Dr Frank Lemckert is an internationally recognised frog expert, former research scientist with State Forests NSW, and the man who was charged with preventing the spread of cane toads into NSW.
Now a consultant ecologist, he continues to pass on his wealth of knowledge as convener of Wildlife Schools – practical training courses for ecologists, organised by Niche Environment and Heritage.
In November 2013 at Cascade National Park near Dorrigo, a group of twenty ecologists got up close and personal with frogs, bats and reptiles and attended talks and demonstrations from Dr Frank Lemckert, Dr Brad Law, bat researcher with the Department of Primary Industries and reptile expert Dr Mark Fitzgerald.
“Wildlife Schools offer ecologists a rare opportunity to gain training with an emphasis on practical field work,” explains Dr Lemckert.
Field work at the training course included dawn bat bagging expeditions and frog catching by moonlight. Wildlife School students relied on Dr Lemckert’s 20 years of experience in the management of frogs and threatened species as they aimed to encounter as wide a range of creatures as possible to show the diversity of Australian frogs, reptiles and bats.
“We target threatened species and have captured fishing bats, eastern falsistrelles, greater broad-nosed bats, golden-tipped bats, giant and stuttering barred frogs, sphagnum frogs, hip-pocket frogs, tusked frogs, New England tree frogs and Stephens banded snakes,” says Dr Lemckert.
“It’s all about enabling fellow ecologists to experience habitats first-hand and arming them with up to date information on the specific requirements and best practice management of our frogs, bats and reptiles.”