87 results for tag: Victorian Wildlife


Ecologist David Lindenmayer has monitored the same forest for over 30 years.

18 March, 2014 10:45AM AEST. David Lindenmayer. Broadcast date: Tuesday 18 March http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2014/03/18/3966103.htm David is a highly-awarded professor of ecology, but came close to making a career as a footballer in The Netherlands.   Among his grand passions is the survival of the Leadbeater's Possum, the faunal emblem of Victoria.   The possum, he says, is at risk of being 'monitored to extinction', which would be nothing short of an "environmental disgrace". David's latest enthusiasm is learning the complex and musical language of birds   Related Photos David ...

Fragile corners of the state to be saved for wildlife emblems

Tom Arup. Environment editor, The Age.  March 13, 2014. http://www.theage.com.au/environment/fragile-corners-of-the-state-to-be-saved-for-wildlife-emblems-20140312-34mqz.html Leadbeater's possum and the helmeted honeyeater (inset) will be the chief beneficiaries. Photo: Justin McManus One of Victoria's most precious and fragile patches of the environment, home for two of the state's endangered animal emblems, will be protected in a new conservation network. As part of efforts to restore flagging forest habitat, the state government has agreed to set up a new 2940-hectare ''conservation area''. This will draw under one umbrella several fragmented ...

VicForests in middle of battle over possums and timber

James Campbell. Sunday Herald Sun. February 23, 2014 12:00AM http://m.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/vicforests-in-middle-of-battle-over-possums-and-timber/story-fni0fh8t-1226834677129   A leadbeater's possum at Healesville Sanctuary. Source: News Limited IN the next few weeks the State Government will make a decision which is likely to seal the fates of leadbeater’s possums and Victoria’s native forest timber industry. The possum, a cute critter and since 1968 Victoria’s faunal emblem, is in a bad way. No one is sure how many of them managed to survive the Black Saturday bushfires, which, according to official estimates, ...

Royal Society favours park to protect possums

Tom Arup. Environment editor, The Age. http://www.theage.com.au/environment/royal-society-favours-park-to-protect-possums-20140215-32svk.html   The state's pre-eminent scientific organisation, the Royal Society of Victoria, has thrown its support behind the push for a new national park on Melbourne's doorstep to protect Leadbeater's possums and other threatened mountain ash forest species. Scientific concern for the possums' survival has soared since the 2009 Black Saturday fires destroyed 45 per cent of their best habitat. Conservationists also blame logging in the possums' central highlands forest home for driving them further towards ...

National park push goes on

By JESSE GRAHAM. 19th November 2013. http://mountainviews.starcommunity.com.au/mail/2013-11-19/national-park-push-goes-on/ MOMENTUM continued to build for a new national park in Toolangi last week, following a speech to environmental and anti-logging groups in Healesville. Wilderness Society Victorian campaigns manager Amelia Young spoke to members of Healesville Environment Watch Incorporated (HEWI), the Knitting Nannas of Toolangi (KNOT), My Environment, Mt Toolbewong Landcare Group, Friends of the Leadbeater’s Possum and other groups on Thursday 14 November. Speaking before the HEWI and Mt Toolbewong Landcare Group annual general meetin...

Tree change for possum protest

By JESSE GRAHAM. Posted on 19 November 2013. http://mountainviews.starcommunity.com.au/mail/2013-11-19/tree-change-for-possum-protest/ ANTI-LOGGING is the centre of a young conservationist’s protest in Toolangi, which has seen her take to the treetops until the end of the year. Hannah Patchett began her vigil in a red tree house about 25 metres from the ground on Sunday 10 November in the forest, and plans to stay there until Christmas. The 20-year-old’s stay in the tree house, which borders a scheduled logging coupe, is to protest against clear-fell logging in areas where the critically endangered Leadbeater’s possum lives. “I’ve chosen ...

Animals going extinct while millions in funding go squandered Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/animals-going-extinct-while-millions-in-funding-go-squandered-20131125-2y65s.html#ixzz2s1ma8r1X

November 26, 2013. Peter Hannam -Environment Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.theage.com.au/environment/animals/animals-going-extinct-while-millions-in-funding-go-squandered-20131125-2y65s.html Not all hope lost: Efforts to save the yellow-footed rock wallaby have had some success. Photo: Natalie Grono   Animals are going extinct and millions of dollars in Australian endangered species funding are being squandered because of poor planning and monitoring, leading environmental scientists say.   If data on the welfare of an endangered species is collected, it is rarely analysed or acted on, said David Lindenmayer, one of the ...

Australia under fire for failing to protect threatened animals

Ecologist says Australia has a 'dreadful' track record in planning, monitoring and responding to threats to endangered species Oliver Milman. theguardian.com. Tuesday 26 November 2013 15.02 AEST http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/26/australia-under-fire-for-failing-to-protect-threatened-animals     A quokka munches on a leaf on Rottnest island in WA, home of the world's only sizeable quokka population. Photograph: Adam Gartrell/AAPIMAGE Australia is failing to protect its endangered species due a “dreadful” track record in planning, monitoring and responding to threats, a group of leading conservationists has ...

Protester occupies forest treehouse to protect Leadbeater’s possum Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/protester-occupies-forest-treehouse-to-protect-leadbeaters-possum-20131110-2xa5p.html#ixzz2s1kK30dk

November 11, 2013. Thomas O'Byrne. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/protester-occupies-forest-treehouse-to-protect-leadbeaters-possum-20131110-2xa5p.html   Staying put: protester Hannah Patchett. Photo: Simon Schluter   Perched 25 metres off the ground upon a mountain ash tree, Hannah Patchett's new home lacks the luxuries enjoyed by most 20-year-olds.   But the bright red treehouse, high in the Toolangi State Forest 80 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, was designed for a purpose - to highlight the plight of Victoria's faunal emblem.   The spartan treehouse is located in a small pocket of old-growth mountain ash forest ...

The story of the little red Toolangi Treehouse

By Alex White- Hosted by The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/southern-crossroads/2013/nov/14/toolangi-treehouse-victoria-leadbeaters-possum   This guest blog by The Wilderness Society's Amelia Young highlights the campaign by supporters of the miraculous Leadbeater's Possum to stop the logging of its last remaining habitat. Little Red Toolangi Treehouse - Photo by Melanie Erler   It may surprise many that logging of high conservation value, old-growth forests continues in Australia. In the state of Victoria, areas of pristine forest are marked to be clearfelled, despite the presence of a plantation forestry industry...