National Malleefowl & WA Threatened Species Forum

6 – 10 September 2021

This forum will provide opportunities for presenters and attendees to network and discuss the priorities of current national, state and regional threatened species strategies!

We hope to create a space to share information on activities and interventions, science and solutions for protecting and recovering Australia’s threatened plants and animals. This year will mark the first time the National Malleefowl Forum has been held in conjunction with the WA Threatened Species Forum, presenting an opportunity for national exposure and shared learning!

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Full program of activities from 6 September until 10 September. Customise your experience by selecting which dates and activities you engage with, choosing from:

  • Malleefowl Habitat Field Trip: Monday 6 September
  • Conference Sundowner: Monday 6 September
  • Conference days: Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 September
  • Conference Dinner: Wednesday 8 September
  • Abrolhos Islands Field Trip: Friday 10 September

 

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Full Access
  • Monday 6 September to Friday 10 September
  • A$400.00
  • Includes access to all aspects of the event including three days of conference, both field trips, the sundowner and the dinner.
3 Day Access
  • Tuesday 7 September to Thursday 9 Sept
  • A$170.00
  • Includes access to Monday night sundowner, conference days Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Field trips and dinner are extra – please add separately.
2 Day Access – You Choose the Dates
  • Your choice of dates
  • A$120.00
  • Includes access to the Monday night sundowner, and your choice of two of the conference days. Field trips and dinner to be booked separately – please add separately.
Abrolhos Islands Field Trip
  • Friday 10 September
  • A$150.00
Malleefowl Field Trip
  • Monday 6 September
  • A$80.00
Dinner
  • Wednesday 8 September
  • Nukara Farm – Includes complimentary return coach from Wintersun Hotel and Batavia Coast Conference Centre
  • A$50.00
Virtual Attendance Ticket now available!
  • Tuesday 7 September to Thursday 9 Sept
  • A$150.00

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Meet the Speakers!

Bronte van Helden is the Regional Ecologist at South Coast Natural Resource Management and has recently submitted her PhD for examination. Her PhD investigated the conservation value of urban landscapes for Australian native mammals, with a focus on the role that residential gardens have for wildlife conservation. For the last five years Bronte has been particularly interested in the ecology and conservation of the critically endangered western ringtail possum and has conducted research and been involved in multiple community group-led projects that aimed to help conserve this threatened species. Bronte will be discussing gaining a greater understanding of the distribution of the western ringtail possum and the species’ response to recovery actions through strong regional partnerships. You can catch this talk on Wednesday 8 September under the ‘Taking Action’ theme!

 

Dr. Chris Surman is a marine ecologist, photographer, and author. He has spent the past 35 years exploring the Houtman Abrolhos, and the last 30 years studying the impacts of ocean warming upon seabird behaviour in WA. He has published numerous scientific papers and magazine articles, and his photographs have appeared in BBC Natural History, Canadian Wildlife, Landscope, Australian Geographic, and Nature Australia. More recently, he has pioneered seabird tracking in Western Australia using micro GPS units. His work has been presented around the globe, including the UK, USA, Canada, and South Africa. In 2019 he published the critically acclaimed book: Houtman Abrolhos: A Natural History.

You can catch Chris’ presentation ‘Seachange: Looking at the Indian Oceans future through a threatened seabird the Lesser Noddy’ on Tuesday 7 September under the topic ‘Changing Seas’.

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Vicky Hartill is a passionate environmental educator with over a decade of experience in local government. Working with the City of Cockburn since 2008 she has helped build the City’s environmental education program. Vicky has always had a strong passion for wetlands, completing her honours in wetland salinity in 2005 at Murdoch University. Vicky was the winner of the AAEE WA Environmental Educator of the Year award in 2013.

Anthony Santoro is a PhD candidate at Murdoch University conducting research on the southwestern long-necked turtle in the Swan Coastal Plain. Using a variety of methods including radio telemetry, nest site surveys, and predator prevention devices he has been assessing the impacts urbanisation and climate drying may be having on the species. Using this knowledge Anthony has collaborated with local and state governments to protect this species. Anthony completed his honours in 2017 and received the Kellenberger Gawanab Prize in 2015.

Vicky and Anthony are discussing long neck turtle conservation in an urban landscape on Tuesday, 7 September under the ‘Collaboration’ topic.

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Deon Utber is the Regional Leader Conservation with the DBCA Parks and Wildlife Service South Coast Region. Mt Utber has been in this role since 2009 and is responsible for the overall management of DBCAs Conservation Program on the south coast. Previous to this role, Mr. Utber has worked for a number Regional Natural Resource Management Groups in biodiversity and program delivery. In his current role Mr. Utber undertakes strategic planning, project development and regional level management for the achievement of conservation outcomes for threatened species, nature protection, protected area management and control of threatened processes such as Phytophthora dieback, feral animals, environmental weeds and altered fire regimes. Mr. Utber has a passion for the environment and enjoys the opportunities his position provides to appreciate first-hand the natural wonders of the unique south coast biodiversity.

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Stella Shipway will be presenting with The Birriliburu Rangers who work on the Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in the Little Sandy and Gibson Deserts of Western Australia. Birriliburu Traditional Owners were granted native title to 6.7 million hectares of their country in 2002 and in 2013 the Birriliburu IPA was declared. An Indigenous ranger program was established, employing locals from Wiluna and surrounding areas, to keep Country strong and protect culturally and ecologically significant plants and animals. The Birriliburu Rangers lead land management activities on the IPA including managing fire, monitoring threatened species and feral predators, managing weeds and controlling large feral herbivores. This presentation will be included under the ‘Collaboration’ theme on Tuesday, 7 September.

