Category Archives: Environment

Big dry driving red-headed strangers south for a wetter life in our backyards

1509394543564It’s got a vivid red head and it’s more commonly spotted on the Queensland coast – but you may soon see this beautiful little bird in your Melbourne backyard.

That’s because the scarlet honeyeater appears to be heading to Victoria to seek refuge from drought in its usual habitat.

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An animal by any other name: Could changing this species’ name help save it from extinction?

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The greater stick nest rat has teetered on the brink of extinction – and no one but a few dedicated souls seems ready to save the furry little rodent.

Is it because of its name? Specifically, one word in its name? Rat?

That’s the question raised by the manager of an extraordinary zoological collection of both extinct and surviving species.

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Rare, eerie bird returns to Bendigo bushland

 

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It’s call has been likened to the wailing of children and screams for help – but the eerie night-time cry of the curlew has disappeared from the bush surrounding Bendigo.

The once common bush-stone curlew is now listed as endangered in Victoria. And Judy Crocker – who is spearheading local efforts to save the secretive bird – estimates there may be as few as two breeding pairs in the area.

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Microchips to save critically endangered microbats

 

r0_15_620_317_w1200_h678_fmaxA team of researchers from Bendigo is employing cutting-edge technology in a bid to save an enigmatic, yet little-known animal which breeds in just two caves in southern Australia.

The southern bent-wing bat is one of five Australian mammals listed as critically endangered, but La Trobe PhD researcher Emmi Scherlies said the reasons for its dramatic decline were a mystery.Screen Shot 2017-08-03 at 4.58.40 PM

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