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Snake saved from wok ring: all wildlife precious

Winter hibernation for reptiles explained By Merran Laver AS YOU MAY know, over the cold months our scaly reptilian friends go into a long sleep called ‘brumation’. They do this so that they can wait out the cold winter; their body temperature drops; and all functions slow down so that they don’t

Weeds threaten to overrun pastures

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St John’s Wort major outbreak in rural and reserve areas AS IF OVERNIGHT, a mass outbreak of bright yellow St John’s Wort became noticeable in December on public and private land of the capital region. Other opportunistic and invasive weeds: thistles, serrated tussock and Common Centaury amongst them, have found openings on

Caring

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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

Drought victim!

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Do you know how difficult it is to remove eel slime from your hands? On my walk yesterday afternoon (Tues 6 Nov 2018), I skirted the waterholes, now mud holes, in our swamp checking for any sign of pigs. What I found was an enormous dead eel (1m long, 10cm thick) lying

Success in treating Wombat mange

Wildlife carer’s innovative method that any landholder can adopt WOMBATS IN AUSTRALIA face challenges to their survival, including drought and the destruction of their homes due to environmental factors and human activities. As if that were not enough, sarcoptic mange remains a considerable hurdle for our native friends. Mange is a contagious

Take-home lessons from week’s extreme weather, fires

Tathra bush fires March 2018

AS THE MID-MARCH fire catastrophes, including Tathra near Bega, enveloped communities and residents, the Australian Science Media Centre gathered some expert comment on the extended fire season and the need for Australia to adapt to the changing climate. Some 70 homes and other buildings were razed in Tathra. Dr Grant Wardell-Johnson,

Larger, faster, hotter: the megafires are coming

Koorabri bushfire 2013

IN 2006 JERRY WILLIAMS, formerly of the US Forest Service, visited Australia to talk to workshops organised by Australian bushfire authorities, and he used the term ‘megafires’. These fires, he said, are essentially ‘unbounded’, but there’s surprisingly little agreement about what the term actually means. Is it a measure of a

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