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Wildlife in the Cities
Do you share your roof with a brush tailed possum or do flying foxes munch on your fruit trees? Perhaps you are a serial feeder of rainbow lorikeets or delight in the choruses of magpies, currawong, kookaburras and butcher birds while lamenting the loss of tiny silver eyes and blue wrens and wincing at the ravages of road kill you pass on your drive to work.

For better or for worse, some of our native fauna have managed to find a niche for themselves in our sprawling cities and suburbs while others have simply faded away.

Professor Darryl Jones from Griffith University has published widely on the interactions of people and wildlife in urban settings.  He is joined by colleagues from a range of Australian Universities and environmental groups in presenting a series that looks at the often uneasy relationship city dwellers have with their native neighbours.

  The amazing Compton Road Fauna Crossing
Please click here to access this series which has been included in the Creative Conservation Category

  Griffith University: National Birdbath project
This series has been included in the Citizen Science Category. Please click here.

  Who feed the wildlife - and why? (series)
Some say we may
others insist we MUST NOT
nevertheless it seems
we do
and we will continue to do so
and not merely a few of us to boot.

A new kind of bookmaker
Professor Darryl Jones, urban ecologist from Griffith University, explores some of the background motivations and the eventual publishing machinations of his book The Birds at My Table. Right from the beginning Professor Jones had a strong motivation to write the book. He thought it was an important topic that needs to be discussed in great detail by everybody, not just scientists or academics. He also wanted to tell Australians what was really going on with bird feeding because it was a controversial issue. 

  Common (Indian) Myna birds
Clearing the bush has created Myna (and Miner) heaven - but are they really the environmental disasters their mythical reputations portray?

  Brash city brawlers: Rainbow Lorikeets
The Rainbow Lorikeet, a coastal eucalypt forest inhabitant, has become one of the few native birds that have successfully survived intense urbanisation, and urbanisation is probably their unintentional saviour.

  Road sense for small birds
Associate Professor Darryl Jones, from Griffith University, looks at the ecological impacts of roads which dissect the lands and habitats of creatures and measures which can reunite them.

  Koala Crossroad
An exciting and successful strategy to provide koalas with safe crossing under (or over) main roads being rolled out in Redlands, Brisbane.
Please click here to access the file which has been included in the category Road Ecology - a fancy name for Road Kill.

  Magpie swoops
The who, when, where and possibly why of this bold, breeding behaviour.

  The Brush Turkey - another successful urban survivor
They're not just survivors - they are success stories even in Sydney's suburban backyards

  Bandicoots, Brush Turkeys and Swamp Wallabies
Why Bandicoots, Brush Turkeys and Swamp Wallabies are reappearing in bushland and backyards in Sydney’s north. - the success of councils' fox control.

  Suburban sanctuaries the NZ way
How a successful New Zealand model of reclaiming island ecologies is being transplanted to urban environments.

  Saving the Kereru in New Zealand
Associate Professor Darryl Jones from Griffith University talks about another New Zealand success story, this time a native pigeon called the Kereru.

  Ravens and crows: black, beautiful and very, very bright
While ravens and crows generally receive a ‘bad press’, they are some of the most fascinating and brightest of birds.

  City dwelling Birds of Prey
One group of larger native species that is making an 'urban comeback' is the birds of prey – both daytime and night hunters.

  The not so Sacred Ibis
NOTE: growing research about the White Ibis is presented in the Citizen Science category of this website. Please access by clicking hereThis native ibis have always been around farms and grasslands but in the last couple of decades they have moved into inner city areas and have earned a reputation as an unwelcome scavenger.

  How well are native aquatic reptiles surviving in urban environments?
Darryl Jones discusses projects by two of his Honours students that examined the survival of two of our common aquatic reptiles - freshwater turtles and water dragons.

  Where have our small mammals gone?
Small native mammals are among the sensitive creatures that disappear with the first signs of urbanisation. When we clear the bush for the next suburbs, the local animals don’t just move to the next patch of bush. By and large they die. They simply go locally extinct.

  How drought affects wildlife in the cities

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