In this episode we take to the skies to see how drone technology is saving time and money for threatened species. We talk to 3 conservationists turned tech heads about a range of projects from monitoring remote threatened species and bird migration to rapid fire reforestation. We’ll hear about their challenges, solutions and vision for the future and its a bright one.
With thanks to those featured:
Blaise Porter, Fujitsu
Aymeric Maudous, Lord of the Trees
Dr. Debbie Saunders, Wildlife Drones
Only one quarter of known Australian threatened species are protected in conservation reserves. Some threatened species are confined to small areas in cities, on farms and along roadsides. Engaging the broader community in conservation efforts is essential to their survival. In this episode we speak to 3 people who are beating the drum for threatened species and bringing the public along for the ride.
Jodi Rowley really loves frogs. Working for the Australian Museum and the University of NSW she is the lead scientist behind the Frog ID APP. Australia has over 240 species of frog which are found nowhere else in the world, some species are flourishing but four have already become extinct. The FrogID APP is a national citizen science project, helping scientists learn more about what is happening to Australia’s frogs. People are recording frog calls on their smartphone in their backyards, schools and farms. Download it and you can't help but start noticing frogs all around.
Matt Blomfield of Gather By provides an opportunity for Growers and farmers to diversify into the honey business without having to know anything about bees. Gather by looks for farmers with 5ha to grow Australian native Leptospermum plants plus bee- fodder plants, for the purpose of generating chemical free, raw bioactive, Manuka- type honeys for local and export markets, while prioritising bee and ecosystem health. Gather By advises the farmers on what to grow and how and then brings along the bees and collects the honey.
Darren Grover is the Head of Healthy Land and Seascapes Leading the Species, Oceans, Science and Impact teams at WWF-Australia. He has been working hard to improve the conservation status of species like the black-flanked rock-wallaby and Carnaby’s black cockatoo in southwest Australia, the Bilby and Gouldian Finch in the Kimberley, southern right whales in the Great Australian Bight, and marine turtles on the Great Barrier Reef. His biggest challenge is inspiring other to care as much about wildlife. His greatest joy is all the volunteers who make a difference.
Standing around the kitchen table in rural communities, talking about Land management can be just as divisive as politics and religion. But biodiversity loss and threatened species is a problem for us all. So how do people work together towards restoration?
In this episode we’re looking at the Australian made Landcare movement. We’ll talk to passionate people working at all levels of the organisation and we’ll hear the secret to their success towards biodiversity and threatened species
People we hear from in this episode:
Adrian Zammit - CEO, Landcare NSW (landcarensw.org.au/staff)
Kylie Durant - Project Manager, Holbrook Landcare (holbrooklandcare.org.au)
Cindy and Steven Scott - Farmers, Scotts Angus (scottsangus.com.au)
To see a list of NSW Landcare threatened species programs visit landcarensw.org.au/saving-our-species-and-landcare-in-nsw
To download the full report on the business case for biodiversity mentioned in this episode visit oecd.org/environment/resources/biodiversity/G7-report-Biodiversity-Finance-and-the-Economic-and-Business-Case-for-Action.pdf
There are so many great ideas out there with the environment at their heart. But how do you take that idea for good and turn it into a business? Many conservationists struggle to put a dollar figure on their environmental values. So in this episode we’re talking to environmental entrepreneurs about the journey of turning their passion into a viable business.
In this episode we hear from:
Sam Marwood, Wild Idea Incubator - www.wildideaincubator.com
Jessie Panazollo - Lonely Conservationist - www.lonelyconservationists.com
Find her book she mentions in the episode at www.bookdepository.com/How-Conserve-Conservationists-Jessie-Panazzolo/9781649692726
David Brook - Wild BnB - www.wildbnb.com.au
See the gliders using David's nesting boxes - www.instagram.com/p/CGgJQxeAxlz
Kate Torgersen and David Flood, EnviroGolf - www.envirogolf.com.au
Hollie Newman and Aimee Bowman, Planet Warrior - www.planetwarrior.com.au
Sharing your passion is infectious. The people in this episode all have a love of Australian plants and animals and they are not shy to share their passion in order to encourage others to get involved.
Guests featured in this episode:
Justin and Pip Jarret - Seesaw Wines
Sam Renzaglia - RenZaglia Wines
Lou Chalmers - Yume Wine
Luke Tilse - Happy Wombat
Check out Luke's wombat onesie - instagram.com/p/B198hAngGiE/
Jo Slupik - Pokolbin and Hunter Distilleries
To see the threatened species mural visit - environment.nsw.gov.au/news/pokolbin-distillery-mural
Mick Roderick - Birdlife Australia
Andi Mether - Zest International
In this episode we’ll hear from scientists, conservationists and farmers sharing their experiences and knowledge around threatened species conservation. We’ll explore how plants and animals deliver significant ecosystem services on farm and why biodiversity is simply good for business.
In this episode we hear from
Nigel Sharp - Founder and Chairman, Odonata
Matt Hayward, Associate Professor of Conservation biology, University of Newcastle
Rich Gilmore - Country Director, The Nature Conservancy
Annette Rypalski - Director of Biodiversity, Odonata
Rob Fenton - Farmer and educator, Green Gate Organic Farm