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Bushfire Recovery Newsletter – August 2020

Gippsland in recovery

Welcome to the latest newsletter about the environmental volunteering response for bushfire recovery.

Since we last wrote the pandemic has developed around the country in different waysUnfortunately, it is still hampering the environmental recovery from the 2019/2020 fires, as people and organisations try to identify, plan and fund recovery projects.

That said, we’re pleased to announce our new platform which aims to create connections between people like you who are keen to help, and the organisations seeking support on recovery projects. Currently we’re listing key citizen science projects which are providing important data for researchers, rangers and policy makers working on the recovery.

In the near future, organisations will be able to list opportunities for other forms of support – when you create an account you will be able to search these as they become available.

Recovery Opportunities



Help the bushfire recovery by contributing information on birds in your local area, wherever you are.


Most of our frog species only live in Australia, and 16 of those species are in need of further protection after the 2019/2020 fire season.

Echidna CSI

although an iconic native Australian animal, we do not know much about echidnas’ wild populations, but we do know that much of their habitat was impacted by the 2019-2020 fires.

DigiVol Wildlife Spotter

Support the bushfire recovery from the comfort of your home by reviewing footage from the field, and spotting wildlife.

Get involved with Citizen Science Opportunities

Want to know more first? You can also check out our Citizen Science hub to find out more about how your efforts could play a role in the recovery. Head to Citizen Science on The Campfire.

Stories of Recovery

This is a round-up of some of the stories of wildlife and habitat recovery from around the country.

Northern Tableland’s endangered wallabies bounding back after bushfire – read more at NSW Saving Our Species

Glossy Black Cockatoo chicks hatch on Kangaroo Island – read more on ABC

Squirrel gliders bounce back after bushfires – read more on Great Lakes Advocate

An intimate look at caring for wildlife affected by bushfires amidst a pandemic – watch on Australian Geographic

Pest management for fire recovery expands across southern Blue Mountains parks – read more on NSW Saving Our Species

The helicopter rescue of the Eastern Bristlebird – read more on The Conversation

Important Notices

These are curated notices about the environmental recovery work which may be useful to you or someone you know.

Funding for projects. Currently we are unable to find any open funding rounds for biodiversity recovery projects. Please reply with anything you know of so we can share it with the community.

Know someone who is struggling after the fires? It’s absolutely normalThere’s all sorts of help at hand from Beyond Blue. Find out more here:…

Many thanks again for tuning in and for wanting to help in the environmental response to the bushfires.

We’re looking forward to feedback on the new recovery platform, so please do jump in and register and sign up for an activity.

In your service,

Sam and the Conservation Volunteers Bushfire Recovery Team

Conservation Volunteers is the national coordinator for the environmental volunteering response to the bushfires –