With a range that fits neatly inside Cyclone Yasi’s impact zone, and already on the endangered list, the Mahogany Glider was sure to be hugely affected by our most recent natural disaster.
A group of herpetological enthusiasts have been scouring the sand dunes of arid SA looking for, quite possibly the cutest creature to grace our continent. Let me introduce you to the Pernatty Knob-tailed Gecko (Nephrurus deleani).
For one week each February a gang of ecologists and volunteers head for the desert of northern SA to conduct Arid Recovery’s annual trapping. I had a chat to Helen, AR’s resident ecologist and got the wrap-up from this year’s event. But first a little background…
Albert’s Lyrebirds have an incredible vocal ability and visual display to attract females as we found on a recent trip to Lamington National Park
If you are in the north or east of Australia you may have noticed ‘grey toucan-like birds’ (as described by a Sydney friend) in your suburb making ridiculous sounds at all time of the day and night. These birds are actually the migratory Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae). They are commonly referred to as storm birds as they turn up in summer to breed then head back to New Guinea and Indonesia around March.
With large areas of Australia underwater it is hard to know how badly our native wildlife has been affected by this widespread flooding.
January 2011 is Feral Month and the CRC for Invasive Species is inviting everyone to contribute their feral sightings towards a national map to increase understanding of feral distributions across the country.
It may sound grotesque but stopping to inspect roadkill is a great way to find those little oddities you may not otherwise see. Much information has been garnered from roadkill specimens of poorly known species. Many times you will encounter common species, but you never know…sometimes you hit the jackpot.
I have been going nuts on the Bush Heritage website buying presents for my family from the Wild Gifts selection. Here is a sample of what you can give your nature-appreciating family and friends: For $10 BH can control foxes around loggerhead turtle nesting sites; $40 gets you 20 trees; planted for woodland bird habitat; […]
In the past few months Jase, Kate, Dan and I have made a several trips to Lamington National Park on the border of NSW and QLD. It is a magical place: World Heritage listed Sub-tropical Rainforest (think Fern Gully). Lamington is one of several ‘Gondwana Rainforests’ in Northern NSW and Southern QLD. These forests cover 0.3% of Australia but contain half of all Australian plant families and about a third of the Australia’s mammals and bird species. A biodiversity hotbed!