The WildCountry Science Council has just completed a tour of the Link’s Fitz-Stirling area, which provided an excellent cross-fertilisation of ideas and knowledge. The visit included a low-level fly over of key properties, which included Henry Nix spotting this malleefowl nest from the air, and nearly killing himself (literally) falling off a dam bank as he narrowed the search on the ground (did we know the nest was there all the time?). Henry recovered well, and though bruised and battered managed to stay with us for the rest of the trip, along with colleagues, Virginia Young, Jann Williams, Harry Recher, Richard Hobbs and Wilderness Society staffers Simon Judd and Charles Roche, and Greenings Nathan McQuoid. A ‘peer-review’ session of the program was held on Cowboy Country, where there seemed to be agreement that we were proceeding well and sticking to the fundamentals of good science. And then Michael Soule added: “It’s mind boggling for a biologist to be here. This is one of the most extra-ordinary places in the world.”
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© Raana Scott - Carnaby cockatoo in flight, flame grevillea