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In June Tim was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to conservation, and to environmental education and awareness (see box below).

In April he featured in a Gardening Australia episode about Brisbane’s changing bird fauna. He mentioned the sparrows of his childhood becoming rare birds in Brisbane today. Native birds with a greatly increased presence in the city today include noisy miners, currawongs, white ibis and brush turkeys. Aggressive native birds have become today’s winners, a theme in his book The New Nature: Winners and Losers in Wild Australia.

Tim’s report GONE: Australian animals extinct since the 1960s, co-authored with Carol Booth, was released in 2023 by the Invasive Species Council. Tim was interviewed about this on ABC TV News.

He and Carol were also interviewed about the report on ABC Radio, and that interview was written up as an article for the ABC website. The report was also mentioned in the Sydney Morning Herald and reported on by Yahoo News and Open Forum. It considers every animal extinction since 1960, finding that most were caused by invasive species, notably chytrid fungus (6 frogs), wolf snakes (3 lizards and a bat), cats and foxes.

ABC Radio’s What the Duck featured Tim talking about bird hybridisation in an episode about defining species.

Tim is a regular panelist on the Invasive Species Council’s Aliens Among Us Webinars, discussing such topics as fire ants, feral horses, New Zealand conservation, and Australia’s latest State of the Environment Report.

Tim listed five of his favourite bird books for a website about the books authors like.

In the Spring 2023 issue of Australian Birdlife magazine, Tim has an article, ‘Almost a Bird-of-Paradise’, about the Australian chough as a close relative of birds-of-paradise that has more in common with them than we might realise.

In June 2023 Tim appeared at Sydney’s Vivid festival talking about nature connections.

He appeared in the ABC TV special Surviving Extinction, talking about extinction and the plight of the endangered regent honeyeater. The episode is available on YouTube

He was interviewed at length by Shoba Narayan for her Bird Podcast based in India.

Tim is spending most of his time writing.

In June 2024 Tim was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to conservation, and to environmental education and awareness. The award notes emphasised Tim’s role in increasing public awareness of invasive species problems, by writing the book Feral Future, then helping found the Invasive Species Council, the main organisation in Australia advocating for better policies in this area, with which Tim remains closely involved. Tim’s other books were mentioned, and his articles and international public speaking, and also the lizard named after him. The Governor-General and ISC each have a webpage about Tim receiving the award.

Book News

Tim’s most recent book talk was at Eltham Pub, inland from Byron Bay, where he talked about birds to a capacity audience at a Science in the Pub event. He mentioned, among many other topics, the vast flocks of topknot pigeons that once graced the region. Other talks will be announced in due course.

Tim Low with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews after winning People’s Choice at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards (Photo Matt Deller).