Ecosure attends reef restoration and leadership workshop

Five of our lucky staff members recently earned the opportunity to attend a Reef Restoration and Leadership workshop at the Orpheus Island Research Station, hosted by Reef Ecologic. The four-day workshop was attended by over 30 amazingly passionate and inspirational people from different backgrounds and walks of life. The event brought together managers, scientists, traditional owners, community members and tourism operators. It offered the entire group a valuable opportunity to connect traditional knowledge and western science through the common goal of learning about different small-scale methods to help reef restoration, while we ‘buy time’ to scale up for large-scale reef…

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Jen Ford presents at SER conference in Cape Town

By Jen Ford, Principal Restoration Ecologist In September I presented and participated in the Society of Ecological Restoration (SER) 8th World Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. More than 850 delegates attended from 68 countries. The main themes of the conference were cultural approaches to restoration, restoration for water security, economics of restoration, and implementing restoration on a global scale. It has always been clear to me that ecological restoration is key to healing our land, sea, people and communities and restoration activities are a way of healing our relationship to the planet. At this conference, these ideas were fully cemented…

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Jess Bracks presents at ICAM conference in Kenya

Jess Bracks presented in September at the Humane Dog Population Management Conference in Mombasa, Kenya. Our presentation[1] shared experiences from some of Ecosure’s human/dog conflict projects including the review of the Queensland Government Fraser Island Dingo Management Strategy, managing risk while conserving dingoes around a mine in Western Australia and managing the hazard of roaming and stray domestic dogs at Funafuti International Airport in Tuvalu with sister company Avisure. Jess had a great time meeting people from every continent with a range of different issues. Some examples include: humane management of street dogs, sometimes numbering in the tens of millions…

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Employee of the year turtle tagging expedition

This year Shelly Armstrong - our project administrator in Rockhampton - won Ecosure’s employee of the year. Her prize was to travel with General Manager Diane Lanyon on a 3-day turtle tagging expedition out of Bowen with the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), Gudjuda Land and Sea Country rangers and JCU researchers. We had a turtle of a time! Before we started the Gudjuda rangers held a traditional welcome to country and smoking ceremony. The we piled into the boats and started our search for turtles. The first half an hour was a bit slow going, but once we played…

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Glider identification in the field

Gliders are nocturnal marsupials characterised by the folds of skin that extend between their ankles and wrists. Australia is home to seven glider species and as their name suggests, they are all able to glide, and spend most of their lives in the treetops. Like many Australian fauna, they rely on tree hollows and therefore require mature forests with availability of hollow bearing trees. The largest is the greater glider, which is identified by its large size, large furred ears, and very long tail (up to 60 cm long). They prefer old growth eucalypt forest where they feed primarily on…

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Upper catchment logging threatens quoll habitat

The endangered spotted-tailed quoll is distinguished from other quolls by its large size and spotted tail, once a common site along the east coast of Australia this landscape species has seen dramatic declines in recent times to the point where it is now listed as endangered under Commonwealth, NSW and QLD legislation. The quoll requires significant areas of high-quality habitat that must include a large prey base and well-connected forest. Ecosure ecologists Jennifer Young and Nigel Cotsell have been camera trapping in and around Scotchman and Roses Creek State forests in northern NSW. The forested catchment area contributes to supplying…

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