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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. Here, James checks a nest box for unusual marsupials.
  • Historic aerial photos show a place with little forest cover, suggesting the land might never recover. But under James Fitzsimons’ stewardship, there’s been an amazing regeneration of forest cover.
  • 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 species like the brush-tailed phascogale in the right-hand corner of this photo. "It's been a bit of a revelation finding out what's living there," Fitzsimons says.
  • 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 Victoria, Australia.

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