Saving Victoria's endangered orchids07/31/15
Ten years in the making, today is the day that 100 rare orchids will be planted into a rabbit proof enclosure, inside cages. They're delicate and they are disingenuous when it comes to reproduction. Ladies and gentlemen: the Yellow-lip Spider-orchid.
Seeking nature on the Gold Coast: paradise lost or gained?
It's not what immediately comes to mind when you think of ecotourism: casinos, theme parks and a beach shaded by high rises. But it turns out that if you seek a connection with nature, you might just find it in SE Queensland, at the Gold Coast.
Bovine brains, curious cows and the politics of being part...
After some 8000 years of domestication, do cows like jazz? Why won't they cross cattle grids? And at what point does the economic drive for production outweigh an individual animal's welfare?
To climb, or not to climb?
Uluru is a significant tourist destination and instantly recognisable symbol of Australia but how much do we really value the rock? Enough not to climb it?
As long as I can see the light
As the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service was established 100 years ago, people passionate about lighthouses come together to discuss the changes that have occurred.
Driving it home
A traumatic event on a South Australian leaves its mark on a man who was the first on the scene.
Loving your environment to death
It might be easy to point the finger at other user groups as more environmentally destructive than you are, but are any of us innocent when it comes to recreational ecological impact in bushland sites?
Long-nosed Bandicoots in Sydney backyards
Setting out traps around the apartment buildings in the beach side suburb of Manly, Sydney, yields adorable results: there is an endangered population of Long-nosed Bandicoots in the area.
Australia's extraordinary rainforest woods
These plants fed the dinosaurs, in fact, the oxygen these plants pumped into the air enabled dinosaurs to evolve lungs.
Sea urchin solo in the coral reef choir
Birds aren't the only ones who sing at dawn and dusk. Under the waves there are a whole range of creatures who make a racket, not least of all, sea urchins.
Take to the air
Take off into with people who dream of flight.
The roads less travelled
With a punishing 18 day on, 9 day off schedule, these workers spend more time grading roads in outback Australia than they do with their families.
Motorbike groups call for recreational registration
The Motorcycle Council of NSW says that a new category of registration would go part of the way to solving illegal riding in the state's forests.
Labyrinths a tonic for the modern age
A comment in an airport lounge in Albuquerque led one woman to raise a half a million dollars for a public labyrinth in a Sydney park.
A heart full of wing beats
The ten gallon hat has stains across its band from the last lambing season. He speaks with a slight whistle on his ‘esses’. He goes crook about modern art and the rabbit problem. But this man, who at first glance seems to be a hardened outback type,...
Trout fisheries caught on the fly
Even though thousands of trout are released every year into Australian waters, some fly fishers say the fishery is in decline.
A cricket game on a cocklespit
Regional South Australian yacht club members don their thongs and play a game of tippity-cricket in the middle of the Spencer Gulf.
Science and silence in the life of a desert walker
Andrew Harper’s business card says that he is a 'desert walker'.
From unused pool to environmentally cool
Michael Gillings decided that he didn't want a pool in his backyard anymore. But rather than filling it in he has guided the pool back to nature, converting it into a pond bursting with all sorts of native creatures. These include his crowing...
The northern-hopping mouse builds its own house
The northern hopping-mouse not only builds it's own house, that house has secret entrances and is built in rhythm with the lunar cycle.
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