 

 

Nicole Lincoln, Natural Resource Management Officer for Geographe Bay Catchment Council is delivering a 5-year innovative Responsible Pet Ownership behavioural change project using Community Based Social Marketing methodology to help protect the critically endangered Western Ringtail Possum!With over 20 years in both government and private agencies, Nicole has experience working with community interest groups to bring about environmental change, and collaboration between key stakeholders. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science and her working experience includes environmental management, responsible pet ownership initiatives Pets Away, Possums Play (My Pet, My Community), wetland management, Land for Wildlife, fauna and flora surveys, school education programs and more recently behavioural change projects within the South West.

Nicole will be presenting on ‘Fostering responsible pet ownership using behavioural change methodlogy to reduce injury and death to the critically endangered Western Ringtail Possum’ on Wednesday 8 September.

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Jessica Keem completed her Master of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne in 2020. Here, she researched fox control for the Malleefowl Adaptive Management Predator Experiment. Specifically, Jessica evaluated management outcomes by comparing fox activity via camera traps, and fox density from scat genetic analysis. Since researching malleefowl, she has become an active member of the Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group. You can catch Jessica presenting on fox control at malleefowl adaptive management sites on Wednesday, 8 September under the theme of ‘Malleefowl Now’.

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Krystyna Jordan is a threatened species officer for the Department of Planning and Environment, Ecosystems and Threatened Species team, in NSW. Krystyana has worked for the NSW government for the last 5-years on state-level threatened-species conservation programs and worked in applied conservation research for over 11 years at an international level. She has a passion for improving scientific knowledge and conservation outcomes through improved scientific rigor whilst using emerging technologies.

You can see Krystyna on Thursday 9 September under the ‘Driving Change’ topic, talking about using drones to survey Malleefowl mounds!

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Brett Backhouse is an experienced field ecologist with a demonstrated history of working in conservation and environmental industries. He is skilled in conservation biology, ornithology biodiversity and environmental science, and began working with Alinytjara Wilurara Landscape Board in 2016. Much of Brett’s work is focused on threatened species, such as malleefowl, sandhill dunnarts, and black-flanked wallabies, with attempts focusing on alleviating threatening processes and reintroductions where possible. All of his work is also in conjunction with Aboriginal Rangers and Traditional owners.

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Ryan Carter is currently researching the Abrolhos Painted Button-quail and its conservation for his Masters by Research project. Ryan completed his undergraduate at ECU in 2020. Ryan has a fascination for islands and their biodiversity and the processes that threaten them. Birds and reptiles are his main interests, through volunteering and some consulting work he has been able to study a range of Western Australia’s fascinating wildlife.Ryan will be presenting on the conservation of the Abrolhos Painted Button-quail on Tuesday 7 September under the topic ‘Changing Seas’.

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Kathryn Sinclair has worked for the Great Victoria Desert Biodiversity Trust since its inception in 2014, developing projects to increase knowledge and protection of threatened species in the desert. Prior to working with the Trust, Kathryn worked on projects such as the Kimberly Science and Conservation Strategy (Premier and Cabinet), Perth Natural Resource Management Strategy (Perth NRM) and overseas in Timor-Leste on marine conservation.

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Blair Parsons has been involved in ecological research, management and consultancy across much of Western Australia for over 20 years. As Science and Planning Manager at Greening Australia, Blair leads a wide range of ecological restoration, threatened species, biodiversity and carbon offset and conservation planning projects and contributes to business development, strategy and research direction across Australia’s Great Southern Landscapes. Prior to joining Greening Australia, Blair led an ecological consultancy team in the conduct of biodiversity surveys, threatened species monitoring programmes, environmental impact assessments and biodiversity offsets. Blair’s experience includes research related to threatened species, landscape planning and design, fire management, introduced predators, reintroductions and monitoring and evaluation.

Blair will be discussing the restoration of Malleefowl habitat at Gondwana Link on Thursday 9 September under the ‘Driving Change’ theme.

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Stevi Filipowski has been part of at the Yongergnow Malleefowl Centre team for about twelve months. Part of her role is networking with other Malleefowl conservation groups and organisations to better achieve the ultimate goal of better understanding Malleefowl and how to save this amazing bird. Stevi lives in Borden and also works as a natural resource management officer, while also working on a cropping and sheep farm. Before moving to Borden, Stevi was working as a marine biologist/tour guide at the Shark Bay Aquarium and dive tour company. Her background and passion are Zoology; in particular genetics. Being employed in both the Malleefowl Centre and North Stirlings Pallinup Natural Resources has allowed Stevi to pursue her passion and work towards achieving an array of goals.

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Dr. Amanda Bourne is a project officer with NACC NRM in Geraldton, where she is responsible for community consultation and technical review of the regional natural resources management strategy for the Northern Agricultural Region.

Amanda will be discussing the role of a regional NRM plan in threatened species conservation under the ‘Collaboration’ topic on Tuesday, 7 September.

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Michael Smith is the southwest Regional Ecologist for the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. His role includes the management of wildlife and a team of ecologists at four sanctuaries in south-western Australia. In addition to a range of monitoring and survey programs, Michael oversees the reintroduction of a number of native mammal species to the sanctuaries. Michael is delivering an online session about managing threatened wildlife in south western Australia on Tuesday 7 September within the ‘Managing Threats’ sphere.