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Bushtracks Autumn 2024

Published 25 Mar 2024

I am eternally curious about our interdependent relationship with natural systems. Sometimes I pinch myself when I encounter our native species: the softness of a pygmy possum, the power of a towering gum, or the vivid colour of parrots charging the canopy. It's this awe and respect that has motivated much of my career and led me to my new role at Bush Heritage.

I join at a critical time for Australia’s rich landscapes and the species that call them home.

The dual crises of biodiversity loss and climate change threaten the natural heritage that so many species, including our own, rely upon to thrive.

In my most recent role at the World Wildlife Fund, I listened to leading scientists from across the globe. Their message was clear: a reduction in human impact on the environment by the close of this decade is vital. So too is the need to protect 30%, or more, of our lands and waters.

We need to act now, and we need to act with ambition and grounded hope.

These two qualities are evident in all who have built Bush Heritage into what it is today and are woven into the fabric of our 2030 Strategy.

Our 2030 Strategy heeds the best available science, embraces right-way science, and recognises the value of collaboration and partnerships. Through the sharing and growth of knowledge, we can bring about lasting impact.

As you will read in this Bushtracks, we're already well on the way to achieving our strategy’s goals. Through the recent acquisition of the largest reserve in our 33-year history, we've made an exciting 20% increase towards doubling the land we actively manage by 2030. This incredible milestone is thanks to the collective might and support of the Bush Heritage family, near and far. Thank you.

As I look to the years ahead, we'll continue to deepen our impact through remarkable collaborations and by implementing best-practice ecological monitoring and fire management.

The time to protect what is too precious to be lost is now. It's a privilege to be joining you all in that ambitious effort.


CEO Rachel Lowry

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Rachel Lowry, Chief Executive Officer.

Stories in this edition

A Brushtail Possum at Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s Mt Gibson Wildlife Sanctuary, Badimia Country, WA. Photo: Brad Leue

BUSHTRACKS 25/03/2024

Possum party

Four hours north-east of Perth, the sight of a Brushtail Possum is one for celebration. It was recorded on a motion-sensor camera, and has been on a very special journey.

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Fire on Yourka Reserve, Jirrbal and Warrungu Country, QLD. Photo: Alistair Hartley

BUSHTRACKS 25/03/2024

Team spark

Teamwork, firebreaks and prescribed burning protects Yourka Reserve.

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Cumberland River and cliffs on Gadubanud Country, VIC. Photo: Luke Nagle

BUSHTRACKS 25/03/2024

My happy place

CEO Rachel Lowry revels in the rolling waves, golden sandstone cliffs, and the dark green of thick gum forest of her happy place.

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Mulla Mulla (Ptilotus exaltatus) at Edgbaston Reserve. Photo: Peter Wallis

BUSHTRACKS 25/03/2024

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who has so generously donated in Autumn 2024 to support our conservation projects.

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Ecologist Dr Donna Belder bird monitoring on Scottsdale Reserve, Ngambri and Ngarigo Country, NSW. Photo: Tad Souden

BUSHTRACKS 25/03/2024

Birdy barometer

One in four woodland-dependant birds are listed as threatened, and their populations are declining. Monitoring sheds light on how we can protect them.

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'The Painted Desert' on Evelyn Downs is located on Yankunytjatjara and Antarkirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara  Country, SA. Photo: Annette Ruzicka

BUSHTRACKS 25/03/2024

Protecting a painted beauty

Many paint our arid regions with a broad stroke and by doing so, obscure their vital intricacies. Thanks to our generous supporters, we can appreciate the diverse desert landscape of Evelyn Downs – our largest-ever reserve and newest acquisition.

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