Critically Endangered Swift Parrots (Lathamus discolor) are dependent on a combination of suitable wintering, migration and breeding habitats in order to survive their annual migration cycle. Identification and protection of these habitats is essential for their conservation. However, the majority of Swift Parrot foraging sites in New South Wales occur outside conservation reserves and therefore … More NSW South Coast forests – priority habitat for the Swift Parrot under threat
I’m super excited to announce that our latest robotics research paper titled “Robotic ecology: Tracking small dynamic animals with an autonomous aerial vehicle” has just been published in Science Robotics! The manual radio-tracking of wildlife is a very time consuming and labor-intensive technique that has been used worldwide for decades. This is particularly problematic for … More Robotic Ecology – drone radio-tracking
I feel privileged and excited that our ANU “Difficult Bird Research Team” has been chosen as one of the Australian Museum 2018 Eureka Prize Finalists in the Environmental Research Award, together with the amazing Mountain Pygmy Possum and RE100 hydro energy storage teams. It is great to be acknowledged for all the work we do to transform the … More 2018 Eureka Prize Finalist
This week I was super excited to yet find another large flock of Swift Parrots on a private property in the Riverina region of NSW. All of the largest flocks recorded in the region are now from private property highlighting the incredible importance of supporting landholders to protect and conserve old remnant bushland on their … More Private land conservation – an essential part of Swift Parrot conservation
I’m excited to be talking to Simon at ABC Riverina this morning about the amazing migratory journeys of swift parrots over 1000km from Tasmania to the Riverina region of NSW to find their winter food. The food they are searching for is nectar from winter flowering gum trees and they can find it in abundance … More ABC radio Swift Parrots in the Riverina
I’m really looking forward to celebrating World Environment Day 2018 at our “Breakfast with the birds” event near Temora, NSW on Tuesday 5th June for our NSW Environmental Trust Saving Our Swift Parrots project. This will follow on from the National Swift Parrot and Regent Honeyeater Volunteer surveys coordinated by BirdLife Australia to get volunteers involved searching for … More Breakfast with the birds
I really enjoyed talking about swift parrots and wildlife tracking drones with Anne Delaney on ABC radio Riverina this morning. Now heading out into this stunning box ironbark habitat to search for our tagged birds to see what we can discover about these fascinating birds today. @ozroan @llsnsw @sydney_uni #savingourpecies #dronesforgood #swiftparrot @anu
I’m excited to be a part of the 2017 Pint of Science festival in Canberra. The line up of speakers include the 2016 ACT Scientist of the Year, the ACT Young Woman of the Year, a specialist with one of Australia’s largest supercomputers, and the guy who named a fly after Beyoncé! From exploring the chaos of black holes, to … More Pint of Science Festival
Check out this entertaining article about charismatic swift parrots in relation to the otherwise serious issue of increasing endangerment of our unique wildlife, as highlighted in the recently released Australia State of the Environment Report 2016.
Check out this Mashable article on drones and how they are helping researchers to study wildlife in ways not previously possible, which includes an interview about Wildlife Drones, our wildlife radio-tracking drones.