Tag: book review

Farming in harmony with the landscape
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Farming in harmony with the landscape

Call of the Reed Warbler is a book that takes time to read. Over the past few months, as I’ve been absorbing all 500 plus pages, the country has simultaneously watched the farmers of New South Wales suffer through what has been referred to by some as the worst drought in living memory. The tagline...

Bouncing Back: a story of hope
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Bouncing Back: a story of hope

More than ever before, the children of today have an uncertain environmental future, not knowing what species will still exist in their lifetime. Bouncing Back: An Eastern Barred Bandicoot Story tells the story of one of southeastern Australia’s most iconic threatened species. It is also a story of hope. While speaking with Rohan Cleave, the author...

Penny Olsen on the enigmatic Night Parrot and the people who chase it
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Penny Olsen on the enigmatic Night Parrot and the people who chase it

When images of a live Night Parrot were taken back in 2013, the ensuing excitement was like nothing seen before in the annals of Australian natural history. It spread like wildfire among nature enthusiasts as the public waited with fervour for more details about the sighting. This was a monumental discovery, one that ended continued...

Phasmid: the indefatigable invertebrate
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Phasmid: the indefatigable invertebrate

Children’s books have a long history of portraying hopeful tales of adventure and survival through fictional characters and fantastical worlds. Phasmid, however, is of a different nature. A true story told through lyrical words and unique illustrations, this picture book is as informative and fascinating as it is beautiful. Written by Rohan Cleave, invertebrate zookeeper...

An abundance of bird obsessives
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An abundance of bird obsessives

Perhaps the only thing more interesting than the incredibly diverse, intensely beautiful, and often amazingly intelligent birds that grace our planet are the stories of the bird lovers themselves. Those who traverse the Earth, searching for new species, obtaining new knowledge on the species we already know, or simply chasing the birds that haunt their...

Tackling the myths and misunderstandings of shark attacks
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Tackling the myths and misunderstandings of shark attacks

I’ll never forget the summer of 2014. The scent of salt in the air, the sun slowly setting over the bay, and around me the steady burbling of seawater flowing into the tanks. Circling inside the largest tank were 10 timid gummy sharks (Mustelus antarcticus), who would often recognise my hand in the water not...

One drop to kill them all
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One drop to kill them all

Okay, so let’s check that I’ve set this up right. The grass is in, I’ve got a little dirt mound in the corner for burrowing, some old leaves and twigs for shelter, a few rocks for an outcrop of sorts and the Coke bottle lid is filled with water so that they can drink. All...

Grit and passion: the story of Bush Heritage Australia
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Grit and passion: the story of Bush Heritage Australia

The story of Bush Heritage Australia is quite incredible. From humble beginnings in what was essentially a Hobart broom cupboard in 1985 to one of Australia’s largest conservation organisations in 2017, it’s a story of grit, passion and lots of hard work. Author Sarah Martin documents the development of Bush Heritage into the behemoth it...