Welcome to The Habitat Advocate.
This is a website, in the good company of many websites and organisations globally, that is dedicated to wildlife and their habitat conservation.
Our website was established in December 2009 and while many pages on the site remain ‘under gestation’ and lack content, we shall try to populate the content as quickly as possible.
Thank you for visiting us.
Tasmanian Devil [Sarcophilus harrissii] © University of Adelaide, ^http://www.tassiedevil.com.au/
In 1996, the Tasmanian Devil was categorised as being of ‘Least Concern‘ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Yet, since then its population has declined by more than 60% in ten years due to an invariably fatal infectious cancer called the Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). But critical for the species is that this disease is spreading across the entire population threatening to drive it to extinction. Projections from the observed results and an epidemiological model predict local extinction at this site within 10 years of disease arrival (McCallum et al. 2007).’[Source: ^http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/40540/0/print] .
So if nothing is done, the Tasmanian Devil could likely be extinct by 2017. Humanity has a responsibility to save this magnificent Australian and not let it go the same way as the magnificent Tasmanian Tiger.
The prime focus of this website is to advocate for greater, wider conservation of wildlife and awareness about the plight of native habitat.
We are inspired by American not-for-profit champion Robert Chambers, founder of ^More Than Wheels and 2006 Purpose Prize winner, who has said:
“I was old enough to know injustice when I saw it
and experienced enough to do something about it.”
The initial geographic focus of The Habitat Advocate began in the Blue Mountains bioregion, in New South Wales, Australia, since this is where the founder lives. This bioregion incorporates the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (see photo) and connected local government areas.
Gross Valley, Blue Mountains, Australia
…before the devastating November 2006 bushfires.
Gross Valley, Blue Mountains, Australia …after the bushfires.
[Photo 9-Dec-06] .
‘Habitat Conservation’ is defined as:
‘A land management practice that seeks to conserve, protect and restore habitat areas for wild plants and animals, especially conservation reliant species, and prevent their extinction, fragmentation or reduction in range.”
We are concerned about the persistence of many forms of human threats to wildlife and to native habitats throughout the Blue Mountains bioregion, across Australia and indeed around the world. We seek to publicise and openly challenge all threats.Western escarpment habitat slashed by the Rural Fire Service, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia. [Photo 23-Feb-08]
.Western escarpment habitat deliberately lit by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and Rural Fire Service, Leura, Blue Mountains, Australia. [Photo 24-Mar-09]
Who are we?
We are individuals and groups across the planet who, from time to time, contribute their knowledge, experience and skills constructively to the cause of ‘Wildlife Habitat Conservation’.Our editor in ‘Armchair Critic’ pose . Our investigator . . Our wildlife ecologist . Tigerquoll
What do we do?
- We are a voice for native habitat conservation – we advocate to protect and defend wildlife and native habitat
- We challenge threats to native habitat. We challenge the cultures and mindsets that drive those threats.
- We advocate reform initiatives to stop human activities that harm or threaten the integrity of native habitat
- To educate and promote greater awareness across the general community about the plight of wildlife native habitat and of the many ongoing threats that wildlife face, intended to benefit the public interest
- To report habitat news about wildlife and native habitat issues, threats and recovery actions
- To author and invite articles on wildlife and habitat conservation issues
- To advocate greater protection and conservation of native flora and fauna
- To challenge and critique those human actions, practices, behaviours, attitudes and underlying cultures that kill, harm or threaten natural flora and fauna
- The material on this website, including all webpages and articles, tends to be by its nature politically controversial. The material published is either the honest opinion of the authors concerned or otherwise reporting of news stories obtained from external sources, which include the source references. Externally sourced material is obtained from reliable sources so that we can be reasonably sure that the material is both factual and accurate.
Our Intended Benefits:
- A timeless source of news about wildlife habitat related issues
- A forum for information sharing on in-depth analysis and debate on wildlife and habitat issues
- A networking resource for conservationists, environmentalists and simply anyone interested in wildlife conservation
- An advisory knowledge base of information and case studies to support individuals and groups campaigning to protect wildlife and native habitats.
- A reference library on wildlife, habitat science and related research
- A policy development think tank for:
- Reform initiatives to natural land management practices
- Fauna recovery initiatives
- Viable eco-initiatives for local communities to transition away from activities that harm wildlife and native habitats
Please direct constructive correspondence to our Editor via our website page: >Contact Us
For only constructive correspoondence we shall endeavour to acknowledge receipt, and ideally reply to you, within 48 hours.
Supporting The Habitat Advocate:
We welcome support for our website. We call it ‘Habitat Sponsorship‘.
We are a not-for-profit organisation, yet to function we incur ongoing costs of website maintenance and development – which since our establishment in 2009, have amounted to about $2,000 per year.
All funds received for The Habitat Advocate are deposited into a dedicated bank account in the name of ‘The Habitat Advocate'; which is held with the Katoomba & Upper Blue Mountains Community Bank ®, a branch of the Bendigo Bank. All funds in this account are only used to pay direct costs to maintain The Habitat Advocate website – essentially website registration, hosting and development costs. The funds are not used for any other purpose.
We have no office, no paid staff, no equipment and it is an undertaking of the owners that this organisational model shall not change, ever. The owners of The Habitat Advocate do not draw any funds from this account, instead only offer their time, personal equipment and contributions on a strictly voluntary and philanthropic basis. Wildlife have no voice, and we seek to be part of their voice for rights, respect and justice.
Of course, we shall welcome additional support for our website from readers and from the general community. Our budget is lean, so it does not take a great contribution to meet costs and so remain sustainable.
To find out about the various options for supporting The Habitat Advocate, including:
Advertising with Us
Submitting pro-Conservation Articles
Purchasing Our Merchandise
Bequest to The Habitat Advocate
If interested, please visit our >Support The Habitat Advocate page on this website.
We are not a membership based organisation
We have actively chosen not go down the membership path, because we consider it more important to dedicate our scarce contribution time to focus on wildlife habitat causes, than to take on administrative tasks.
In our view, a membership structure would only distract us from the ‘Purpose’ and the ‘Intended Benefits’ outlined above on this page.
We believe people who share empathy with the wildlife habitat causes we take on, can be far more effective through Habitat Sponsorship. By adopting such an approach, we are confident that The Habitat Advocate shall continue to be sustainably ‘lean and keen’ for many years to come.
Thank you for visiting our website.
Native Spotted-Tailed Quoll, Blue Mountains © Blue Mountains Gazette, 3-Aug-05, p.11.