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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...

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...

Secret love
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Secret love

My dad was a man of few words, except when he got together with a few mates and spun such yarns that Mum would roll her eyes behind his back. He worked hard as a labourer all his life and, despite having left school at thirteen to help on the family farm on the New...

A fervour for eucalypts: an interview with Dean Nicolle
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A fervour for eucalypts: an interview with Dean Nicolle

Hailing from South Australia, Dr Dean Nicolle seems to have long held an interest in botany. From early beginnings studying horticulture in secondary school, to science at the University of Adelaide, and finally a PhD in plant systematics at Flinders University, it’s safe to say that Dean has a well established passion for plants. Not...

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...

Rescue in the rainforest
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Rescue in the rainforest

My mornings are typical of anyone with kids. As I prep breakfast, julienning sweet potato and rinsing chickpeas, Misty tugs at my leg, looking for attention. She’s needy and wants to be at the centre of everything. I nudge her off gently. Without hesitation, Misty grabs at my ankle. Her real mother died when she...

Gardens for Wildlife: promoting biodiversity conservation in urban areas
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Gardens for Wildlife: promoting biodiversity conservation in urban areas

To many, nature conservation is a thing that only occurs in wilderness areas such as national parks and reserves, or areas of private land with conservation covenants or Land for Wildlife. However, as suburban sprawl and other forms of land-clearing continue to fragment and reduce wildlife habitat, gardens can increasingly make important contributions to nature...

Remembering the wild: bringing nature into the everyday
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Remembering the wild: bringing nature into the everyday

The Situation I invite you to consider your daily routine. Think about the actions you normally take from the time you wake in the morning to the moment you lay your head back down on your pillow each night. As you imagine the unfolding of your typical day, try to calculate how many minutes you’ve...