What a week! First of all, everyone from the Sydney chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania (SC-SCBO) would like to thank ARC and the society for conservation biology for assistance with funding so that we were all able to attend this conference. The conference gave us all a great opportunity to gain new skillsets through workshops and network with scientists researching and publishing at the forefront of conservation science.
Last night we held a new workshop for Scientific Illustration with a scientific illustrator based out of the Australian National University: Dr Erin Walsh. The workshop last night was a great success, we had a sell out crowd and we produced lots of exciting drawings under specific instructions from Erin’s helpful worksheets, followed by a free-drawing session and Q&A.
This May’s Creative Conservation we were exploring the use of watercolour, and a bit ambitiously frogs too. The above is an example of one of the attendees study of an autumnal leaf.
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).