, collaboration and communication in the conservation of our amazing marine mammals and their environment

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Native Fish Australia

Native Fish Australia is a volunteer organisation that is open to anyone who cares about the well-being of Australia's native freshwater fish and the rivers, streams and other waterways that they inhabit.

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The Foundation for Australia's Most Endangered Species (FAME)
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State-wide

Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research

The Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (ARI) is a leading centre for applied ecological research, with an emphasis on flora, fauna and biodiversity issues. ARI's main focus is on providing strategic research and management advice to answer key questions affecting ecologically sustainable land or water management and resource use policies.

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Australian Plants Society (Victoria)

The Australian Plants Society (Victoria) is dedicated to promoting, growing and the conservation of Australian native plants, in gardens, community areas and their original environments.

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Coastcare Victoria

The Coastcare Victoria program leads and supports community stewardship of Victoria’s coast. Coastcare Victoria proudly supports thousands of community volunteer groups working to protect and enhance Victoria's 1800 kilometres of coastline.

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Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

DELWP brings together Victoria’s planning, local government, environment, energy, suburban development, forests, emergency management, climate change and water functions into a single department to strengthen connections between the environment, community, industry and economy.

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Field Naturalists Club of Victoria

The Field Naturalists Club of Victoria (FNCV) was established in 1880 to gain an understanding of our natural world. Field Naturalists Clubs undertake excursions, surveys, training and workshops, information forums and produces The Victorian Naturalist journal.

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Friends Groups

Friends groups work with relevant management authorities - such as Parks Victoria, councils, Trust for Nature - to help protect and conserve natural values on reserves, state parks, national parks and other forms of public land.

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Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association

IFFA is the Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association and is dedicated to the future of the Australian flora and fauna, whether in habitats of world heritage quality or in the urban back yard.

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Landcare Victoria

Landcare is a community based initiative that brings together landholders, volunteers and the conservation sector to protect and management environmental values and land productivity. There are over 5000 local landcare groups across Australia and over 500 groups in Victoria.

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Museums Victoria
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Natural Resources Conservation League of Victoria

Through community action, research, education and demonstration projects achieve enduring, positive change for the natural environment.

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Parks Victoria
Parks Victoria is a statutory authority, created by the Parks Victoria Act 2018 and reporting to the Minister. We are responsible for managing an expanding and diverse estate covering more than 4 million hectares, or about 18 per cent, of Victoria. Parks Victoria is committed to delivering works on the ground across Victoria’s park network to protect and enhance park values. It is our primar...
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Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is one of the world's leading botanic gardens and a centre of excellence for horticulture, science and education. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is dedicated to the conservation, display and enjoyment of plants and extends over two locations, Melbourne and Cranbourne, and incorporates the National Herbarium of Victoria.

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Trust for Nature

Trust for Nature works with landowners to conserve habitat on private land through establishment of conservation convenants and conservation reserves. There are over 1,400 voluntary conservation covenants in place in Victoria and 43 Trust for Nature managed reserves.

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Victorian National Parks Association
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Victorian Wader Study Group

The Victorian Wader Study Group (VWSG) was formally constituted in 1978, however fieldwork actually began in 1975. The VWSG's primary objective is to conduct a long-term comprehensive study of waders and terns throughout Victoria. The VWSG is a non-profit organisation and is made up of around 140 volunteers.

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Wildlife Victoria

Wildlife Victoria provides a vital link for the community between distressed Australian wildlife and the appropriate response and care needed. We utilise our technology, experience and knowledge, together with positive collaborations to advocate for better wildlife welfare and educate the community about how to successfully co-exist with these iconic creatures.

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Zoos Victoria

Zoos Victoria is a not-for-profit conservation organisation dedicated to fighting wildlife extinction. This is achieved through breeding and recovery programs for threatened species and by working with visitors and supporters to reduce threats facing endangered wildlife.

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Regional and local

ANGAIR

ANGAIR (Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Society for the Protection of Flora and Fauna) is dedicated to protecting our indigenous flora and fauna, and to maintaining the natural beauty of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet and their local environments.

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Broken Boosey Conservation Management Network

Conservation Management Networks (CMN’s) are land based networks for conservation of threatened ecological communities (flora & fauna) and remnant vegetation. They are supported through a network of landowners, land managers and the community.

