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!).
Our conservation Café in July was quite special, as we used the opportunity after an exciting talk by Michael Ellison to go whale- and sea bird watching with an expert birder.
This time around, Peter guided 15 hard-working workshop participants through the intricacies of drawing plants. Most of us were beginners, and all of us picked up some new skills by the end of the workshop. Despite recovering from a bout with laryngitis, Peter kept his students smiling and laughing as he led us through a boggling amount of information on drawing.
This June, we were pleased to welcome Dr James Brazill-Boast to our Conservation Café. James is the Senior Project Officer for Ecosystems & Threatened Species at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. His primary role is in the development and implementation of the Saving Our Species program.
SCBO are pleased to announce two student awards – one for the best Oceania student presentation at ICCB 2015, and one for the best student publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Prizes include registration to SCBO Brisbane 2016!
To be considered for the student presentation award, e-mail your ICCB presentation title and abstract to Vanessa by June 30th. To be eligible, you must be a student member of SCBO Oceania and have a presentation (oral, speed or poster) accepted for the ICCB program. Presentations will be judged by board members attending the conference, and the winner(s) will be announced after the conference has finished.
To be considered for the student paper award, e-mail a pdf of your paper and proof of your student status (e.g. a photo / scan of your student ID) to Rebecca by June 30th. To be eligible, papers must be first-authored by a student member of SCB Oceania, with a publication data any time during 2014 or in the first quarter (Jan-April) 2015. Papers will be judged on their scientific merit, clarity, innovativeness, and relevance to conservation and management. Winner(s) will be announced at the SCBO AGM on August 4th in Montpellier.