Articles by Damian Alway (7 articles)

Alwal breeding

The first surveys for Alwal (Golden-shouldered Parrots) have begun for 2017 and successfully recorded 12 nests. A team of five Olkola land managers, two University of Queensland researchers and one Bush Heritage ecologist undertook a 10 day trip to Olkola Lands on Cape York at the start of breeding season to conduct nest surveys. The nests were in various stages of advancement from nest tunnels still being dug into termite mounds to fully… Read more »

Mapping cats at Boolcoomatta

Hi! I’m Emily and I'm a science intern here at Boolcoomatta Reserve in the arid rangelands of South Australia. My primary focus over the next two months is to collect data on the distribution of feral cats here. Feral cats are arguably Australia’s most devastating introduced species. They've been linked to the decline and extinction of many birds, reptiles and small mammals. Here at… Read more »

Restoring York gum woodlands in Western Australia

When my husband, Ben, and I decided to make the move to WA I was in the middle of searching for a research topic stimulating enough to study for three or more years so I could start a PhD. I’d explored several topics and spoken to potential supervisors but nothing had grabbed my attention enough to commit to another three years of study (at least). We… Read more »

Nantawarrina Indigenous Protected Area - ‘warndu mai’

The Adnyamathanha people are the Traditional Owners of the lands extending from the far north Flinders Ranges in South Australia to Boolcoomatta Station Reserve near Broken Hill. In 1998 the Nantawarrina Indigenous Protected Area (IPA), which covers 58,000 hectares of their land, was the first indigenous protected area to be declared in the country. Bush Heritage Australia has been working in partnership with the Nantawarrina Ranger group to monitor weeds and… Read more »

Tracks in the sand

Since our quarterly newsletter was renamed Bush Tracks staff on the ground have been briefed to keep an eye out for prints to use in the masthead. Ecologist Vanessa Westcott sent these in from our Eurardy Reserve in the mid-west of WA. Can you guess which animal made them? Read more »

Warddeken rock art photo exhibition

During National Reconciliation Week a unique photo exhibition is being hosted in Melbourne at Trinity Grammar in Kew, curated by our partners in the Arnhem Plateau - Warddeken Land Management. Update – the exhibition will show at the following galleries: 6-26 July 2014: Photonet gallery (15a Railway Place Fairfield / upstairs from Beancounters coffee shop opposite Fairfield Railway station) from where it will be opened… Read more »