Jan 142017
 
Breeding for their lives: the fragile plight of orange-bellied parrots

This summer, I’ve been glued to my phone, awaiting every Twitter notification. But what I’m following is happening in Tasmania’s Southwest Wilderness World Heritage Area, far from celebrities, politics or online trolls. I am watching a succession of videos portraying the wiggling, fuzzy, yellow-beaked bodies of the next generation of orange-bellied parrots. These striking birds […]

Oct 192016
 
POLL: Should shark nets be used to protect swimmers?

Mike Baird has this week announced a plan for a six-month trial of shark nets off the beaches of northern New South Wales. This would extend the state’s shark net program from the 51 beaches now netted between Wollongong and Newcastle. The premier’s announcement was triggered by a surfer receiving minor injuries on Wednesday after […]

Oct 072016
 
Australia's government open to shark cull on NSW north coast

The federal government has signalled it would consider a shark cull on the New South Wales north coast after a teenage surfer was mauled by a great white. It comes as the NSW government announces a new three-month trial of shark-spotting drones for the area, and additional drum lines off the coast. The federal environment […]

Sep 062016
 
Tasmanian devils rapidly evolving to resist contagious cancer, study finds

Within just a handful of generations, Tasmanian devils appear to have evolved resistance to an unusual contagious cancer that was widely expected to make the ill-tempered carnivorous marsupials extinct in the wild. The remarkable finding gives hope that the unique animals could survive the disease, which has already wiped out 80% of the animals in […]

Aug 282016
 
POLL: Should Australia's wild horses be culled?

A plan to cull more than 5,000 brumbies in the Snowy Mountains has received the support of leading scientists from around Australia. Forty-one scientists from 16 universities have written to the New South Wales premier, Mike Baird, to support the proposed cull of 90% of the brumby population in Kosciuszko national park. They are backing […]

Aug 042016
 
White humpback Migaloo spotted off Australia's Byron Bay

A famous white humpback whale has been spotted on his annual migration to Australia’s north. Migaloo is known for his distinctive colouring and for many years was the only documented all-white humpback whale in the world. He has been sighted off the coast of New South Wales state, including the resort town of Byron Bay. […]

Jul 132016
 
Birds along Palm Jungle track in Royal National Park

After weeks of rainy weather the sun has finally come out in Sydney and to celebrate I headed out to Royal National Park to hike along the coastline and to do a bit of birdwatching along the way. I took a train to Otford and the birdwatching started before I even got to the park. […]

Jun 212016
 
Nepal’s extinct bird spotted after disappearing for 178 years

A team of bird-watchers stumbled upona bird that hasn’t been seen in eastern Nepal for almost 200 years. The red-faced liocichla (Liocichla phoenicea) hasn’t been spotted for 178 years and was thought to be locally extinct, according to Australian Geographic. A group of ornithologists spotted the bird on a 10-day bird watching tour. “We were […]

Jun 192016
 
Australia's largest cockatoo threatened by bauxite mining

Australia’s spectacular palm cockatoo is being put at risk by proposed bauxite mines, conservationists have said. The Cape York palm cockatoo, Australia’s largest cockatoo, is listed as vulnerable under Australia’s federal environment laws. About 3,000 mature birds are thought to exist, and their numbers are declining. It is considered a distinct subspecies of the palm […]

May 192016
 
Great Barrier Reef: devastating images tell story of coral colonies' destruction

Devastating images showing the complete destruction of coral colonies on the Great Barrier Reef have been obtained by Guardian Australia and illustrate what is happening to coral there that would fill an area the size of Scotland. They reveal the rapid death of coral impacting much of the Great Barrier Reef, with estimates that as […]

May 182016
 
The audacious plan to airlift 80 rhinos to Australia

A South African expatriate’s desire to protect rhinoceroses from poachers is driving an unusual plan to breed the giant animals down under. It’s sometimes said that people look like their pets. But that’s not the case with Ray Dearlove. He’s a a statuesque slab of fellow, built like a prop forward with the weathered features […]

May 132016
 
POLL: Should Australia do more to protect threatened species?

Nearly 50 new species of flora and fauna have been added without fanfare to the federal government’s list of threatened species, including nine that are critically endangered. Among the species to be added to the list under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act were the brush-tailed bettong (endangered), the three-toed snake-tooth skink (vulnerable), the […]

Mar 302016
 
Win for Critically Endangered Australian Regent Honeyeater in Court Decision

BirdLife Australia is celebrating a landmark court decision to protect the Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeater. In a desperately needed win for the Critically Endangered bird, the NSW Land and Environment Court has found in favour of a challenge to the approval of a development which would have destroyed its habitat. In the decision, it was […]