The Foundation receives a number of project proposals, and understandably many more than we can fund ourselves. Businesses, or even individual people, can partner with the Foundation to fund a project of their choosing. Please contact the Foundation on 02 9221 1949 if you are interested in finding out more about funding a project, or are interested in funding one of the projects below.
Ecology, Impact & Control of Cane Toads on the Southern Front
This project will support the Australian Research Council's (ARC) linkage grant. The project looks at toad biolog, interactions with native species and implementing control and eradication techniques. It is asking for 2 years of support. The project will be based primarily in Northern NSW, and in populations of toads that occur further south of the main front such as Taren Point and Towra Point Nature Reserve. It will document toad biology and invasion dynamics in southern NSW. It will predict the impact of toads on native fauna and will also refine and implement toad control techniques.
This project will be undertaken by the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage and requires $20,000 funding.
Biogeography & Diet Analysis for Sea Turtles
This project will identify the movement, habitat use, feeding requirements and distribution of Green Turtles in New South Wales waters. Juvenile turtles will be statelite and titanium tagged, measured, weighed, and so on. The diet of Green Turtles will also be analysed using less invasive methods than used in previous research. This project will assess the efficacy of the various designated marine park zones. Sea surface temperatures will be correlated with turtle biogeography with the aim of identiying potential distribution changes in response to climate change, and also to assess the availability of suitable habitat should that occur.
This project will be undertaken by the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage and requires $71,154 funding.
Predator Protection for Endangered Mountain Pygmy-possum
The project is to fund 30 days deployment of a specialised soft-jaw feral animal trapper in areas of Kosciuszko National Park where populations of the endangered Mountain Pygmy-possum remain low. Feral cats are difficult to control given their behaviour traits, and specialised trappers have been demonstrated to be successful in reducing cat populations. Feral cats, known predators of the Mountain Pygmy-possum have been observed at these locations using remote camera. This project may help reduce one of the factors impacting on the decline of this species. Predator specific trapping programs would take place in Spring and Autumn 2011 in areas of known low Mountain Pygmy-possum populations.
This project will be undertaken by the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage and requires $15,840 funding.
Barking Owl Population Viability Analysis
This project will fund a PhD student for three years to survey habitat availability, fragmentation, prey availability and nest predation negatively affecting the status of the threatened Barking Owl in Western Slopes of NSW.
The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries will undertake this project, and requires $57,630 funding.
Seatons Farm Interpretation and Signage
Funding is required to design and produce interpretation signs for Seatons Farm cultural estate within Weddin Mountains National Park Central West of NSW.
This project will be undertaken by the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage and requires $30,000 funding.
Effect of Fire, Drought, Climate Change on Small Mammals
Funding for this project will provide for the digitising of data on the effects of fire, drought and rainfall on small insect-eating marsupials and the native bush rat located in Nadgee Nature Reserve on the Victorian border.
This project will be undertaken by the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage and requires $24,640 funding.
Control of Cane Toads on the Southern Front
Funding will provide for research in Northern Coastal NSW on the southern edge of the current invasion front and sites such as Taren Point (where a thriving population has been found) using methods developed in the tropics to better understand the cane toad invasion in southern Aust.and evaluate risk level to targeted subset of native species, begin experimental control work and measure toad impacts on threatened fauna.
The project will be undertaken by the University of Sydney and requires $100,000 funding.
Black-Necked Stork Survey
Funding is required for survey known nests, search for new nests and gather movement data of Black-necked stork on north coast NSW, Hunter Valley, Central Coast and Moree Watercours. 36 Days fieldwork, vehicle costs, accommodation and report.
This project will be undertaken by ecological consultants and requires $20,000 funding.
Secrets of Snake Island
This project will make a documentary focusing on the conservation of Australian bushland and the protection of native wildlife. It will use Perth National Park as an example of how the introduction of humans into an area can affect populations of native fauna and impact upon the habitats in which they live. Only 200 m away is an island in the middle of a large lake, known as 'Snake Island'. The informative documentary will compare the species populations on the mainland to the populations on the island, which is flourishing in comparison.
This project will be undertaken by Biothorn Enterprises and requires $12,000 funding.
Couridjah Historic Walking Track
This project aims to upgrade a walking track and provide information and interpretation of the site around the Couridjah Pumphouse and Railway Heritage Museum near Thirlmere Lakes National Park.
This project will be undertaken by the Office of Environment and Heritage and requires $27,500 funding.
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