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Connecting Country

Connecting Country (Mount Alexander Region) Inc is a community-based not-for-profit organisation that aims to increase, enhance and restore biodiversity across the Mount Alexander Shire and surrounds in central Victoria.

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Conservation Ecology Centre (Otways)

The Conservation Ecology Centre works collaboratively and innovatively to develop and deliver solutions to the most urgent conservation challenges in the Otways region.

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Corangamite Catchment Management Authority

Corangamite CMA is committed to healthy catchments and waterways. Established in 1997 to ensure the protection and sustainable development of land, vegetation and water resources within a boundary stretching from Geelong to Ballarat and along the coast to Peterborough.

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East Gipplsand Rainforest Conservation Management Network

Conservation Management Networks (CMN’s) are land based networks for conservation of threatened ecological communities (flora & fauna) and remnant vegetation. They are supported through a network of landowners, land managers and the community.

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Gippsland Plains Conservation Management Network

Conservation Management Networks (CMN’s) are land based networks for conservation of threatened ecological communities (flora & fauna) and remnant vegetation. They are supported through a network of landowners, land managers and the community.

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Kara Kara Conservation Management Network

Conservation Management Networks (CMN’s) are land based networks for conservation of threatened ecological communities (flora & fauna) and remnant vegetation. They are supported through a network of landowners, land managers and the community.

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Longwood Plains Conservation Management Network

Conservation Management Networks (CMN’s) are land based networks for conservation of threatened ecological communities (flora & fauna) and remnant vegetation. They are supported through a network of landowners, land managers and the community.

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Lower Goulburn Conservation Management Network

Conservation Management Networks (CMN’s) are land based networks for conservation of threatened ecological communities (flora & fauna) and remnant vegetation. They are supported through a network of landowners, land managers and the community.

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Mid Loddon Conservation Management Network

Conservation Management Networks (CMN’s) are land based networks for conservation of threatened ecological communities (flora & fauna) and remnant vegetation. They are supported through a network of landowners, land managers and the community.

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Nillumbik Landcare Network

Nillumbik Landcare Network is an organisation that brings together and supports the Landcare groups operating within Nillumbik. Landcare groups within Nillumbik are focussed mainly on the management of biodiversity and agricultural assets on private land within the shire.

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Northern Plains Conservation Management Network

Conservation Management Networks (CMN’s) are land based networks for conservation of threatened ecological communities (flora & fauna) and remnant vegetation. They are supported through a network of landowners, land managers and the community.

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Otway Conservation Management Network

Conservation Management Networks (CMN’s) are land based networks for conservation of threatened ecological communities (flora & fauna) and remnant vegetation. They are supported through a network of landowners, land managers and the community.

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Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network

Conservation Management Networks (CMN’s) are land based networks for conservation of threatened ecological communities (flora & fauna) and remnant vegetation. They are supported through a network of landowners, land managers and the community.

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Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network

Conservation Management Networks (CMN’s) are land based networks for conservation of threatened ecological communities (flora & fauna) and remnant vegetation. They are supported through a network of landowners, land managers and the community.

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Wedderburn Conservation Management Network

Conservation Management Networks (CMN’s) are land based networks for conservation of threatened ecological communities (flora & fauna) and remnant vegetation. They are supported through a network of landowners, land managers and the community.

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Nature observations

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Brolga nest with adults and chick in south west Victoria

Video and photos of brolga nesting in south west Victoria from Bob McPherson. September 2016.

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Brush-tailed Phascogale images from Watsons Creek and Macedon Shire

Images from Wayne Williams - taken at the Watsons Creek habitat link project which forms a link between unburnt forest in the Kinglake National Park Everard Block and Warrandyte-Kinglake Nature Conservation Reserve. Macedon Ranges images by William Terry.

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Feral cat hunting Sugar Glider

Feral cat stalking a Sugar Glider in an artificial hollow nest box on private property near Hepburn Regional Park. Night vision images provided by Richard Pleasance.

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Orange-bellied Parrots near Tower Hill

Photos and video of the Orange-bellied Parrot near Tower Hill in south-west Victoria by Bob McPherson.

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