Welcome to the latest e-news from AWC, with brief field updates
from our sanctuaries around Australia. AWC now manages almost 4 million
hectares, the largest non-government estate in Australia.
Welcome to the latest e-news from AWC, with brief field updates from
our sanctuaries around Australia.
AWC now manages almost 4 million hectares, the largest non-government
estate in Australia. With almost 80% of our staff in the field, we are
delivering practical and effective conservation for some of the largest
remaining populations of many endangered species including Numbats,
Bilbies, Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens and more. As you will read below, we
are breaking new ground in a whole range of projects as we strive to
deliver the best possible ecological return on your support (investment).
Australia's largest private fire management program
As the wet season in northern Australia draws to a close, AWC field
staff have started delivering Australia's largest private fire management
program. In the Kimberley alone, AWC staff will fly more than 20,000
kilometres in helicopters, dropping aerial incendiaries across 3.5
million hectares to create cool burns that break up the country, reducing
the risk of late season fires. Working in partnership with indigenous
communities, pastoral landholders, Defence and other government agencies,
our award winning fire program is protecting endangered species such as
the Gouldian Finch and the Golden-backed Tree-rat as well as reducing
carbon emissions. To watch a short video clip, filmed from a drone, of
our 2017 Kimberley prescribed burns, click on the video below.
Numbat and Bilby populations on the rise
At Scotia in western NSW, AWC ecologists have recently
completed our regular survey of endangered mammal populations. The data
from these surveys will generate population estimates for species such as
the Burrowing Bettong and the Brush-tailed Bettong. Data from a recent
Numbat survey indicates that Scotia now supports around 400 Numbats. With
additional populations at Yookamurra and Mt Gibson, AWC is protecting more than 30% of the
entire Numbat population. AWC's Bilby populations are also on the rise,
with an increase in the Yookamurra population and the establishment of a
new population at Mt Gibson. Watch the video below to see a number of
Numbats being released at Mt Gibson Wildlife Sanctuary recently,
following routine health checks.
Sir David Attenborough and Tim Flannery discuss
In February this year, AWC hosted a very special event in London,
featuring Sir David Attenborough and Tim Flannery discussing conservation
in Australia and the important role of AWC. Click below for a sneak
preview ... and stay tuned for a vidcast of the event coming soon.
The world's largest feral cat eradication project
Construction of Australia's longest feral cat-proof fence will
formally start in the last week of April, with a Warlpiri traditional
owner team engaged to establish the fenceline at Newhaven. This globally significant project will
deliver a substantial increase in the population of at least 10
nationally threatened mammals and will double the Australian population
of at least six species. The Newhaven Warlpiri Rangers will spearhead our
feral cat eradication strategy (they removed 11 feral cats in a week
recently!). Materials for the fence will be sourced through a supplier in
Alice Springs, highlighting our commitment to the local communities in
which we operate.
The first stage involves establishing a feral cat-free area of 9,450
hectares. We need your help: every
contribution of $200 will support the establishment of around 1 hectare
of feral cat-free habitat for Mala, Golden Bandicoot and
other endangered mammals. You can make a tax deductible donation here or download a detailed
description of the project here. The project is supported by the Australian
Government and the NT Government through the National Landcare Program.
AWC and NSW National Parks Service deliver major
biological survey at Mallee Cliffs
As part of a historic partnership with the NSW Government, AWC has
been contracted to deliver conservation services, including the
reintroduction of regionally extinct mammals, in the Pilliga and at Mallee Cliffs National Park. At Mallee Cliffs, AWC
ecologists and local National Parks and Wildlife Service staff have
recently completed a major biological survey including 58 sites spread
across key habitats in the 58,000 hectare national park, which is located
30 kilometres east of Mildura. The survey involved more than 11,000 trap
nights. Over 35 species of reptiles were recorded including the
endangered Mallee Worm-lizard. Another highlight was several captures of
the threatened Western Pygmy Possum.
Western Pygmy Possum
Ground-breaking partnership with Australian Capital
A ground-breaking partnership between AWC and the Kerry Stokes-owned
Australian Capital Equity (ACE) is set to deliver a win for conservation
and the regional economy in Australia's remote Kimberley region. The deal
will involve ACE improving the sustainability of the cattle operation
that must be maintained on Charnley River under pastoral legislation through a
reduction in herd size and fencing off key river systems. The deal was
reported by the ABC and The West Australian. Read the full story here.
Thank you for your support, which is vitally important in ensuring AWC
continues to get boots on the ground to deliver effective conservation in
remote places like the Kimberley, Lake Eyre and the Top End. Every
donation makes a difference where it really counts - in the field!
Help us to establish the largest feral predator-free
area on mainland Australia at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary
Not only will the Newhaven project deliver a
substantial increase in the population of at least 10 nationally
threatened mammals, as well as doubling the Australian population of at
least six species, it will also benefit threatened reptiles such as the
Great Desert Skink, small mammals such as Brush-tailed Mulgara and
ground-dwelling birds such as the Dusky Grasswren (pictured above).
This project can only happen with your support.
Please donate to the Newhaven Endangered Wildlife Restoration Project to
help save Australia's most endangered wildlife.