The emu-wren diaries

There is a bold plan underway to bring Mallee Emu-wrens back to South Australia, where wildfires have wiped them out. Simon Verdon details the decline of this mysterious and beautiful

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On the hunt for superpowered slugs

As a diver and dive guide, I have always felt a bit awkward searching for the small, hidden things at the bottom of the ocean rather than looking for bigger,

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Back from the brink: crowdfunding for the genetic rescue of Eastern Barred Bandicoots

An article published in 1934 describes the flavour of bandicoot stew. ‘After chewing a mouthful I gave up,’ the writer states. ‘The stew tasted like roots. I have not sampled

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Remembering the Thylacine: Endangered, Extinct… Resurrected?

Amid the battle to save our increasing list of threatened and endangered species it is important to remember the ones already lost to history. Threatened Species Day commemorates the date

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Sugarbag Bees lend a hand in Australian fruit crop pollination

Bee stings are worse than wedgies. Still, I’m squirming and dreading bending over while wearing this bright white bee jumpsuit. My supervisor informs me – while smirking – that the

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Redefining the environmental scientist

Edward O. Wilson describes ‘the connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life’ as biophilia, which directly translates to a ‘love of life or living systems.’ This

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It’s not just species that go extinct

Life is made up of moments. In the warm waters off Heron Island, on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, I remember the moment I first swam with

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It takes a village: saving the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-cockatoo is a community ambition

In Victoria’s far south-west, the Red-tailed Black-cockatoo survives in a fragmented landscape of stringybark forests within a matrix of agricultural lands. The birds here are a distinct subspecies of Red-tailed

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What can parasites teach us about managing koalas?

Koalas are a beloved Australian icon, arguably as popular amongst tourists to Australia as the Giant Panda is for those visiting China. Yet, across their range koalas are causing a

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A little life lesson and a plea for perspective

When I walk through the forest, along a beach, or even if I simply sit on the grass in the backyard, there’s something I frequently consider that I’m guessing many

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