The biodiversity report identified a substantial number of biodiversity assets on the Albury-Wodonga campus; previously a significantly disturbed site. Specifically, the area to the north of the campus (the David Mitchell wetlands) was identified as 'functioning well again with good aquatic bird diversity and an apparently healthy aquatic vegetation community developing.'
This wetland provides a significant opportunity for a biodiversity/wildlife corridor running from west to east across the Albury-Wodonga Campus.
The below gallery show cases native fauna species identified on this campus through biodiversity monitoring activities.
Leaf cutter Bee (Megachile) Wiradjuri - dharrungarrung.
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis )
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) Wiradjuri - garru.
Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius)
Regent Honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia) nationally endangered
Rufous Songlark (Cincloramphus mathewsi)
Squirrel Glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) is vulnerable.
Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor) nationally endangered
Charles Sturt University extends our sincere gratitude to the following talented and very generous photographers for granting permission to publish their amazing images.
Thank you to: Simon B Cotterell, Ian Montgomery birdway.com.au, Jennifer Horsnell, Geoff Burrows, Dr Joanne Connolly, Tim Bergen, Alexandra Knight, David Hunter, Mark Stephenson, Cilla Kinross, Ian Kerr, Roger France and Ken Monson.
Wildflower images are sourced from canberra.naturemapr.org
Sloane's Froglet Crinia sloanei, is a small ground-dwelling frog (around 15 to 20mm). It can be readily identified by its physical characteristics and call. They are hard to see and hide quickly, so the best way to identify a Sloane’s Froglet is from its call described as a short metallic 'chick chick chick'. During winter and after heavy rain it makes a short chirp while floating on top of a water body. It calls during the day and at night. This species has undergone a very severe reduction in population size over the last 30 – 40 years. There are very few left as it has experienced a greater decline over the last 40 years than other frog species in the same geographical areas.
Their conservation status is vulnerable (NSW) and potentially endangered (nationally). Populations of Sloane’s Froglets are restricted to Thurgoona, the riparian zone of Murray River from Howling to Corowa and there’s a small remnant population at Tocumwal. The entire distribution are in areas of ongoing development and land use changes.
Remaining habitat largely occurs on small rural holdings and its survival is likely to be dependent on sympathetic management by private landholders, including Charles Sturt University.
The University is in the middle of the Albury suburb of Thurgoona. The David Mitchell wetlands has one of the largest viable populations in the area, so Charles Sturt University is absolutely critically in persistence and viability of this species.
Sloane’s Froglet lives and breeds in temporary and permanent waterbodies including oxbows off creeks and rivers, farm dams, large and small natural wetlands, constructed frog ponds and temporary puddles. They breed in winter requiring shallow waterbodies (20cm deep). They prefer wetlands containing riparian and aquatic vegetation. They’ve been found in waterbodies containing grasses and reeds of medium height with small stem diameters such as couch, watercouch or the Common spikerush (Eleocharis acuta). Waterbodies with this vegetation are essential as they lays eggs attached to vegetation rather than a frothy mass on the surface of the water like some other frogs. They need connections between breeding and refuge sites. Inland Australia’s extremely variable climate means that for Sloane’s to survive, they must move across the landscape when it is wet. They use roadside drains, table drains, irrigation channels and inundated grasslands to move from one spot to another.
In 2015 Alexandra Knight, Lecturer in Environmental Management, Charles Sturt University completed a PhD on the ecology and distribution of Sloane’s Froglet. Her work had significantly contributed towards raising the profile of this flagship species in the Thurgoona area. In partnership with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, her work resulted in an Interim Habitat Guide and Management Guidelines for implementation by private, education and government landholders in the Thurgoona area.
Charles Sturt University has an ongoing partnership with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage in determining plans for impactful actions to support the survival of this species on campus. These activities include:
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