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Evaluation of bird survey methods and estimators for species inventory in dry sclerophyll forest

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Author(s): Stephen Totterman

A species inventory aims to list all of the species present in an area over some period of time. Complete results are rarely practical and estimators can be applied to predict total species richness. In this study four survey methods were compared in a northern New South Wales dry sclerophyll forest: standardised search, two-hectare search, […]


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An adjustable, lightweight pole system for catching birds in mist nets in the low- to mid-canopy

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Category: Issue 4

Author(s): Andrew Peters, Shane Raidal

Various methods exist for the elevation of mist nets in order to capture canopy birds for study. The use of trees for support enables mist nets to be raised to a great height, though this often limits where a net can be placed. The use of free-standing poles for support can allow mist nets to […]


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Broughton Island, New South Wales

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Category: Issue 4

Author(s): Nicholas Carlile, David Priddel

Broughton Island forms part of Myall Lakes National Park administered by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Offi ce of Environment and Heritage. No entry permit is required.


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Lifespan data for a range of bird species at Taronga Zoo, Sydney, New South Wales

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Category: Issue 4

Author(s): Judith Gillespie

Taronga Zoo has housed a wide range of Australian species in its bird collection over many decades with the collection presently numbering approximately 120 native species. Taronga Zoo now uses networked computer data systems that have incorporated and replaced hand written records. While numerous species are no longer displayed in the zoo’s collection their individual […]


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Book Review – Queensland’s Threatened Animals

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Category: Issue 4

Author(s): Lee Curtis, Andrew Dennis, Keith McDonald, Peter Kyne, Stephen Debus

For the purposes of general information on Australian fauna species, such as basic ecology, distribution, physical characteristics, life-history and protection status, fi eld guides of various quality abound. However, practical resources that provide a detailed yet simple reference for those wishing to participate in conservation, are much more scarce. The stated justifi cation for producing […]


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Book Review – Sentinel Chickens – What birds tell us about our health and the world

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Category: Issue 4

Author(s): Peter Doherty

In 1996, veterinary pathologist Peter Doherty won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his work on how T-cells of the immune system protect against viruses. He was named Australian of the Year in 1997. Sentinel Chickens is his third book after The Beginners Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize and A Light History […]


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Recovery Roundup – Volume 36 Issue 4

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This section is prepared with the co-operation of the Secretary, Australian Bird and Bat Banding Schemes, Australian Nature Conservation Agency. The recoveries are only a selection of the thousands received each year; they are not a complete list and should not be analysed in full or part without prior consent of the banders concerned. Longevity […]


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