"We have just discovered koalas living in what most experts would class as highly unlikely habitat," writes Science for Wildlife executive director and BMWHI board member, Dr Kellie Leigh.
Each year in June the Institute’s Education Program Leader, Rosalie Chapple, brings international university students to the Blue Mountains as part of a 3-week immersion in Australia’s protected areas.
During the multi-week travelling course, students visit protected areas in a range of climatic regions to observe Australia’s unique flora and fauna, and to understand the challenges of conserving and managing natural and cultural heritage in the 21st century.
For long term Blue Mountains residents, changes to weather patterns, plant life and animal sightings have always been the subject of neighbourly discussions but, until now, many of these changes haven’t been receiving the kind of scientific scrutiny they deserve.
This changed last year when the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute and Scenic World joined forces to launch our Climate Change and Ecological Monitoring project.
While bushwalking is a passion shared by many of us living in the Blue Mountains, few of us know what species of plant life we pass by on our walks, and even fewer again will ever take the time to develop a detailed knowledge of the species we come into contact with.
Not so though for Blackheath resident, Tamara Venables, who has spent the past two years photographing and documenting orchid species throughout the Blue Mountains region.
It's back by popular demand! BMWHI's five-day intensive course on Adaptive Management for Conservation will be running again this year from Sept 23-27 in the Blue Mountains, near Sydney.
The course is based on the Open Standards framework and is offered by the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute in partnership with the Protected Areas Learning & Research Collaboration (PALRC).
If you’ve recently spotted a koala or other unusual critters in your backyard, you’re not alone.
A locally run, Citizen Science monitoring program which records and collects data about changes to our environment has been capturing fascinating movements of native plant and animal species in the Blue Mountains region.