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About Chris Tzaros - more


From a seemingly inherent interest in birds and nature, I have pursued a career in bird conservation and research since the mid-1990s. 


Initially, my work involved threatened species monitoring and community environmental education with the Victorian Government conservation department.


In 1997, it was a great honour to receive a Young Australian of the Year award in the Victorian category in recognition of my commitment to Box-Ironbark woodland conservation and dedicated work on threatened birds. 


Since then, I have completed a Bachelor of Applied Science degree at Charles Sturt University and a Master of Science degree in Conservation Ecology at Deakin University. 


In 2005 I authored a comprehensive book on the Wildlife of Victoria’s Box-Ironbark Country published by CSIRO Publishing.  This has now been revised and the new edition will be released in 2021.


I  worked with BirdLife Australia for over 12 years – Australia’s premier bird conservation organisation - coordinating a number of projects including the Swift Parrot Recovery Program, the National Threatened Bird Network, a habitat modelling project on Orange-bellied Parrots and a major woodland bird conservation project throughout Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.


For the past 7 years, I have worked independently as a wildlife ecologist on a range of wildlife monitoring and community education projects across south-eastern Australia. These include projects focusing on Travelling Stock Reserve protection and management in the NSW Riverina, Turquoise Parrot conservation in north-east Victoria and into NSW, monitoring Sandridge Woodland Communities in partnership with local indigenous representatives, Bush-stone Curlew monitoring in NSW, a Woodland Bird Project in the Goulburn Murray Region of northern Victoria, and more..


Over this time, I have also contributed essays, articles and images to a range of magazines, periodicals, websites and books, and presented numerous illustrated talks, seminars and workshops to wide audiences across Australia.  For my photography, it has indeed been a privilege to have my work recognised, published and awarded both within Australia and internationally.