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.