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2018 Conference - Field Trips and Workshops

  • 3 Dec 2018
  • (UTC+11:00)
  • 7 Dec 2018
  • (UTC+11:00)


  • Spend the day exploring the stunning Bangor property on the south-east coast of Tasmania to learn about the management and reintroduction of Tasmanian devils on the Forestier and Tasman Peninsulas. Learn about wildlife conservation from a local landowner. Take the coastal walk to Tasman Bay where crew from Abel Tasman's ships Heemskirk and Zeehaen became the first Europeans to land in Tasmania. The field trip will start and finish at the Conference venue. Packed lunch is included.
  • Are you about to start writing manuscripts and don't know where to start? Have you got a manuscript ready to go but want to make sure you're maximising your chance of publication. This writing workshop will help you navigate the publication process and help you progress your manuscripts for publication.
    BYO lunch. Tea and coffee provided
  • The Tasmanian Land Conservancy’s (TLC’s) 455 ha Flat Rock Reserve, links the historic Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary with the Alpha Pinnacle Conservation Area, creating a continuous protected area of over 1500 ha. This guided walk will feature key sites of interest showing the TLC’s current ecological monitoring program by visiting a vegetation monitoring site showing the use of still photography and photospheres, a mammal monitoring site using camera traps and stop-off at Falcon Rocks overlooking Chauncy Vale cliffs for a bird survey. There will also be time to wander through the historic Chauncy Vale precinct and explore Brown’s Caves, Day Dawn cottage or the diverse woodland of Tasmania’s first private nature reserve.
    Please note, a good level of fitness is required.
  • This workshop aims to introduce you to the novel tools and algorithms for environmental remote sensing applications and aerial surveys using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS aka, drones). Lead by the Terraluma team this workshop will focus on ways in which you can map the environment in detail, using specialised sensors (visible, multispectral and hyperspectral (VNIR), thermal, and LiDAR) to map and monitor different aspects of the environment at ultra-high resolutions on-demand. The workshop will demonstrate examples including precision agriculture and viticulture; mapping and monitoring vegetation in remote locations such as Antarctica; deriving 3D tree structure for forest inventories. You will get to see how data is collected, and then work through the post-processing stage in the lab. In addition, you will hear from experts who have utilised drone technology in areas of wildlife management such as the behavioural ecology of wedge-tailed eagles, and sea-ice and vegetation in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic.
  • Wildlife management aims to achieve at least one of biodiversity conservation (such as saving a species or community), sustainable utilisation (such as harvesting a species) and pest control (such as for agricultural, forestry or fisheries production and human health). This workshop will describe underlying management principles, examine current on-ground programs, and make proposals for future management. The workshop will introduce underlying general principles of wildlife management, then use them to evaluate several wildlife programs. Participants will be asked to then use the principles to evaluate an existing program in which they are involved, or develop a proposal for a new wildlife management plan for a species or community of their interest. Participants should bring along a copy (electronic or paper) of a management plan that interests them, and that they will use in the workshop. To help get greater benefit from the workshop participants will be provided with some background reading prior to the workshop.
  • Please join us for an evening behind the scenes of the orphaned and injured wildlife veterinary hospital. Hosted by Bonorong owner/manager Greg Irons and veterinarian Alex Kreiss and starring special guest Lisa “bat-girl” Cawthen. We’ll meet some of Tasmania's wildlife close-up and find out about Bonorong's conservation programs and wildlife rescue activities. The tour is followed by dinner with drinks and a Q&A with Bonorong staff. After dinner we’ll watch Tasmanian bats with Lisa Cawthen.
    Tour starts 6:00pm Sandy Bay/UTAS (6:15pm pick up Hobart). We’ll return to Hobart by 10:15pm, to Sandy Bay/UTAS by 10:30pm.


Registration opens 1 June 2018

The 2018 AWMS conference has a number of field trips and workshops running on both Monday 3 December and Friday 7 December.  Some field trips have limited numbers so register early to avoid disappointment.  Full field trip and workshop details can be found in the Call for Abstracts.

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