Tag: conservation

The emu-wren diaries
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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 mallee bird and the efforts underway to save the species. 2014 Monday, January 13th The heathlands stretch out in every direction, as far as the...

The heathland sanctuaries of Bayside
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The heathland sanctuaries of Bayside

It’s a typical winter’s morning in Melbourne: raining, windy and ten degrees. But despite the weather, a group of dedicated volunteers has donned their beanies, gathered at a small heathland reserve in Sandringham and is busy digging holes in the damp, sandy soil. I’m joining these volunteers for the monthly working bee of the Friends...

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...

Remembering the Thylacine: Endangered, Extinct… Resurrected?
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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 on which the last known Tasmanian Tiger died in Hobart Zoo in 1936. Though numbers had been in rapid decline for decades, it was not...

Redefining the environmental scientist
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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 innate love that we have for our natural world is therefore intrinsic to our human nature and can be seen as the foundation of the...

It takes a village: saving the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-cockatoo is a community ambition
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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 Black-cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus banksii graptogyne or the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-cockatoo, isolated from others of their kind by thousands of kilometres. Their life history is inextricably tied to...

‘Brown birds in a brown landscape’
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‘Brown birds in a brown landscape’

Migratory shorebirds are considered our most endangered group of birds. Described as ‘brown birds in a brown landscape’, they are notoriously difficult to identify and are adept at remaining hidden in their threatened habitats; those mud flats and in-between tidal zones that are often not seen as distinct environments. It is this invisibility that has...