Glideways Symposium

Glider Conservation, Knowledge, Practice and Collaboration in Central Victoria

Seymour, Victoria, 18 March 2016

Glideways Symposium

Background to the Symposium

The Glideways Symposium was part of a larger and on-going Glideways program aimed at the conservation of gliders along the Great Eastern Ranges. CVBA is a regional delivery partner of the Great Eastern Ranges and received funding from the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife to run this forum and provide funding to CVBA member groups for on-ground glider conservation activities.
> Download the Glideways Symposium introductory report here
> Download a Summary of the topics covered in the Symposium here

Proceedings of the Symposium

Presentations at the Symposium covered a wide range of topics around glider biology, management and monitoring, and community engagement.  Each presentation has been developed into a report by Dr Peter Mitchell based on each speaker’s slides, a video of their presentation, and their feedback on draft transcripts.  Photos were provided by each speaker; photographers are only acknowledged in the presentations where requested by the speakers.  Presentations are listed below with a pdf of the accompanying report.

Part 1:  Glider ecology and conservation 101

1.     Gliding Possums:  Ecology and Management:  Associate Professor Ross Goldingay (Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW) used his wide experience to discuss the different species of gliders, their conservation status and ways to restore habitat based on their diet, use of nest hollows and ability to travel through fragmented habitat.  He described his experiences using particular tools for glider conservation including nest boxes and highway crossings.
> Download presentation 1 pdf here

2.     Squirrel Gliders in Agricultural Landscapes:  Mason Crane (Australian National University, Canberra) described his studies of Squirrel Gliders in the south-west slopes of NSW.  His studies provide valuable information on habitat use and preferences in fragmented environments that could be used as a basis for glider management in other places and other species.  Mason also provided ideas for an approach to glider conservation for further discussion:  2b  Conservation of Squirrel Glider:  a SWOT analysis and ten points for action.
> Download presentation 2 pdf here
> Download presentation 2b pdf here

3.     Research to inform management and restoration works for squirrel gliders:  Dr. Kylie Soanes (University of Melbourne) began with a summary of the ways we can monitor and learn about gliders and the effectiveness of our conservation efforts.  She then used her PhD studies of highway crossings in north-east Victoria as a case study of a monitoring program using a variety of methods to evaluate the success of the crossings.
> Download presentation 3 pdf here

Part 2:  Lessons and inspiration from glider projects

4.    Keeping gliders surviving in an urbanizing landscape:  Sam Niedra (Coordinator, Albury Conservation Company) described the roles that Albury Conservation Company has taken in conserving Squirrel Gliders in Thurgoona/Wirlinga area in the urban growth corridor of Albury near the freeway bypass of Albury.  The roles of the group cover research, on-ground works and community engagement, and includes the Squirrel Glider Urban Nest box Project
> Download presentation 4 pdf here

5.     Glideways – Kanagra to Wyangala:  Mary Bonet (Partnership Facilitator, Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala Link, Great Eastern Ranges Initiative) spoke about the achievements of a large program to build the Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala Link, a project that is part of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative.  Restoring the Glideways is a project focusing on glider conservation and awareness across the  K2W Link.  The project is a partnership with many community groups and agencies and includes baseline surveys of gliders and people, habitat management and a large effort to raise awareness of gliders in the local community including a teaching package – Wildlife Corridors for Kids – developed as part of the project.
> Download presentation 5 pdf here

6.      Nest boxes in the Lurg Hills – what have we learnt? Lessons from the Regent Honeyeater Project – 20 years of nest boxing. Ray Thomas (Coordinator, Regent Honeyeater Project, Benalla) spoke about the gliders and phascogales of the Lurg Hills east of Benalla.  The combination of corridors and nest boxes have provided opportunities for populations to grow and disperse and also opportunities to study habitat preferences.
> Download presentation 6 pdf here

Part 3:  Community-driven glider projects in Central Victoria

7.      Lambing Gully Road Project:  Janet Hagen (Coordinator, Whiteheads Creek Landcare Group and Strathbogie Ranges CMN) described the creation of a corridor link and nest box installation along Lambing Gully Road near Seymour, a part of the wider Granites to Goulburn Biolinks Project by the Strathbogie Ranges CMN with Whiteheads Creek Landcare Group.
> Download presentation 7 pdf here

8.      Protecting and enhancing woodland habitat in Victoria’s central west:   John Boadle  (Facilitator, Kara Kara CMN) described the many projects being done by Kara Kara CMN to enhance the habitat for many species, including the creation of habitat and corridor links for Sugar Gliders in the Kara Kara area.
> Download presentation 8 pdf here

9.      Nest box programs in the Broken Boosey and Whroo Goldfields:  Janice Mentiplay-Smith (Facilitator) and Orlando Talamo (President, Whroo Goldfields CMN) spoke about the groups “1000 Hollows” project being run in the Whroo Goldfield area of the Goulburn Broken catchment.  The group has erected 787 boxes for gliders and phascogales so far, and these have been very thoroughly monitored with positive results.
> Download presentation 9 pdf here

10.      Biolinks and boxes in a busy borough:  Colin Cook (Friends of Brisbane Ranges) described the mix of reserves and farmland and the growth of commuters across the landscape west of Melbourne, and the efforts of several groups to develop Biolinks in this landscape.  He also spoke of the work of the Friends group and its many partners to assess the impact of bushfires on fauna using cameras and nest boxes, and how to use this data to answer questions about the local fauna.
> Download presentation 10 pdf here

11.      Monitoring Squirrel Gliders along creeks in two rural towns in northern Victoria:  Lance Williams (Out of the Woodlands Environmental Consultancy) outlined the results of 3½ years of spotlight surveys to assess the value of the habitat and the restoration work done by the Honeysuckle Recreational Environment Project in Violet Town and the Friends of the Sevens in Euroa on Squirrel Gliders.
> Download presentation 11 pdf here

12.      Gliders in the Longwood Plains:  Robbie Hodges (Longwood Plains Catchment Management Network) described the work that has been done to enhance the natural environment of the Longwood Plains since the bushfires of 1965, including extensive corridor plantings.  The group has recently installed nest boxes to provide habitat and to monitor gliders along the corridor.

13.      Nest boxes at the Winton Wetlands:  Lisa Farnsworth (Friends of Winton Wetlands) reported on the activities of the Friends group in helping with restoration and community engagement in the Wetlands, and particularly on the nest box work being carried out in the Reserve to enhance the habitat and monitor the species that use nest boxes.
> Download presentation 13 pdf here