KI Dunnarts to receive further support as a recovery team is established
Following the bushfires which greatly impacted the endangered Kangaroo Island Dunnart, a recovery team has been established which will pull together experts and conservation organisations to deliver on-ground actions in a coordinated approach, helping the species recover from the brink.
The recently established KI Dunnart Recovery Team will call upon the expertise of a selection of experts from National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia (NPWS), conservation groups like KI Land for Wildlife, the National Environmental Science Programme, the Australian Government, Zoos SA and the KI Landscape Board.
NPWSSA are also undertaking concurrent work to both monitor for dunnarts and other small mammals, birds, invertebrates and reduce threats in park land on the west of the Island impacted by this summer’s bushfire.
KI Land for Wildlife, who have made huge strides toward helping the plight of the dunnart, will be an integral part of the recovery team working closely with private landholders on the island.
Heidi Groffen from KI Land for Wildlife said that she welcomes the establishment of a recovery team and looks forward to a coordinated approach to help the dunnart as there is much left to do.
“KI Land for Wildlife’s conservation activities to protect the KI dunnart and other threatened wildlife on private lands continues, this includes threat reduction and dunnart monitoring at the Western River Refuge and within Snug Cove’s North West Conservation Alliance and other western KI unburnt bushland properties.” Said Ms Groffen
Jody Gates, the chair of the KI Dunnart Recovery Team, from NPWS, said that the effort to help the dunnart recover requires this large-scale, collaborative effort.
“This is a species that may not survive without a coordinated approach to delivering recovery actions. That's why it's so important to monitor and manage threats in these few sites that are providing a refuge for the remaining dunnarts," said Mr Gates.
Overall, all members of the KI Dunnart Recovery Team will collaborate and co-ordinate work to implement the key priorities identified in the 2011 recovery plan and the 2019 draft conservation advice for the Kangaroo Island Dunnart which will hopefully get the species on the road to recovery.
The KI Landscape Board are also part of the recovery team and have recently started a new three-year project supported through the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund.
Paul Jennings, KI Dunnart Program Manager at the KI Landscape Board, says he looks forward to working with a wealth of talent on the recovery team.
“Following the recovery workshop we held on the KI Dunnart last year it is great to see the dunnarts getting the best support available,” said Mr Jennings.
“A coordinated approach will allow the recovery team to work in an integrated manner helping each other out as we go for the best interests of the KI Dunnart.”
As part of a joint initiative between NPWS, the KI Landscape Board and the Atlas of Living Australia, all of the camera trap photos from the dunnart survey sites are now available on-line for citizen scientists to help look through and identify which animals are present.
If you would like to help out and get involved with a bit of citizen science input, please head on over to https://volunteer.ala.org.au/Bushfire-Recovery-Projects and help us ID some animals.