Recovering Australian Threatened Species

A Book of Hope

April 2018
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    2nd April 2018
  • ISBN 9781486307418
  • Language English
  • Pages 360 pp.
  • Size 6.625" x 9.625"
  • Images color photos, illus, and maps

Australia’s nature is exceptional, wonderful and important. But much has been lost, and the ongoing existence of many species now hangs by a thread. Against a relentless tide of threats to our biodiversity, many Australians, and government and non-government agencies, have devoted themselves to the challenge of conserving and recovering plant and animal species that now need our help to survive. This dedication has been rewarded with some outstanding and inspiring successes: of extinctions averted, of populations increasing, of communities actively involved in recovery efforts.

Recovering Australian Threatened Species showcases successful conservation stories and identifies approaches and implementation methods that have been most effective in recovering threatened species. These diverse accounts – dealing with threatened plants, invertebrates, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals – show that the conservation of threatened species is achievable: that it can be done and should be done. They collectively serve to inform, guide and inspire other conservation efforts. This is a book of hope and inspiration, showing that with dedication, knowledge and support, we can retain and restore our marvelous natural heritage, and gift to our descendants a world that is as diverse, healthy and beautiful as that which we have inherited.

List of contributors
1: Turning threatened species around – celebrating what we have done well -- Stephen T. Garnett, Peter Latch, David B. Lindenmayer and John C.Z. Woinarski
2: Recovery of Australian subpopulations of humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae -- Peter L. Harrison and John C. Z. Woinarski
3: Eradication of invasive species on Macquarie Island to restore the natural ecosystem -- Keith Springer
4: Management of seabird bycatch leads to sustainable fisheries and seabird populations -- Barry Baker and Graham Robertson
5: Mary’s Famous Five: a story of connection, commitment and community in the recovery of threatened aquatic species in the Mary River catchment, Queensland -- Tanzi Smith and Marilyn Connell
6: Spiny rice-flower – small, unassuming but with many friends -- Vanessa Craigie, Debbie Reynolds, Neville Walsh, Steve Mueck, Liz James, Dale Tonkinson and Pauline Rudolph
7: Saving the Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard -- Michael C. Bull and Mark N. Hutchinson
8: Malleefowl: answering the big questions that guide all malleefowl management -- Sharon Gillam, Tim Burnard and Joe Benshemesh
9: From the brink of extinction: successful recovery of the glossy black-cockatoo on Kangaroo Island -- Karleah Berris, Michael Barth, Trish Mooney, Lynn Pedler, David Paton, Martine Kinloch, Peter Copley, Anthony Maguire, Gabriel Crowley and Stephen T. Garnett
10: Science, community and commitment underpin the road to recovery for the red-tailed black-cockatoo -- Vicki-Jo Russell, Richard Hill, Tim Burnard, Bronwyn Perryman, Peter Copley, Kerry Gilkes, Martine Maron, David Baker-Gabb, Rachel Pritchard and Paul Koch
11: Collaborative commitment to a shared vision: recovery efforts for noisy scrub-birds and western ground parrots -- Allan Burbidge, Sarah Comer and Alan Danks
12: Back from the brink – again: The decline and recovery of the Norfolk Island green parrot (Cyanoramphus cookii) -- Luis Ortiz-Catedral, Raymond Nias, James Fitzsimons, Samantha Vine and Margaret Christian
13: Progress in the conservation of populations of the eastern bristlebird from central coastal New South Wales and Jervis Bay Territory -- David B. Lindenmayer, Chris MacGregor and Nick Dexter
14: Tasmania’s forty-spotted pardalote: a woodland survivor -- Sally Bryant
15: Broadscale feral predator and herbivore control for yellow-footed rock-wallabies Petrogale xanthopus ssp. xanthopus: improved resilience for plants and animals = Bounceback -- Robert Brandle, Trish Mooney and Nicki de Preu
16: Recovering the mountain pygmy-possum at Mt Blue Cow and Mt Buller -- L.S. Broome, D. Heinze and M. Schroder
17: Wild orchids: saving three endangered orchid species in southern New South Wales -- Helen P. Waudby, Matt Cameron, Geoff Robertson, Rhiannon Caynes and Noushka Reiter
18: Population enhancement plantings help save the Tumut grevillea (Grevillea wilkinsonii) -- John Briggs and Dave Hunter
19: The spiny daisy: the disappearance and re-emergence of a unique Australian shrub -- Doug Bickerton, Erica Rees, Tim Field, Amelia Hurren and Christophe Tourenq
20: The path to recovery for the ‘extinct’ Lord Howe Island phasmid Dryococelus australis -- Hank Bower, Nicholas Carlile, Rohan Cleave, C. Haselden, Dean Hiscox and L. O’Neill
21: Against the flow: The remarkable recovery of the trout cod in the Murray-Darling Basin -- Jarod P. Lyon, Mark Lintermans and John D. Koehn
22: Underbelly – the tale of the threatened white-bellied frog (Geocrinia alba) -- Manda Page, Kay Bradfield and Kim Williams
23: Western Swamp Tortoise Pseudemydura umbrina: slow and steady wins the race -- Gerald Kuchling, Andrew Burbidge, Manda Page and Craig Olejnik
24: Twenty-five years of helmeted honeyeater conservation: a government-community partnership poised for recovery success -- Dan Harley, Peter Menkhorst, Bruce Quin, Robert Anderson, Sue Tardif, Karina Cartwright, Neil Murray and Merryn Kelly
25: Bringing back Warru: return of the black-footed rock-wallaby to the APY Lands -- John Read, Peter Copley, Matt Ward, Ethan Dagg, Liberty Olds, David Taggart and Rebecca West
26: Recovery of the mainland subspecies of eastern barred bandicoot -- Richard Hill, Amy Coetsee (nee Winnard) and Duncan Sutherland
27: Arid Recovery; a successful conservation partnership -- Katherine E. Moseby, Peter Copley, David C. Paton and John L. Read
28: Effective conservation of critical weight range mammals: reintroduction projects of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy -- John Kanowski, David Roshier, Michael Smith and Atticus Fleming
29: The contribution of captive-breeding in zoos to the conservation of Australia's threatened fauna -- Dan Harley, Peter R. Mawson, Liberty Olds, Michael McFadden and Carolyn Hogg
30: Mobilising resources for the recovery of Threatened Species -- Samantha Vine, Linda Bell and Allan Williams
31: Reporting on success in threatened species conservation: the national policy context -- Peter Latch
32: More than hope alone: factors influencing the successful recovery of threatened species in Australia -- Stephen T. Garnett, Peter Latch, David B. Lindenmayer, David J. Pannell and John C.Z Woinarski

