Our team has been growing lately and we are excited to introduce you to the newest member of our Biodiversity team – Lynsey Allen!
Lynsey grew up in a town called Bolton in the UK, came to Australia as a backpacker in 2009, and arrived in Geraldton in 2011 to work for “a while”. Like many others, Lynsey was drawn in by the diversity – namely the wildflowers, changing landscapes, and oceanfront living – and has called the Northern Agricultural Region her home ever since.
Growing up with an interest in plants, animals, threatened species, and natural resources planted the seed for Lynsey and from there, her passion grew. During her travelling years, Lynsey would research how she could best reduce her environmental impact as a tourist, and this way of thinking led to pursuing her interest and getting into the conservation industry!
Lynsey has worked in Environmental Health since the early 2000s, and in 2012 completed a Diploma in Environmental Monitoring and Conservation and Land Management.
“Completing TAFE led me to work for TAFE doing groundwater testing and teaching classes to Certificate III students,” said Lynsey.
“This then led me into working as the Team Leader for the Green Army Project, a government project scheme completing local conservation works with young people in Geraldton.”
Joining the team as a Biodiversity Project Officer, Lynsey will be mainly working on the Carnaby Cockatoo Project, and Gnow or Never Malleefowl Monitoring. So far, she has been involved in the Sustainability Goodness Festival, Chapman River Interactive walks, a Bird Photography Workshop, and tree planting days with communities.
Going forward, Lynsey is looking forward to seeing the outcomes of our Carnaby monitoring project, after seeing some newly hatched baby chicks and eggs in hollows last month.
“As we continue to monitor these areas, I hope to see the species thrive in the area and hopefully see the positive impact that installing artificial hollows has on the birds,” said Lynsey.
“I know how much knowledge and passion has gone into this project and I think it will be great for all involved to see their visions come to life.”
For anyone looking into working in the conservation industry, Lynsey says the environment always needs more passionate people to care for it, and doing that work is very rewarding!
“No matter what your work or volunteer activity is on a day-to-day basis, you know that it all comes down to doing the best for the environment and the future of your region.”