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
Gang gang cockatoos refresh themselves in a garden. (PHOTO: Glenn Pure) By Grainne Cleary, Deakin University THIS SUMMER, when a rainbow lorikeet or kookaburra comes to visit your home, what will you do? Will you offer them a slice of apple, or simply watch until they take flight? It brings many people
Strawberry at the training course by Philip Machin, for Wildcare Wildcare snake handling courses (to be continued next year) provide the opportunity for this month’s column. Wildcare has a large number of trained snake handlers (albeit there is a shortage in the Sutton/Gundaroo area) and the courses are aimed at new recruits
Welcome Swallow: Hirundo neoxena (other names: Australian Swallow, House Swallow): The swallow builds a cup-shaped mud nest in open sheds, under eaves and anywhere it can attach the nest and have shelter. Seeing any nests brings to mind the work involved for the birds. Their beaks are small and carrying