FOR MANY, CHRISTMAS means Mariah Carey songs on repeat, hot weather and flashes of green and yellow insects in our gardens. But in recent years Christmas beetle sightings appear to be dwindling. A new online study is hoping to recruit community scientists and budding entomologists to help track and count the beetles. Tanya Latty,
My must-watch show is this riveting spring moose migration, a natural drama full of atavistic pleasures. Appointment viewing is a different prospect in Sweden. The nation is not glued to AC-12 interviews with an officer one rank superior. Instead, each spring for the past three years, the state broadcaster Sveriges Television
You can help SINCE CHRISTMAS, WILDCARE, with the help of many affected property owners, and community volunteers, such as the Southern Tablelands 4WD Club, have been delivering essential food — grass, hay, pellets, bird seed, fruit/vegetables and ‘browse’ (native tree and shrub cuttings) — to known surviving animals, whose habitat has
THE DOGS THAT Made Australia is a meticulously well researched book by NSW author and dog behaviourist Guy Hull. Published by Harper Collins, it traces the role of dogs in Australia’s nation building. Some of the dog-assisted endeavours described are misguided long-term failures such as the development of kangaroo dog breeds
WE ALL KNOW that compost is vital in providing essential nutrients for plant growth, it fertilises the soil and creates a healthy environment for plants and crops. But do you know this organic material also plays a crucial role towards building a greener, cleaner and sustainable environment for future generations. 1.
Maria Taylor visits two local heros of animal medicine and welfare in south-east NSW in this excerpt from her forthcoming book. THERE ARE A lot of kangaroos in my neighourhood on the fringes of the national capital. The countryside is rural residential — a mix of hobby-block farming, people who feed