Category: People in Nature

You call that a tree? THIS is a tree!
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You call that a tree? THIS is a tree!

On a family holiday in New Zealand, we were driving to the beach when we passed a small, brown sign that read ‘BIG TREE’. My dad skidded to a halt, reversed back, and turned down the dirt road the sign had indicated. If there was anything that could draw the Kelly-family-holiday crowd, it was a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The ancient Xanthorrhoea: uncovering grass trees in Bailieston
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The ancient Xanthorrhoea: uncovering grass trees in Bailieston

The state forest around Bailieston in Central Victoria consists of acres of Box-ironbark and other Eucalyptus trees. Their leafy canopies offer shelter from wind and rain to resting birds. With strong competition for water and sun, young trees produce a narrow trunk reaching towards the sunlight. Older, established trees have broader trunks and far-reaching branches,...

We are the land
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We are the land

While filming in north-west Western Australia on another project, our crew were fortunate enough to meet some members of the Kara Jarri and Nyangumarta Warrarn rangers. These passionate custodians of the land, who welcomed us to their shared country at Eighty Mile Beach, were kind enough to share their stories with us. During the busy...