23-12-2013 - Norfolk Island Parakeet
Safe nesting sites are a limiting factor for This proTasman parakeets. Introduced crimson rosellas and starlings compete aggressively for these, while introduced rats and cats prey on eggs, chicks and nesting females at vulnerable nests. Using motion-sensitive cameras on modified nests, this project closely monitor breeding activities of parakeets to guide intervention. Since the onset of this project, the number of successful nests has doubled.
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23-12-2013 - Curryfish
Tropical sea cucumbers are harvested for the "bêche-de-mer" product (dried body wall). Due to the severe lack of knowledge on the biology and ecology of many sea cucumbers, they are in a perilous state of conservation. Populations are rapidly declining worldwide, with over 70% of tropical sea cucumber fisheries deemed exploited and depleted. We wish to better understand their population dynamics and ecosystem function.
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30-09-2013 - Huon tree kangaroo
The YUS Conservation Area on Papua New Guinea’s Huon Peninsula contains one of the world’s largest intact cloud forests. A holistic conservation organization, Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program supports habitat protection for a range of endangered species including the Matschie’s tree kangaroo, as well as initiatives supporting the needs of indigenous populations. Building a team of local conservation Rangers supports communities in making ...
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30-09-2013 - Queensland lungfish
The project seeks to contribute new scientific knowledge necessary to stop the decline of, and support the recovery of, the endangered Australian lungfish. First, stable isotope analysis of carbon and nitrogen of fish scales will provide the first ever investigation of century-long trends in lungfish trophic ecology. Second, spatiotemporal patterns of lungfish resource use will be examined to inform management actions and identify rehabilitation ...
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30-09-2013 - Freshwater Sawfish
Searching for the critically endangered Freshwater sawfish in an Eastern Cape York river.
The freshwater sawfish (Pristis pristis) was once found on Australia’s east coast but has not been recorded for many years. With the help of traditional owners we will use underwater cameras and gillnets to investigate reports that freshwater sawfish inhabit the untouched rivers of eastern Cape York.
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30-09-2013 - Trapdoor spider
Cantuaria are ancient trapdoor spiders that live only in New Zealand. Their small, dense populations are found in undisturbed patches of grassland and forest. As spiderlings, each builds a burrow and remains inside for its entire life. The patchy distribution of Cantuaria, and their inability to travel far, may make them unable to recover from habitat loss and fragmentation due to human activity.
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30-09-2013 - Polynesian tree snail, 'areho' in Tahitian
Dozens of species of Polynesian tree snails (Partula) are extinct due to predation by a carnivorous snail introduced as a failed biological control attempt. However, a number of species were rescued from French Polynesian islands and have been maintained in an international breeding programme. The objective of this project is to initiate reestablishment of species extinct in the wild back into their home range.
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05-06-2013 - Norfolk Island parakeet
The objective of the project is to determine the size of the endemic Tasman parakeet population on Norfolk Island and to detect if a recent population crash has occurred. This will lead to proposals for remedial conservation measures. The project will develop and trial survey methods for Tasman parakeets and collect other ecological information that will form the basis of monitoring and recovery efforts.
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30-05-2013 - Toothbilled pigeon or Manumea
Manumea are found only in Samoa. A recent intensive search in the Savai'i uplands confirmed that Manumea numbers are critically low. It is essential that the locations of any populations of Manumea are identified. We aim to provide a detailed analysis of the status, distribution and ecological requirements of this globally threatened species so that conservation management can be targeted to key sites.
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20-12-2012 - Clark's Crayfish
The Australian Crayfish project was established with the aim of addressing specific knowledge gaps on all Australian crayfishes. With the assistance of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund we are researching a unique small freshwater crayfish Euastacus clarkae that is only known to occur in a small highland section of Australia’s world heritage listed, Gowandan Rainforest.
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