Webinars

We offer a series of live webinars to introduce supporters to key people and projects around Australia. Below you can catch up with recent presentations.

Species conservation in Australia — the challenge of cats

Sarah Legge, Professor at the Australian National University and a Principal Research Fellow with The University of Queensland. She is a wildlife ecologist with 30 years of research and conservation management experience.

In this webinar, Sarah draws on her 30 plus years of research and conservation management experience to discuss the urgent need for species protection in Australia, focussing on the impact of feral cats. Sarah discusses why cats have been so harmful to Australian wildlife, as well as the historical and ongoing impact of cats on wildlife, human health, and economics.

Although it is hard to remove cats completely, there is lots of positive work to do in large landscapes, towns, and cities. And Sarah will highlight this to show us how we can protect native species.

Celebrating Women in Conservation Breakfast

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In celebration of International Women's Day, together with Trust for Nature Victoria, we were proud to present Australia’s 10th annual Celebrating Women in Conservation Breakfast on 4 March 2021. This was a virtual event with a theme of resilience and crisis recovery. 

Catch up with a full event recording

Yourka Reserve Bush Chat

In this webinar, Paul and Leanne Hales (Healthy Landscape Manager and Volunteer Coordinator) share their stories with you direct from beautiful Yourka Reserve lookout.

Together, they provide an overview of the Einasleigh Uplands from the wet tropics to the tablelands. They will also talk through some of the annual conservation challenges, as well as some of the climate challenges at Yourka Reserve, including the complexities of fire, feral and weed management work on Yourka Reserve, and an update on Siam weed. Watch a video or read more about one of the world’s most invasive weeds.

They also look forward to highlighting some of the success stories, such as Magnificent Brood Frog findings and engagement with key individuals and groups to achieve conservation outcomes.

Seeds of Innovation

Dr Kate Fitzherbert, Science Manager, and Ecologist Dr Matt Appleby, Senior Ecologist, talk about the impacts of heat and drought on Nardoo Hills Reserves and its precious eucalypts. They also discuss the details of our seeds program and the species that it will benefit.

The seeds program showcases Bush Heritage Australia’s creative and lateral thinking to create a more resilient bush through ‘climate-adjusted provenancing’. Kate and Matt explain how they planned, implemented, and then shared with the broader community this special and innovative program.

Wildflowers in the West

In this webinar, Ecologist Angela Sanders and Alex Hams (Healthy Landscape Manager in South West Western Australia) provide an update on Bush Heritage's conservation efforts on the Fitz Stirling Reserves. And Botanist Libby Sandiford  presents  her floral assessment work in the region over the last 5 to 6 years.

Libby shares some of the surprises and her discoveries, including many species that are new to the region. She will also share many photos of the plants recorded and help us get an idea of the incredible diversity in that landscape.

Your Questions Answered: An Interview with Dr Rebecca Spindler

Rebecca Spindler has the best job in the world.  Hayley Sime is working towards hers.

In this webinar, follow the journey of Bec’s career and life in conservation.  Learn about how she, an aspiring physicist, became a PhD student for marsupial reproduction, and then led multi-disciplined teams through administrative and science quandaries.  Hayley will talk to us and Bec, and help to answer some of the questions we have as people who work in the environmental conservation space.

Australian Bushfires Impact and Recovery

A year on from Australia’s worst bushfire season in history, Bush Heritage Australia and WIRES continue to work collaboratively across the conservation sector to help secure the future of all native species.

In this webinar an update is provided by CEO of WIRES Leanne Taylor, Bush Heritage CEO Heather Campbell, Bush Heritage National Fire Program Manager Richard Geddes and WIRES Koala Coordinator Vickii Lett.

While a lot of work remains to be done, we are starting to see signs of recovery, with plants resprouting and native animals returning to the landscape. We are excited to share with you some of the successes you have helped make possible this year and the opportunities to further strengthen bushfire recovery and resilience efforts across Australia and beyond.

Oura Oura, a Place for Inspiration

Bob Brown, Bush Heritage's founder, discusses his vision for Oura Oura as a place for inspiration with Heather Campbell and Judy Gunn – 25 November 2020

Oura Oura, in the Liffey Valley of Tasmania, is where Bob first conceived of Bush Heritage Australia almost 30 years ago. In 2011, Bob generously gifted it to Bush Heritage. Now in 2020, it is where Bob hopes Bush Heritage supporters will find hope and courage for generations to come. 

Aboriginal Partnerships with Cissy Gore-Birch

Take a deep dive with Bush Heritage's Executive Manager for Aboriginal Engagement, Cissy Gore-Birch on Aboriginal Partnerships and right-way science – 19 November 2020

We're proud to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the places in which we live and work. We recognise and respect the enduring relationship they have with their lands and water, and pay our respects to Elders, past and present.

