This April, Chad Beranek came to our Conservation Café. He is a wildlife ecologist and founder/director of Gumnut Naturalist. Chad is actively looking for solutions to every-day wildlife conflict problems.
We were lucky to have Leanne Elliott do a Pop-Up Conservation Café for us during her holidays back home in Sydney. Leanne is a Conservationist with Cheetah Conservation Botswana (CCB).
Flying the Coop: Relocating Sydney’s Flying Foxes – Conservation Café with Dr. John Martin (by Arun Dayanandan)
(Arun Dayanandan, November 7, 2015)
On November 7, 2015, the Sydney chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology graciously hosted Dr. John Martin, wildlife officer at the heritage-listed Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust and Centennial Parklands. Reflecting his deep-rooted passion for working in the field, Dr. Martin guided the captivated audience on a trek through the swamps of the Centennial Parklands, stopping periodically to discuss key findings of his ongoing work in the conservation of the Gray-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus policephalus), and Black Flying-fox (Pteropus alecto).
On Waterbirds, Waterways and the World – Conservation Café with Prof Richard Kingsford (by Arun Dayanandan)
(Arun Dayanandan, September 5, 2015)
On the morning of September 5th, 2015, the Sydney chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology was delighted to host Dr. Richard Kingsford, President of the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania, Director of the Centre for Ecosystem Science, and senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales.
This weekend we ran the third edition of our creative conservation drawing workshops. This time the theme was insects! When we first suggested the idea of drawing cicadas to Peter (the drawing teacher), he said “Why on earth would you want to draw them? What about butterflies or dragonflies?”
But we stuck to our guns and sent Peter off with a cicada specimen to have a play with. Two weeks later he came back ready to teach the workshop and thoroughly converted to the wonder of these great critters (he even wants to draw more of them!).
(Arun Dayanandan, August 2015)
On August 1, 2015, the Sydney chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology welcomed Prof Emma Johnston as guest speaker at their monthly Conservation Café series. As Director of the Sydney Harbour Research Program at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and as an Australian Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Prof Johnston has been involved in a multitude of key aspects in marine conservation and research in both academia and the broader community.