Jenny is a passionate ornithologist involved in regional and local bird monitoring and conservation issues. Over the years bird conservation projects Jenny has been involved in include the National Recovery Project for the threatened Regent Honeyeater in NSW, and the Canberra Ornithologists Group’s (COG) Woodland Bird Monitoring project, a long-term study she coordinates. Jenny also undertakes bird surveys on a range of projects for the ANU Fenner School across various sites in NSW and ACT (Mulligans Flat/Goorooyarro Nature Reserves). Jenny has an interest in communication and education as a means to promote birds and conservation, for example: has produced a tourist brochure ‘Pocket Guide – Birds of Canberra’; co-produced the brochure Birds of the Aust National Botanic Gardens; designed the Mulligan’s Flat Nature Reserve Bird walk and Grassy Woodland walk; has coordinated public seminars on woodland birds research and conservation. Jenny has also authored a number of nominations of bird species for listing as threatened in the ACT (eg Scarlet Robin, Little Eagle).
Jenny is on the Board of the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust and the Committee of the Canberra Ornithologists Group, and is a Guide at the Aust National Botanic Gardens. At various times Jenny has been President of the Field Naturalists Association of Canberra and Canberra Ornithologists Group. Her portfolio interests in the Conservation Council are biodiversity (woodlands) which encompasses planning. She was active in the East O’Malley campaign, and North Gungahlin planning issues, the ‘Options Paper’ for controlling cats in new suburbs abutting nature reserves, and most recently in Molonglo planning and conservation matters. Jenny chairs the Council’s Biodiversity Working Group.