Bush Heritage Australia
03/25/2017 at 22:52. Facebook
Did you know the word ‘eucalyptus’ refers to a single genus of trees, while ‘eucalypt’ refers to a group of species that belong to multiple genera.

Meanwhile, ‘gum tree’ actually refers to some species of eucalypts that exude a sticky, tannin-like substance called kino, or gum.

So a gum tree isn't always a Eucalyptus tree, a Eucalyptus tree isn't always a gum tree, & a eucalypt can be a...
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Six Things You Should Know About Eucalypts

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Bush Heritage Australia
03/25/2017 at 05:43. Facebook
Can you imagine how exciting a discovery of a surviving Tasmanian Tiger would be? Long odds, but scientists are investigating plausible sightings.

Scientists to search for Tassie tigers in Queensland

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Bush Heritage Australia
03/24/2017 at 22:49. Facebook
Terrific to see Bush Heritage Australia fund-raising directly to tackle #FeralCats and 'change the odds' back to those favouring our Australian animals. The #ThreatenedSpecies Strategy has mobilised over $30 million in support of feral cat control since 2014. But there are millions of #FeralCats doing untold damage in Australia. The bigger the pot of resources to tackle them, the more...
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Wanted: Media & Comms Team Leader. If you're a communications professional who loves conservation & travel to remote areas, this could be your dream job!

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Exciting news for Night Parrot conservation — a new population has been discovered in northern Western Australia!
Well done to birdwatchers Adrian Boyle, Nigel Jackett, George Swann and Bruce Greatwich, who discovered the parrot.

Night parrot sighting in WA shocks birdwatching world

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It's #NationalEucalyptDay & this great article by botanist Sarah Bond will help you imagine life as a Eucalypt. They survive extraordinary conditions & display incredible behaviours in response to changes in their environments.

Visit Eucalypt Australia for a run down of events around the country to celebrate the day: [ Bit.ly Link ]

A Day in the Life of a Eucalypt

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With long pinkish-coloured ears & silky, blue-grey fur, the Bilby has become Australia’s version of the Easter Bunny. Unlike rabbits, Bilby numbers are falling rapidly.

They're believed to have inhabited Australia for up to 15 million years & were once widespread.

We're working with the Martu people to help protect Bilbies in the Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area (WA).

Says our...
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Today is #InternationalDayofForests – as good a time as any to reflect on their importance & perhaps make a time to take a walk in one & reconnect.

Here are some Bush Heritage Reserves you can visit - plan a trip! [ Bit.ly Link ]

International Day of Forests

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This Barking Gecko can lick its own eyes clean! We're a little bit jealous.
Our freshwater ecologist at Edgbaston Reserve (Qld), Rob Wager, regularly conducts an audit of fish numbers for the critically endangered Red-Fin Blue-eye fish. On a recent trip, as he quietly moved among the shallow springs counting fish, something crashed through the spinifex with a guttural squawk.

He jumped & ran, imagining himself consumed by frogzilla! He’d unknowingly gone near a...
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We're for eucalyptus trees & in the lead up to National Eucalyptus Day (on Thur 23 March) Wild Melbourne want to know what eucalypts mean to you.

Let them know using the #EucBeaut17 tag on social media & your memories, stories & photos will be collated into a celebration for the day.

Learn more about National Eucalyptus Day & events to celebrate [ Bit.ly Link ]
This year's organised tours of our conservation reserves have been finalised & include a guided tour of Naree Station, NSW. If you'd like to discover more about the ‘back of Bourke’, join our Reserve Managers David & Sue Akers on Sep 8-10.

This 14,400 ha property is just the right size to explore in a long weekend. It's a patchwork of woodlands, grasslands & ephemeral wetlands supporting a...
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Our partners Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation P/L have been keeping a lid on this magnificent Mulga Snake.
Our freshwater Ecologist Rob Wager has spent his working life slowly ticking various finch species off his list of birds to see, but somehow the Plum-headed Finch eluded him.

After a good growing year at our Edgbaston Reserve, in Qld, he can now tell you how memorable it is to experience an influx of thousands! [ Bit.ly Link ]

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Happy #StPatricksDay!
There are only around 300 endangered Bridled Nail-tail Wallabies left in the wild. But from our Goonderoo Reserve in Central Qld we've been able to help our neighbour at Avocet Nature Refuge & Wild Mob with an innovative way to boost numbers.

1/2 the juveniles don't make it to adults, mostly due to cats, but adults can fend them off. So a 9ha fenced nursery has been built with a clever...
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Murdoch University PhD student Diana Prada with help from volunteers, has been studying the genetics of microbats in Western Australia.

They have trapped, netted and taken samples from more than 250 bats at sites around Perth and in the Mid West, including on Bush Heritage's Charles Darwin Reserve.

Ms Prada said the creatures played a major role in controlling pests for the agricultural...
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Microbats under the microscope as researcher works to boost understanding

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If you're in south-west WA, join us to celebrate the Festival of Birds. A field day tomorrow will showcase our Gondwana Link partnership & include a stop at our Monjebup Reserve ([ Bit.ly Link ] with a talk by Reserve Manager Simon Smale.

We'll also be around at the Symposium on March 17 at the WA Museum in Albany. More details on the festival website:
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Festival of Birds Gondwana Bird & Eco Field Trip

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A Powerful Owl looking as though it lives up to its name!

This species is the largest owl in Australia & native to the forests of east Australia. They can live over 30 years & their main prey are possums.
Fat-tailed. White-tailed. Hairy-footed. Australia’s dunnart species come in all shapes & sizes. They're nocturnal, carnivorous marsupials that are endemic to (only found in) Australia.

The Hairy-footed Dunnart is so small that it lives in the burrows made by spiders & bull ants! More on dunnarts: [ Bit.ly Link ]