New Holland Mouse and House Mouse

July 30, 2009 by · 5 Comments
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New Holland Mouse (Pseudomys novaehollandiae) vs House Mouse in an area recovering from wildfire

In June 2009 we did some small mammal trapping at Lake Munmorah State Conservation Area and we trapped within several areas of Wallum heath, a plant community dominated by Wallum Banksia (Banksia aemula).

Wallum Heath

Wallum heath in Munmorah State Conservation Area, pre-fire.

One of the areas of the Wallum heath was burnt in a wildfire in February this year and I suspected that we would find the Read more

Hover and Heli-winching

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Helicopter safe usage in firefighting situations

Helicopters are an extremely valuable resource for firefighting within remote areas of bushland. We regularly train to use helicopters safely, for without safe use helicopters can be very unforgiving. We trained this week with “Park Air 3” one of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Squirrel helicopters. What an excellent machine!

Park Air 3

Park Air 3, National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW Squirrel helicopter

Training using these helicopters involves 3 main courses for the general remote NPWS firefighter; Click here to read more….

BAER Team – Victorian Fires 2009 – Wildlife and Fauna Assessment

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Wildlife and Fauna Assessment – Kilmore Murrindindi Fire – Victoria Fires 2009

Assessing the actions that are critical to the recovery of the animals affected by the Kilmore-Murrindindi Fire was one of the first tasks of the BAER fauna team. The fauna team comprised of Doug Beckers Biodiversity Officer NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Lisa Jameson – Fauna Specialist (US Fish and Wildlife Service), Peter Menkhorst – Victorian Fauna Specialist, Ken Griggs- Fauna Specialist (US Fish and Wildlife Service) and Steve Smith – local Flora and fauna expert, Department of Sustainabililty and the Environment.

Murrindindi - Doug Beckers - Lisa Jameson - Peter Menkhorst - Ken Griggs

Doug Beckers, Lisa Jameson, Peter Menkhorst and Ken Griggs, BAER Fauna Team

Assessing the critical impacts on Fauna and Wildlife is a huge task Read more

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