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Urban Ecology of Sugar Gliders and Nest Box Monitoring in Greater Melbourne

July 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Why are Sugar Gliders an important urban species and how can we monitor them? Join zoologist Richard Francis to learn this and more.

Join Melbourne Water and industry professionals in this live webinar series exploring waterway management and conservation. The series features expert presenters covering ecological and waterway themes to inform and inspire.

Learn about the urban ecology of Sugar Gliders including nest box monitoring projects from zoologist Richard Francis.

Richard has facilitated the installation of over 400 sugar glider boxes through suburban Melbourne in the last three years and the monitoring results are astounding.

Topics will include:

• Sugar Glider distribution

• suitability for biodiversity monitoring projects in Melbourne

• what Sugar Glider presence tells us about local biodiversity values

• information from relevant projects including photos, maps and videos

• background on nest box design and construction including information on how to ensure boxes can be checked from the ground with a pole camera

• where should nest boxes be installed, what are the maintenance requirements and key issues.

A list of useful articles/papers will be provided for those interested in pursuing the topic further.

Richard Francis is a zoologist and botanist with a huge depth of field-knowledge and extensive experience of Victorian, arid-zone NSW and tropical QLD ecosystems.

Richard holds a BSc in Botany and Zoology from La Trobe University and has been working in the ecological management and restoration industry since 1991. Richard has worked as an environmental works consultant and contractor, in local government and in the tertiary education sector as a program coordinator for RMIT University.