Stephen T. Garnett

Stephen T. Garnett, Professor of Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University, drafted the first review of Australia's threatened bird species in 1990. He wrote the first Action Plan for Australian Birds in 1992, the second Action Plan in 2000, in association with Gabriel Crowley, and the third, in 2010, with Judit Szabo and Guy Dutson. He and Dr. Gabriel Crowley were jointly awarded the Serventy Medal in 2008. He has studied and written about many threatened Australian bird species, most notably the Golden-shouldered Parrot and the Kangaroo Island Glossy Black-Cockatoo. He helped bring the idea of Important Bird Areas to Australia, and is a Fellow of BirdLife Australia where he serves on the Research and Conservation Committee and has coordinated the Threatened Species Committee since 2003. He is also a Conference-Appointed Scientific Councillor for birds with the Convention on Migratory Species, established the International Union for Biological Sciences working group on taxonomic lists and undertakes research on Indigenous natural-resource based livelihoods, renewable energy and human migration.

Peter Latch

Peter Latch (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy) has many years of experience within government protected area management, biodiversity planning and threatened species conservation agencies, and currently facilitates national recovery planning efforts for many Australian threatened species.

David B. Lindenmayer

Professor David B. Lindenmayer AO has worked as a researcher on Australian farms for more than 23 years. He has a particular interest in improving environmental conditions on farm properties, including protecting remnant native vegetation as well as restoring and replanting it. He specializes in establishing and maintaining ecological large-scale, long-term research and monitoring programs on farms. He has co-authored a number of other books, including Natural Asset Farming and Restoring Farm Woodlands for Wildlife.

John C. Z. Woinarski

John C. Z. Woinarski is a Professor of Conservation Biology at Charles Darwin University. He has been engaged in research, management and policy relating to Australian biodiversity for over 40 years. He is the author of A Bat's End, a co-author of Cats in Australia and The Action Plan for Australian Lizards and Snakes 2017, and co-editor of Recovering Australian Threatened Species.