The sun, the sea and your car keys10/02/15
All we need is the sun, the sea and the car keys as we take a drive around Australia to hear about the power of mother nature.
How many trees to save a parrot?
Returning for the sixteenth year to plant trees along fence lines, these Sydney-siders are getting more than a free morning tea: they're trying to save a species.
Australia's unique mammals, a one in a million motel owner...
Two stories in this episode on vastly different topics. One will tell you what holds a platypus beak in it's characteristic shape and the other will follow an international aid worker as he takes a break... by constructing a motel on the edge of the...
The bitter taste of the monarch butterfly
Native to North America, it was an extraordinary string of luck including a gold rush, cyclones, the rise of ornamental gardening that led to the naturalisation of the monarch butterfly in Australia.
The colourful life of the Australian Magpie
We love them, we fear them and we probably don’t know as much about the Australian Magpie as we should, considering their range covers most of the continent and they live out thier life in our front yards.
Oceans of Plastic
Bits and pieces of plastic of all shapes and sizes are floating in the world's ocean and no matter the size, there are impacts on marine wildlife.
Hunting for gold is hunting for history
Over the years and right up to the present, gold fever has had a huge impact on the physical and human geography of Australia.
What's in a name?
Juliet leans over the balcony and ponders the information implicit in the genus and species labels of binomial nomenclature. She sighs as the evolutionary history of each and every species in existence on the planet earth unfurls into a complex,...
Climbing to the top of the world
Step back in time with a rip-roaring adventure from another era.
Saving Victoria's endangered orchids
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.
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