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from kangaroo island to mallacoota, citizen scientists proved vital to australia’s bushfire recovery

From Kangaroo Island to Mallacoota, citizen scientists proved vital to Australia’s bushfire recovery

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Picture: David Crosling/AAP Following the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20, many people throughout Australia, and across the world, wanted to know how they could help in response to the environmental disaster. Hundreds contacted the Australian...
summer bushfires: how are the plant and animal survivors 6 months on? we mapped their recovery

Summer bushfires: how are the plant and animal survivors 6 months on? We mapped...

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State Government of Victoria/Agriculture, Water and the Environment Australia roared into 2020 as a land on fire. The human and property loss was staggering, but the damage to nature was equally hard to fathom....
even a microchipped pet can be lost if your data is out of date

Even a microchipped pet can be lost if your data is out of date

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Picture: "Piper" by Susan Garwood Pets are beloved family members. On July 1st 2018, every state and territory of Australia (excluding the Northern Territory) enacted laws making microchipping cats and dogs compulsory. South Australia was the latest...
illegal hunters are a bigger problem on farms than animal activists – so why aren’t we talking about that?

Illegal hunters are a bigger problem on farms than animal activists – so why...

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Picture: Sipa USA This month, the Victorian government announced on-the-spot fines for trespassers on farms following an upper house inquiry into how animal activism affects agriculture. It’s the latest in a string of new state and federal laws designed...
the leadbeater’s possum finally had its day in court. it may change the future of logging in australia

The Leadbeater’s possum finally had its day in court. It may change the future...

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Picture: Shuttlestock The Federal Court last week ruled that VicForests – a timber company owned by the Victorian government – breached environmental laws when they razed the habitat of the critically endangered Leadbeater’s possum and the vulnerable greater glider. Environmentalists welcomed the...
are ‘dog years’ for real? an explanation of calculating canine age

Are ‘dog years’ for real? An explanation of calculating canine age

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Picture: Riley - Terena Furney If your dog has been alive and kicking its paws about for a decade, the widely held belief is that it has aged as much as a human would have...

One cat, one year, 110 native animals: lock up your pet, it’s a killing...

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Picture: Anton Darius/Unsplash We know feral cats are an enormous problem for wildlife – across Australia, feral cats collectively kill more than three billion animals per year. Cats have played a leading role in most of Australia’s 34...
abuse and abandonment: why pets are at risk during this pandemic

Abuse and abandonment: why pets are at risk during this pandemic

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Picture: Shuttlestock In a few short months the COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated a series of dramatic social, political and environmental changes. Yet the focus remains resolutely on humans, leaving animals largely out of the picture. While...

Meet Chimbu, the blue-eyed, bear-eared tree kangaroo. Your cuppa can help save his species

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Picture: Healesville Sanctuary, Author provided Tree kangaroos are so unusual that when Europeans first encountered them in Australia in 1872, they were sceptical. Who would believe a kangaroo could climb a tree? But the recent birth of Chimbu – a...
b&bs for birds and bees: transform your garden or balcony into a wildlife haven

B&Bs for birds and bees: transform your garden or balcony into a wildlife haven

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Graphic by: Wes Mountain/The Conversation Just like humans, animals like living near coastal plains and waterways. In fact, cities such as Sydney and Melbourne are “biodiversity hotspots” – boasting fresh water, varied topographies and relatively rich soil to sustain...