Monday June 27
Joey Clarke, an ecologist and Senior Science Communicator with Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) gave a very entertaining and informative presentation, drawing on his 10 years experience at sanctuaries from Cape York to Central Australia, the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Kimberley, and outback New South Wales. He explained AWC’s model of science-informed land management of sanctuaries covering 6.5 million hectares, strategic fire management in northern Australia and projects to restore populations of threatened Australian mammals. The recent restoration of the Great Bilby to the Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary in the Great Sandy Desert region was just one of the many highlights of his excellent presentation
With a lifelong passion for the natural world, Joey studied ecology and evolution at the Australian National University, then completed an honours research project on the ecology of the Black Grasswren in the remote north-west Kimberley of Western Australia. Joey has worked with Australian Wildlife Conservancy for over a decade, starting as a guide at Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary, then taking on roles in fundraising and communications. Since 2020 he has hosted a series of popular online conversations about AWC’s conservation work, and he has appeared regularly on national and international media as a spokesperson for the organisation. Joey has worked across AWC’s network of sanctuaries from Cape York to Central Australia, the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Kimberley, and outback New South Wales.
Joey’s talk is now on Youtube: