Tall white manna gums, rough barked box trees, silver wattles and a rich community of native plants provide a safe home for black-faced wallabies, wombats, echidnas, sugar gliders, phascogales
and song birds of every shape and colour--all nourished by the cool, fresh flowing river water.
We found that it was possible to detect Brush-tailed Phascogales by using hair funnels.
Red-tailed Phascogale Phascogale calura is considered regionally extinct, Leadbeater's Possum Gymnobelideus lead-beateri, Squirrel Glider and Spot-tailed Quoll Dasyurus maculatus are endangered and Brush-tailed Phascogale Phascogale tapoatafa and Greater Glider Petauroides volans are vulnerable.
Dr Diana Fisher of the University of Queensland has worked extensively with dasyurid marsupials (most of Australia's carnivorous marsupials are classified as dasyurid), including antechinuses and phascogales
, and is doubtful many native species would make good pets.
Most Australians know of and have seen some kangaroos and koalas, but after those iconic species, know little of planigales, phascogales
, potoroos, pademelons and the majority of the nearly 400 species of Australian mammals.
The students identified a new population of leafy greenhood orchids and carried out surveys of local wildlife, including powerful owls and phascogales.
The results were compiled into a Mission Phascogale report presented to Dr Goodall when she visited the area last year.
In Western Australia, the woodland communities of salmon gum, york gum, gimlet and wandoo -- home to numbats and red-tailed phascogales
-- were seen as indicators of fertile soils, and have now been extensively cleared.
Phascogales are small, carnivorous, arboreal marsupials occupying dry forests (Cuttle 1982).
This study uses remote cameras to investigate their success in monitoring activity of Phascogales and Sugar Gliders.
In the foothills north-east of Melbourne near Warrandyte, Trust for Nature has worked collaboratively with residents and local groups to protect the state listed Brush-tailed Phascogale Phascogale tapoatafa and the nationally endangered Little Pink Spider-orchid Caladenia rosella.
The Brush-tailed Phascogale has been recorded on a number of Trust for Nature covenants throughout the area.