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2018 newsletters

Published 27 Mar 2018 



  • Outback extremes
    A more sophisticated understanding of how climate change will impact Cravens Peak and Ethabuka reserves is informing our work.
  • From the President
    In January we welcome incoming CEO Heather Campbell, while Gerard O’Neill departs after seven years of outstanding service.
  • Desert dwellers
    There’s a common misconception that deserts are devoid of life, but the arid Outback is home to a huge diversity of plants and animals.
  • Platypus patrol
    A group of dedicated volunteers is helping to shed light on Platypus populations in the upper Murrumbidgee River.
  • Darwin's legacy
    Fifteen years ago, two men sat on a log and talked into the night. Their conversation shaped the future of the land on which they rested.
  • My Happy Place
    “I like to come down to the gorge and spend a night camped under the trees listening to the sound of the wind blowing through their branches.”– Cravens Peak Reserve Manager, Jane Blackwood 
  • Thank you
    Our work is only possible because of generous donations from supporters such as these. 


  • Woodland foragers
    Tarcutta Hills Reserve provides vital foraging habitat for Swift Parrots and other woodland birds, but we need to take action to ensure it continues to do so in the future.
  • From the CEO
    “Almost 90% of our temperate woodlands have been cleared. We need to protect what's left.”
  • Tech rescue
    These four emerging technologies bring a new dimension to our conservation work, tipping the odds in favour of our native species.
  • Searching for the Goldilocks Solution
    An insatiable curiosity and thirst for knowledge have placed Erica Suosaari at the forefront of research into the humble beginnings of life as we know it.
  • Olkola at the helm
    The re-formed Golden-shouldered Parrot National Recovery Team, led by Olkola Elder Mike Ross, is providing fresh hope and optimism for the bird’s future.
  • My Happy Place
    “Sitting under this Western Myall and looking out over the salt lake is one of my favourite spots to stop for lunch on Bon Bon Station Reserve.” – Bon Bon Field Officer Kate Taylor 
  • Thank you
    Our work is only possible because of generous donations from supporters such as these. 


This special first-edition of the new-look bushtracks is dedicated to the countrywide effort being undertaken on our reserves to protect vital Australian species from extinction.

  • Western Brush Wallabies return
    The return of the poorly-studied Western Brush Wallaby (known as the Black-gloved Wallaby or Kwoora) to 420 hectares of carefully revegetated land on our Monjebup North Reserve shows our work is paying off.
  • From the CEO
    “Thousands of plants and animals, both common and threatened, are suffering population declines as their habitats shrink… If we are to reverse, or at least halt this decline, we need to be smarter about our approach to conservation.”
  • Bringing back the Bilby
    Today, Aboriginal people own or manage about 70 percent of the Bilby’s remaining range, and groups such as the Birriliburu Rangers are at the centre of the species’ recovery plan.
  • Nursing our natives
    A new state-of-the-art nursery at Scottsdale Reserve will generate up to 10,000 native plants a year with almost no environmental footprint, thanks to solar technology, wetland filtration and a waste water recycling system.
  • Orchid rescue
    From guided wildflower trips in Victoria, to a tour along the banks of the Murrumbidgee River in New South Wales, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and about on our reserves this Spring.
  • Thank you
    Thanks to the many supporters who have generously donated to our work.


  • The Arafura Swamp Rangers
    We're proudly working with Traditional Owners to return the Arafura Swamp to good health.
  • From the CEO
    What value do we place on the diversity of life? And are we willing to risk losing that diversity because of our inaction?
  • Weathering the change
    Prof. Lesley Hughes is among that rare breed of scientists that allow the world to see the passion and emotion driving their work.
  • Eye in the sky
    In WA, the innovative use of a remote sensing technology is marking the start of a new era in Malleefowl monitoring.
  • Creatures of the night
    On Pullen Pullen Reserve, scent dogs are tracking cats to the benefit of Night Parrots and other native species.
  • Opportunistic breeders
    A fledgling Night Parrot photographed in December on Pullen Pullen Reserve suggests the species is breeding despite very dry conditions.
  • Thank you
    Thanks to the many supporters donating to our work.