Tag: nature connection

Harveys Return and a heart-shaped rock
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Harveys Return and a heart-shaped rock

It was a grey and rainy day as I began my explorations around Kangaroo Island; my first trip to this wonderful place. I had just gone for a tour at Cape Borda Lightstation, located on the north-west tip of the island and one of the few square lighthouses in Australia. There, my guide had casually...

Dhumba-dha biik: Talk Country
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Dhumba-dha biik: Talk Country

‘We are committed to caring, for this place and those who come here, now and in the future.’ I look around at the 36 excited six- and seven-year-old students who have just completed their Acknowledgement of Country. They are bundled up against the cold but clear Melbourne winter morning and they are all eager to...

Translating nature’s lessons: an interview with Dr Jenny Martin
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Translating nature’s lessons: an interview with Dr Jenny Martin

Science explains the everyday familiar in terms of the unfamiliar – it thrives on specialised language consisting of untranslatable words and symbols. Science communication is an essential aspect of many scientists’ careers – aiming to make scientific knowledge and understanding accessible to all. When it comes to the environmental sciences, science communication is integral to...

Tarpaulins and science
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Tarpaulins and science

Tarpaulins and science. That’s what they should have called it. Huddled beneath a tarp sagging with the weight of an unseasonable deluge as I burned a leech off a stranger’s leg, I wondered why I was there and not sitting in front of the taps at the local. A week earlier I had seen a...

Reconnecting with the South West wilderness
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Reconnecting with the South West wilderness

Looking upward, the Karri trees towered above me with their creams, pinks, oranges, yellows and deep greens curving up their smooth trunks, shining in the sun. Eucalyptus divisicolour – the scientific name says it all. My pack harness creaked and I breathed in the fresh South West air. As a black-cockatoo arrived at the branch...

Wollongong to Melbourne
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Wollongong to Melbourne

Since early morning I’ve been driving across the Gippsland plain in my van. I’m on my way to Tanja on the south coast of New South Wales, from Melbourne where I’ve recently moved. The Princes Highway cuts a straight path through this region, across undulating farmland. It is all cows and grass, with only scattered...