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  • James Fitzsimons, director of conservation for the Conservancy’s Australia program, owns and manages his own nature reserve in Victoria, Australia. He is helping to restore the forest and is engaged in a variety of conservation projects. Here, James checks a nest box for unusual marsupials.
  • Historic aerial photos show a place with little forest cover, suggesting a place that might never recover. But today, under James Fitzsimons’ stewardship, there’s been an amazing regeneration of forest cover—home to a variety of unusual plants and animals.
  • The property is home to one of the largest populations of the Euroa Guinea-flower in the world.
  • The property is home to numerous reptiles, including the olive legless lizard (no, it’s not a snake).
  • Birds abound, including the bizarre Australian owlet-nighjar.
  • The diamond firetail, an important woodland bird in southeastern Australia.
  • The property is home to a number of iconic Australian species, including wombats, kangaroos…and koalas.
  • A black wallaby.
  • Camera traps capture images of rarely seen and elusive marsupials, including common wombats.
  • Nest boxes provide homes for a variety of species including the brush-tailed phascogale seen in the right-hand corner of this photo. Its tail really does resemble a brush. "It's been a bit of a revelation finding out what's living there," he says. "Some animals that you might never see just walking around are actually relatively abundant."
  • A common brushtail possum emerges from a nest box.
  • As their name suggests, sugar gliders glide through trees -- and make use of nest boxes.
Conservancy Scientist Brings His Work Home
James Fitzsimons owns a nature reserve in his home state of Victoria, Australia.

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