Conservancy Scientist Brings His Work Home

James Fitzsimons owns a nature reserve in Victoria, Australia.

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.


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