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Webinar: Urban ecology of Sugar Gliders and nest box monitoring in Greater Melbourne

Learn from zoologist Richard Francis about the urban ecology of Sugar Gliders, including nest box biodiversity monitoring projects in Melbourne. 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. This webinar was recorded on 23 July, 2020.

13 October 2020
Audio described version

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Topics covered in this webinar 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 easily be checked from the ground with a pole camera 
  • where should nest boxes be installed, what are the maintenance requirements and key issues.


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About the presenter

Richard Francis is a zoologist and botanist with a huge depth of field-knowledge and extensive experience of Victorian, arid-zone New South Wales and tropical Queensland 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.

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