Birds of a feather

on 07 Apr 2016 

How impressive are birds? Their habitats and behaviours offer insight into the biodiversity of a region and can signal potential problems with the environment.

Bush Heritage’s science and research program, headed by Dr Jim Radford involves ecologists and scientists on reserve working with land managers as well as research partners to build viable conservation strategies. Working collaboratively improves our skills and capacity and improves outcomes for the conservation of threatened and vulnerable species. Bush Heritage currently protects 55% of Australian bird species, including the endangered Night Parrot.

Further touting the prominence of our research capabilities, Bush Heritage’s important role in the conservation of the Night Parrot and the work of Bush Heritage Fellow, Dr Steve Murphy has created global interest and recently prompted a visit to Queensland by Ornithologist, John Mittermeier.

John was on a short stopover in Brisbane – from a research stint in Makira, Solomon Islands, returning to Oxford for further study. In fact, John is a member of the Bush Heritage Board of Friends of the Australian Bush Heritage Fund (our U.S. entity for U.S. supporters) as well as a professional Ornithologist and holds great interest in Bush Heritage’s Night Parrot Recovery.

John is a currently a doctoral student in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford where his research explores methods to apply big data analytics to challenges in conserving biodiversity and, in particular, endangered species.

He has a life-long interest in ornithology and is especially fascinated by rare and poorly-known species. Following this interest, he has spent time conducting fieldwork on birds in the Guiana Shield of northern South America, eastern Indonesia and as aforementioned, the Solomon Islands.

We can look forward to reading about some of John’s research work in the coming weeks along with sharing some snippets of Bush Heritage’s Night Parrot recovery work.