The Tree Whisperer to talk at Deakin
Conservationist Tony Rinaudo (dubbed “the tree whisperer” for his extensive revegetation work in Africa) is coming to Deakin to give a talk (2pm, 30th July in L1.08 on the Burwood campus). He’s an amazing person and has extensive work in preventing desertification. The event is being organised by the Deakin Christian Union because Tony has been working with World Vision and is a christian himself but The Enviro club is helping to promote this event as he is also going to talk about his work in promoting sustainable agriculture in Africa and now East Timor.
If you want more information about Tony Rinaudo here is an interesting article about him which includes a video http://www.smh.com.au/environment/the-tree-whisperer-20140421-36ze4.html
Earlybird registration closes at the end of the month.
First Year Fieldtrip to Cape Conran turns 10
It was birthday celebrations all around for the first year SLE114 Introduction to Parks and Wildlife Conservation Biology students and staff as the fieldtrip to Cape Conran ran for the tenth consecutive year. One hundred first year students attended the camp this year and worked closely with Deakin staff and our industry partners in the DEPI Southern Ark team. The students caught over 300 small mammals, including bandicoots, potoroos, possums, gliders, antechinus and native rats and learnt the skills involved in correct handling, identifying, sexing and in many cases micro-chipping these animals. Other activities undertaken included GPS and GIS exercises, radio-tracking, camera trapping and bird surveys. Our Head of School, Professor Guang Shi also attended the fieldtrip this year, experiencing the program as a student would as well as joining in the 10 year celebrations with Deakin and DEPI. It was great to have Guang along!
Inquiry into environmental biosecurity
On 26 June 2014, the Federal Senate referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee an inquiry into the adequacy of arrangements to prevent the entry and establishment of invasive
species likely to harm Australia’s natural environment for report by 3 December 2014. You can have your say!
The Committee prefers to receive submissions online as an attached document by accessing the committee website and selecting the Upload Submission Online link https://senate.aph.gov.au/submissions/pages/logon.aspx. Alternatively, submissions may be emailed as an attached document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Committee will consider all submissions, and may invite individuals and organisations to give evidence at a public hearing.
Yes, the picture is of an introduced bird - the Rock Dove or ‘Feral Pigeon’!
The Thin Green Line!
Last night ABC Australian Story aired an amazing report a truly inspiring story of Sean Willmore and his foundation the Thin Green Line!. Including how Dame Jane Goodall has become a proud supporter of the Thin Green Line and Sean’s work to support rangers in the line of duty around the world on the bloody global war against poachers.