Join Bush Heritage CEO Heather Campbell and Cissy for a conversation about right-way fire, right way science, and some of the key people involved in our important Aboriginal Partnerships work.

How our Fitz-Stirling Reserves Contribute to Sustainable Development Goals

With Alex Hams (Healthy Landscape Manager) and Angela Sanders (Ecologist) in South-west Western Australia – 5 November 2020

Situated on the lands of the Noongar people, our Fitz-Stirling Reserves are a large-scale project to reconnect and restore habitats between the Fitzgerald River and Stirling Range National Parks. In this webinar Alex Hams provides an update on our work in the region, and Angela Sanders, who has worked in the South-west since 1993, will share updates on some ground-breaking conservation projects, including the reintroduction of the Red-tailed Phascogale. Ange has some some brand-new phascogale footage from an unexpected place.

Climate Change in Australia

With Bush Heritage Board President Sue O’Connor – 15 October 2020

Climate Change is having profound impacts on Australia and the world. How do we as individuals, communities and organisations lean in to meet these challenges? In this webinar, Sue focusses on the food, land and water impacts of Climate Change and provides examples of how individuals and organisations are taking action.

How Do You Save a Critical Landscape?

With Bush Heritage Aboriginal Engagement Manager Chontarle Bellottie, and Ecologist, Angela Sanders – 29 September 2020

Chontarle talks about the layers of culture that exists within landscapes. She speaks about cultural landscapes, personal stories about totemic relationships, and the importance of connection to country. Angela talks about the science and alchemy behind protecting critical landscapes and habitats by illustrating the science and research (particularly at Monjebup Reserves) that has occurred recently.

Protecting Habitat for Species in Australia

With Professor Sarah Bekessy and Bush Heritage CEO Heather Campbell – 17 September 2020

Sarah Bekessy is a member of the Bush Heritage board. She also leads the ICON Science research group at RMIT with interdisciplinary approaches to solve complex biodiversity conservation problems. Her areas of focus include understanding human behaviour in conservation and designing cities for ‘every day nature’ experiences.

How Scottsdale contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

With Jody Gunn, Executive Manager for South East Australia, Phil Palmer, Reserve Manager at Scottsdale, and Frank and Ann Ingerwersen, supporters and long-term volunteers – 15 September 2020

Scottsdale Reserve is on the lands of the Ngunawal people, just 45 minutes south of Canberra. This unique property is home to many rare animals and some of Australia’s most threatened temperate ecosystems: endangered grassy box woodlands and temperate grasslands. To add to its magic and ecological significance, wrapped around it is the magnificent Murrumbidgee River.

A year of impact

12 August 2020: Each year we release our Impact Report. In this webinar our President Chris Grubb, CEO Heather Campbell and Head of Science and Conservation Dr Rebecca Spindler discuss our achievements and conservation highlights from the 2019–20 financial year.

How Bon Bon Station contributes to United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals

With Luke Bayley, Executive Manager West and South Australia, Clint Taylor, Reserve Manager at Bon Bon, and Meredith and Tony Geyer, volunteers and supporters based in South Australia: 29 July 2020

Bon Bon Reserve is a former sheep station in the Stony Plains and Gawler Bioregions of South Australia. It's a massive property – at 70km long and 30km across it's roughly the size of Sydney. Hear from our staff on the ground about work on the reserve and how it contributes to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Rising to the (bushfire) Challenge Together

With Dr Rebecca Spindler and Richard Geddes: 19 June 2020

Dr Rebecca Spindler is our Executive Manager, Science and Conservation and Richard Geddes is our National Fire Manager. Share an overview of bushfire damage across Australia, learnings from the most recent fire season, and a discussion on the importance of fire preparedness in readiness for next summer. Be inspired to get back up, get involved, renew our efforts, and rise to the challenge in front of us… together. 

Sustainable Development Goals

With Dr Garry McDonald: 19 May 2020

Dr Garry McDonald is a research entomologist, Bush Heritage volunteer, and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He provides an in-depth look at his work on the Nardoo Hills Climate Ready Revegetation Project; a response to the die-back of Eucalypt species within the Kara Kara Wedderburn region of Victoria.

Australia's role in the global extinction crisis

With Professor Brendan Wintle: 6 May 2020

Brendan is Professor of Conservation Ecology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Australia’s NESP Threatened Species Recovery Research Hub. He provides a summary of the global extinction crisis, including Australia’s prominent and expanding role and the effect of recent bushfires. We also look at co-designing and implementing solutions with private land conservation organisations, Indigenous land managers, developers, and governments.

Hope and resilience in uncertain times

With Richard McLellan: 23 April 2020

Richard McLellan is former CEO of Northern Agricultural Catchments Council and long-term Bush Heritage volunteer. We'll be hearing about his work on our West Australian reserves.