Michael Mulvaney and Chris Davey ‘Gang-gang nesting ecology’

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Thursday, 23 June 2022 - 12:30pm
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Gang-gang nestling 2022 0123 Helen Cross DSCN8171

Chris and Michael will reveal how citizen science research by hundreds of Canberrans has contributed to the scientific and wider understanding of Gang-gangs and how this research is to be continued with a focus on trying to answer why the Gang-gang numbers have been stable here, but declined in other places.


Arguably the residents of Canberra have contributed the most to the scientific and wider understanding of Gang-gang nesting requirements, nest predator and hollow competitor interactions, and breeding timelines and success rate. Chris Davey and Michael Mulvaney will detail the results of this citizen science research, by hundreds of Canberrans and reveal how this research is to be continued with a focus on trying to answer the question why Gang-gang numbers in the Canberra area have been stable over the last 30 years where in most other places they have suffered significant declines.


Michael Mulvaney is a former Government ecologist. Red Hill is the centre of Michael’s universe and he became involved in Gang-gang citizen research when a nest site was discovered on Red Hill and he wanted to know how important this nesting site may be.

Chis Davey, a former CSIRO Research Officer of vertebrate pest and conservation issues, has been overseeing citizen science research into the Gang-gang since this parrot was chosen as the focus of activity during the Canberra Ornithological Groups 50th year celebration in 2015.

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