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Nest Box - Leadbeater's Possum, Lake Mountain Plateau, Black Saturday Bushfires, February 2009 Object Reg. No: HT 25117

Summary:
Nest box collected by a Parks Victoria ranger involved in the Leadbeater's Possum Recovery Program.
The nest box was recovered from the Lake Mountain plateau on the Echo Flat ski trail after the bushfires of 7 February 2009. It was one of 30 nesting boxes installed on the plateau, primarily as a tool for annual population surveys. 22 of these boxes were destroyed in the fire and 6 were partially burnt, while only 2 remained intact. This box had been used by possums as a nest site prior to the fires.
Description:
The nest box was constructed using double thickness marine ply wood. The object has been damaged by fire as a result of the Black Saturday bushfires.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Parks Victoria, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 725 mm (Height), 360 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: bushfires, australian native animals, sustainability, forestry, endangered species, possums, state emblems, forests
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Bushfires Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: SUSTAINABILITY
Secondary Classification: Natural Disasters
Tertiary Classification: bushfires
Donor: Parks Victoria, Victoria, Australia, 2009
Place Collected: Lake Mountain, Victoria, Australia, 2009
References: Malcolm Macfarlane, Jill Smith, & Kim Lowe, Leadbeater's Possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) Recovery Plan, Department of Natural Resources and Environment Victoria, July 1997, accessed at Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts website, http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/recovery/leadbeaters-possum/index.html
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Australian Government, Species Profile and Threats Database, Leadbeater's Possum, accessed online at http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/sprat/public/publicspecies.pl?taxon_id=273
Stateline Victoria, ABC Online, Faunal Emblem Threatened: The animal victims of Black Saturday, Broadcast 22/05/09, transcript accessed online at http://www.abc.net.au/stateline/vic/content/2006/s2578523.htm
Joanna Antrobus, Parks Victoria, Lake Mountain summary post fire 2009.
Phone and recorded interviews with Joanna Antrobus (Parks Victoria) and Sera Blair (Friends of the Leadbeater's Possum).
Australian National University, Conservation Landscape and Ecology, Leadbeater's Possum home page, accessed online at http://fennerschool-research.anu.edu.au/cle/vchstudy/lbpossumhp.php
Department of Sustainability and the Environment, Leadbeater's Possum Action Statement, (1995), accessed online at http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/CA256F310024B628/0/F333E4E5DFF1F2B0CA2570EC001EDA62/$File/062+Leadbeaters+Possum+1995.pdf

Victorian Government, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Symbols and Flags- Emblems, accessed online at
http://www.dpc.vic.gov.au/CA256D8000265E1A/page/Listing-Symbols+and+Flags-The+Leadbeater%27s+Possum!OpenDocument&;1=90-Protocol~&2=10-Symbols+and+Flags~&3=0-The+Leadbeater%27s+Possum~

Specialist Researchers:
Dr. David Lindenmayer - an ANU academic specialising in research into the Leadbeater's Possum, particularly focussing upon habitat requirements and models of hollow tree production and decay. A summary of Dr. Lindenmayer's work is available at Australian National University, Conservation Landscape and Ecology, David Lyndenmayer's Research on the Ecology and Habitat requirements of the Leadbeater's Possum, accessed at http://fennerschool-research.anu.edu.au/cle/vchstudy/lbpossumdbl.php
Dr. Dan Harley- Monash University researcher. PhD focuses upon the Leadbeater's Possum population at Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve.

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