In 1991 I joined the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service to act as Coordinator of the Bird and Bat Banding Scheme, and Project Officer in the Wildlife Division.
I had been a keen bird watcher ever since my move to the North Coast, so it was pleasant to use my hobby as a stepping stone to my new career. I have many fond memories of outings and camps with the Richmond Valley Naturalists Club, whose members taught me a great deal about the local birds, plants, and animals, and about the history of the area.
I was soon involved with the Big Scrub Environment Centre, TREES, Citizens Against Sandmining and the South Ballina Protection Group and before I knew it I had become a committed environmentalist. We had wins and losses in those days but it was all very stimulating, and I think the North Coast benefited from our activities.
The list below represents papers published as a result of my move to Canberra to join the ANPWS, and I must add that I wrote every word of the three Annual Reports on the Banding Scheme that were published during my time with the Scheme. My colleagues ran the office and curated the huge mass of data we had accumulated, but I collated the results and wrote the reports.
(1995). Use of the Jolly-Seber model to detect variation in survival, population
size and recruitment of Bridled Honeaters at Paluma, Queensland. Corella, 19, 61-67.
Dettmann, E. Belinda, Scotney, B.T., Hardy, Lisa J. and Drynan, D.A.D (1995). Report on the Australian Bird and Bat
Banding Scheme, 1984-95. Australian Nature Conservation Agency.
A. and E. Belinda Dettmann (1996). Roads as activity corridors for cane toads
in Australia. J. Wildl. Manage, 60(2), 363-368.
Dettmann, E.B. and Wilson, S.J. (1997). Fire and its impact on avian population
dynamics. Pacific Conservation Biology.
Dettmann, E. Belinda, Scotney, B.T., Hardy, Lisa J. and Drynan, D.A.D (1997). Report on the Australian Bird and Banding
Scheme, 1995-96. Environment Australia.
Baker, G.B., P.
Olsen, R. McCulloch, and E.B. Dettmann (1997). Preliminary results of a
long-term study of the Nankeen Kestrel: population density and turnover. Birds Australia Monograph 3:108-113.
Belinda, G.B. Baker and S.J. Wilson (1997). Use of Jolly-Seber methods to study
the effects of fire on a population of Australian bush birds. In: Large scale
studies of marked birds. Proc. EURING97
Conf. Norfolk, UK.
& Baker, G.B. (1998). Population dynamics of the White-browed Scrubwren:
Effects of social behaviour and wildfire. In: Adams, N.J. & Slotow, R.H.
(eds) Proc. 22 Int. Ornithol. Congr.,
Durban: 325. Johannesburg: BirdLife South Africa.
Dettmann, E. Belinda, Scotney, B.T., Hardy, Lisa J. and Drynan, D.A.D (1999). Report on the Australian Bird and Banding
Scheme, 1996-97. Environment Australia.
Baker, G. Barry,
Lindy F. Lumsden, E. Belinda Dettmann, Natasha K. Schedvin, Martin Schulz, Doug
Watkins and Loraine Jansen (2011). The effect of forearm bands on insectivorous
bats (Microchiroptera) in Australia. Wildlife
research, 28(3), 229-237.
Holdsworth, Mark, Belinda Dettmann and G. Barry Baker
(2011). Survival in the Orange-bellied Parrot (Neophema chrysogaster). Emu, 111(3), 222-228.
Dann, P., Sidhu,
L. A., Jessop, R., Renwick, L., Healy, M., Dettmann, B., Baker, B., Catchpole,
E. A. (2014), Effects of flipper bands and injected transponders on the
survival of adult Little PenguinsEudyptula minor. Ibis, 156: 73–83.