Coral bleaching has been back in the headlines again recently – surely we’re all aware of it by now.
This month not for profit organisation Earthwatch are busy chasing volunteers for their expeditions to discover more about the unique and fascinating wildlife of our Cloud Forests here in Queensland…
Escape the sounds of the bustling city as you step into the lush and tranquil tropics on Earthwatch’s Wildlife of the Cloud Forests expedition. The sounds of a bird chorus at dawn and trickling waters of nearby creeks and streams will be your new home, as you immerse yourself in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
An interesting news story caught my eye this week – a group of kids were found playing in a suburban Sydney street with a Red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans). Luckily, a passer by recognised the turtle for what it was, and reported it to NSW DPI.
The arrival of spring is not the only reason to celebrate in September, it’s also national biodiversity month.
It provides a chance to celebrate Australia’s magnificent flora, fauna and landscapes; and to promote the conservation of our unique native wildlife.
To wrap up NBM 2011, I thought we’d reflect a bit on what “biodiversity” means in Australia.
Sweeping flourishes of green from renewed growth, splashes of brown, yellow and red where flood waters have washed away the dust and revealed new, fresh earth – and potholes the size of 44 gallon drums! And, of course, the wildlife has gone nuts!
Australias largest endemic butterfly, the Cairns Birdwing Butterfly, is well known for its spectacular wing colouration, and it’s life cycle is just as impressive…
Heavy flows have finally funnelled their way down to the Coorong, topping up waterholes and filling the floodplains of the Murray along the way. Many iconic plants and animals have been revelling in their newly restored habitats. Perhaps none so much as the Murray Hardyhead (Craterocephalus fluviatilis). This small, native fish is truly hanging by a thread.
A world first captive breeding program offers hope for the rehabilitation of Queenslands dissappearing rainforest frogs
Endangered Cassowaries are even more vulnerable to extinction after two cyclones in the past 5 years caused severe damage to critical rainforest habitat
This species is not endangered and it’s not hard to find… it’s just darn fascinating!
While enjoying a drink on her deck every afternoon at 5.30pm, a colleague of mine has noticed a spider building its web – in exactly the same location. Every morning at 7am, while having her coffee, she observed the spider ‘eating’ its web, then tucking himself under the bark of a tree. Same spider, same spot, at the exact same time each morning/night.