Emeritus Professor Jim Hone ‘Birds of Namadgi National Park’

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Thursday, 27 June 2024 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Emeritus Professor Jim Hone
Emeritus Professor Jim Hone

Jim, from University of Canberra, will describe a surprising aspect of patterns of smaller birds and larger birds observed at 7 sites over 16 years, along with links of birds and vertebrate pest control in Namadgi to recommend that monitoring of the birds in Namadgi be part of on-going Park management. 

The bird community at seven sites in the eastern part of Namadgi National Park was surveyed each year for 16 years. A total of 92 species was recorded. Two species, the common bronzewing and the starling, increased over the study and six species declined including the scarlet robin. Five Threatened species were recorded. The theoretically expected pattern of many smaller birds and fewer larger birds was observed, with a surprising aspect. Links of birds and vertebrate pest control in Namadgi will also be described. Monitoring of the birds in Namadgi is recommended as part of on-going Park management.

Emeritus Professor Jim Hone, is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Canberra. He studies wildlife population dynamics and management, including conservation. He has published on many Australian birds, such as helmeted honeyeaters, malleefowls, common mynas, and grassland, woodland and forest birds, as well as British birds, such as barn owls and grey herons. Jim has contributed to bird atlas work in Australia, NSW and the ACT.

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