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#UrbanEcology also plays a key role in forming and maintaining meaningful connections with nature. Maintaining these through adolescence is crucial to #conservation and tackling our environmental issues and the #BiodiversityCrisis. @NSWEducation #ScienceWeek Image
Our recent research showed that primary kids in #Sydney were more connected to nature than kids in high school… Also, girls were more connected than boys, and were more likely to volunteer for #conservation.
Read more about this work, and what can be done to tackle the adolescent dip in connection with nature, here in @ConversationEDU:…
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#CitizenScience allows Taronga & collaborators to collate valuable ecological data over scales that would be difficult to achieve through traditional methods. Another plus? It also means that you can get directly involved in Taronga #Science! #ScienceWeek Image
The #brushturkey project is a great example of this… Taronga's Dr John Martin & Dr Alicia Burns & their collaborators were finalists in the 2020 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Innovation in #CitizenScience. Go team! #ScienceWeek Image
While accolades are nice, significant ecological insights are the main outcome. These apps are a gift that keeps on giving, and recently Taronga joined forces with partners to combining them into an all new @BigCityBirds app. Image
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Day 4 of #ScienceWeek, and we’re following in the wingbeats of Dr John Martin (@Wingtags) from Taronga’s #ConservationScience team. Taronga’s terrestrial ecologist focuses on #UrbanEcology #CitizenScience. Image
From #binchickens to dumpster-diving #cockatoos, Taronga's #UrbanEcology work is rich and varied. Take a peak at some of these collaborative #CitizenScience projects and their outcomes in today’s #ScienceWeek threads. Image
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Later in #ScienceWeek, we’ll be hearing from Taronga’s Terrestrial Ecologist, Dr John Martin (@Wingtags), and his collaborators’ work in #urbanecology, but his focus at the human-wildlife interface means #humanwildlifeconflict is on John’s radar too. Image
The 4 #flyingfox species in mainland #Australia predominantly roost in urban areas (42–59%). And as such they are exposed to a number of threats.… .
Dr Martin’s work with @batslab, @CES_UNSW, @CSIRO on #flyingfoxes demonstrated that while they are threatened, they are not effectively conserved.
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Welcome to the inaugural #UrbanWildlifeWednesday! Today we're talking about one of my favorite urban adapters, the #Raccoon, AKA #TrashPandas!
#SciComm #ScienceTwitter #UrbanEcology
#Raccoons are incredibly successful in cities, being ubiquitous across North America, and, unfortunately, successfully invading countries where they've been introduced, like Europe and Japan. Raccoon holding onto the ladder on the back of a garbage tru
And we all know that #raccoons are #smart...right? While there's a ton of anecdotal reports of raccoons engaging in what we'd call intelligent behavior, usually in the search for food, we actually don't know how truly smart they are. Raccoon climbing out of trash can with food bag in their mou
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Eco-restoration of Thazhambur Wetland

"Very often we find that passion determines eco-restoration programmes, but what is also important is the science of it" (1/n)

#wetlands #chennai #restoration
With support from Hinduja Foundation, we embarked on a project to restore and conserve the Thazhambur #wetland and foster responsible use and management of #water resources by local communities on the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle (2/n)
Eco-restoration efforts has resulted in the total recovery and restoration of 30.6 ha of water spread area, consolidation of 1.2 km of the tank bund and increasing wetland holding capacity by 5.3 million c ft of water over 16.46 million c ft existing capacity.

#wetlands #water
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This is my first time teaching our new #online topics in #biology course for #masters students. Our focal theme this semester: #UrbanEcology & #urban #evolution.

We are on our 4th seminar & paper discussion (fascilitated by @perusall !) and some of the side-convos coming up are excellent! Like...

🏙️#CitizenScience: how to standardize, do it ethically, and communicate with the public?
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🏙️#Sex biases in the individuals studied in the lab & field. Why is it more often males of a species? What data are we missing because of that bias? 🤔
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I am beyond thrilled to share our new paper in Science today, "The ecological and evolutionary consequences of systemic racism in urban environments". #urbanecology #BlackLivesMatter @aaas @BEcologists @BlackAFinSTEM @uwearthlab @UWEnvironment @uwtacoma…
Written with an awesome team of co-authors, @MaxRLambert @_kdyson @fuetra88 @DrSimoneDr @technodowser @danica_miller and Nyeema Harris, we explore in detail how government-sponsored racism and classism, through redlining, displacement, etc., impact eco-evo processes
We make a call to action to the scientific and global community alike to address, reconcile, and interrogate systemic racism, classism, sexism, Indigenous rights, etc., because these forms of structural violence are devastating the natural world…
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Biodiverse cities = healthy cities but how do we encourage wildlife to thrive?
#urbanEcology can help us decide where to prioritise resources for nature.🌿
In 2018 we showed how @cityofmelbourne can use #connectivity theory as a planning tool:
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All animals need to move for the same reasons as people🍔🏕️💑
But resources are fragmented across city-scapes, with barriers in between.
Ecological connectivity quantifies how easy it is for an animal to move around the landscape & where to place new connections.
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We use Spanowicz & Jaeger 2019 method to quantify the degree of habitat fragmentation across a landscape.
Habitat patches are connected if they are within a reasonable distance for that animal to cross, AND are not separated by a barrier. 🛣️🏫
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Look at this absolute chonker of a tiger salamander larave (aka sallywog) my awesome interns found! #UrbanEcology Image
Also, I understand that some people don't like the use of "my" to denote interns, students, etc. But "the interns I hired, trained, and supervise" seems too impersonal and clinical.
Open to suggestions.
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1 #BOU18TC The #HouseSparrow disappears from rural and urban areas of #Europe. Cities like Prague, London (#RedList in 2002) & Valencia have experienced #urban #declines in their populations above 50%. What is happening in urban areas? #ornithology #urbanecology #urbanbirds Image
2 #BOU18TC Various potential causes for the urban #decline have been suggested. Our aim was to study if new #park policies linked to #urbanization and #reurbanization (new concept) could be a key factor for the urban decline of the #species. #ornithology #urbanecology #urbanbirds Image
3 #BOU18TC We studied the abundance of #housesparrows (point counts) in 32 #urbanparks of 4 towns of eastern #Spain. 10 of them were modified (new park policies) during the 4 studied seasons 2015-2018. We compared means of (r) and abundance between years and kinds of parks. Image
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