Many of Australia’s possums and gliders are under threat. Good information about where different species are greatly assists conservation programs. Members
of the public can play a valuable role in helping to collect this information in their own backyards, and surrounding parks and natural areas.
To help people share sightings of possums and gliders we are adding a section on possums and gliders to the free CAUL Urban Wildlife App. The app will also include photos and other information to help people correctly identify the different species. The app will be free to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play in June 2019!
|Common name||Scientific name|
|Mountain Pygmy-possum||Burramys parvus|
|Long-tailed Pygmy-possum||Cercartetus caudatus|
|Lemuroid Ringtail Possum
|Rock Ringtail Possum
|Green Ringtail Possum
|Daintree River Ringtail Possum
|Herbert River Ringtail Possum
|Western Ringtail Possum
|Common Ringtail Possum
|Common Spotted Cuscus
|Southern Common Cuscus
|Mountain Brushtail Possum
|Common Brushtail Possum
Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) Rangers in the Martu Determination have collaborated with Threatened Species Recovery Hub scientists to design a monitoring program for mankarr (the greater bilby). Martu people identified priorities for the bilby monitoring program, then worked with Dr Anja Skroblin from The University of Melbourne to co-develop a monitoring method which brings together Martu knowledge and practice with Western conservation science.
I am a proud Murri from the Kamilaroi Nation in north-west New South Wales. I grew up in western Sydney on Darug land and now live in Canberra on Ngunnawal land.
A new project is aiming to increase city kids’ connections with nature, threatened species conservation and Indigenous culture. Dr Georgia Garrard from RMIT University talks about this project, which will see Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Traditional Owners working with kids at Carlton North Primary School in Melbourne and Gunditjmara Traditional Owners working with kids at Heywood Consolidated School in western Victoria.
For the Larrakia Land and Sea Rangers, the sight of a shell midden in coastal saltpans tells a long history of culture and how their ancestors are connected with the intertidal and mangrove environment. Through a different lens, the Larrakia Rangers also see these shell middens as areas where their culture overlaps with the habitat used by the Critically Endangered migratory shorebird the far eastern curlew.
Threatened species on Indigenous land may be of prime interest to scientists and ecologists, but they are often not the species of greatest importance to the Indigenous landowners. Understanding local priorities for biodiversity is an essential step in ensuring that conservation projects are locally beneficial and supported. Researcher Tom Duncan from Charles Darwin University has been collaborating with the Tiwi Land Council and Tiwi Land Rangers to explore this issue on the Tiwi Islands.