The delicious nectar from a Grevillea stand immediately in front of our house is being hotly contested by the resident honeyeaters. A grab for exclusive pecking rights is underway.
By this time of year most of us have started winding down, cheerfully enjoying the season’s rumball-fuelled fripperies. Meanwhile, in a remote pocket of south-west Tasmania, a project is underway to try and mitigate a conservation crisis. And the stakes couldn’t be higher; the very existence of a spectacular Australian bird hangs in the balance. […]
Quolls are carnivorous marsupials (genus Dasyurus) with four species found in Australia and two in New Guinea.
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.
The Sandhill Dunnart (Sminthopsis psammophila) was first discovered in the Northern Territory during 1894 when the lead scientist on the expedition kicked the small darting animal with his boot! 117 years later, these insect-eating marsupials seem to have largely escaped intensive research, and we still know little about them.
With their floppy ears, tiny curled tail and puppy dog eyes, the Western Pygmy Possum (Cercartetus concinnus) is the cutest creature to fit in the palm of your hand…however I am slightly biased… and here’s why.
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.