Dr Kathy Townsend from Turtles in Trouble with the debris extracted from a coastal sub-adult flat back turtle in Moreton Bay, Australia. Much of this was plastic bag remnants.
The ‘Best Job in the World’ is Back!
Who we’re looking for:
We will consider applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, but believe you should possess these traits:
About the job package:
The position of Park Ranger attracts a AUD$100,000 salary package (AUD $50,000 salary and AUD $50,000 to cover living expenses) for the six-month contract.
Photograph Kakadu National Park with Steve Parish
[Only 16 Places Left!]
15th - 19th July 2013
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia - Nearly 20,000 square kilometres of ancient wetlands, escarpment, outliers, woodlands, monsoon rain forests and home to our earliest Australians for more than 50,000 years.
Come on an incredible photographic and cultural adventure with myself and my very good friend, internationally acclaimed landscape and nature photographer, Steve Parish.
We will explore and take time to capture amazing images of the cultural landscape, as well as the magnificent flora and fauna that makes Kakadu National Park one of the most fascinating World Heritage listed areas on this planet!
An incredible journey of 5 days and 4 nights with all meals and quality accommodation taken care of, with Steve’s guidance to help you with your images all along the way!
David Attenborough introduces Charlie Veron from the Australian Institute of Marine Science on the future of the Great Barrier Reef at the Royal Society.
Brushturkeys, Alectura lathami, belong to a family of birds known as megapodes. Found in rainforests, wet schlerophyll forests and scrub habitats across eastern Australia, brushturkeys are the only birds in which egg incubation temperature is known to affect the sex ratio of hatchlings.
As an Australian, I believe it is my duty to reblog this! And to add that we used to have brushturkeys (we also call them scrub-turkeys) in our backyards in Southeast Queensland. They would rake leaves from your yard into a huge mound for their nest, leaving a trail of leaf-litter and the remnants of your garden across the lawn. Although I found this whole exercise fantastic to watch, it did not sit well with the avid gardeners of suburbia. I haven’t seen a brushturkey this side of town for years…
A golden Brushtail Possum joey was rescued a few months ago and buddied up with a grey Brushtail joey already in care after his mother had been killed by a car. Their wildlife carer Lynda says “possum joeys tend to do better in care when they have a buddy of the same species to put them at ease. Both joeys having lost their mums are seeking reassurance in each other and it’s working a treat.”
A healthy population to extinction in just 20 years…
“Saving the bat wasn’t an impossible mission. It’s just that the government and the people of Australia - one of the richest countries on earth - decided it wasn’t worth doing.” - Tim Flannery
[Read more on Tim Flannery’s warning of a new wave of extinction.]
HEALESVILLE SANCTUARY 2012 STEVE PARISH KIDS PHOTO WORKSHOP PHOTO COMPTETION RESULTS
FIRST PRIZE WINNER: ‘Dingo Lick’ by Georgina
The illegal trade of birds into and out of Australia is going virtually unchecked… with two sweeping government investigations failing to prosecute the smugglers they identified.
The investigations revealed the role of sophisticated networks of criminals trading eggs of native parrots with those of exotic parrots from South Africa, Singapore and the Philippines.
But despite having some of the toughest penalties in the world for wildlife crime, up to 10 years in jail and $100,000 fines, the alleged perpetrators were not even charged.
The previous national manager of investigations with the Australian Customs Service says that is because wildlife investigations are poorly resourced…
“This poor little joey was hurt in a recent bush fire. His feet are pretty burnt so the goal is to try and keep him off his feet so they can heal.”