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Entries Tagged as 'wildlife'

PARADISE V. VERMIN: LORD HOWE’S WAR ON RATS

October 31st, 2009 · 7 Comments · News

Photos and Story by JAMES WOODFORD Entire populations of some of Lord Howe Island’s unique wildlife are to be herded and brought into captivity for their safety. Cattle and chickens will be slaughtered or sent away. Even though the threat is negligible, dogs will be muzzled and children brought close. Then for 100 days a […]

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The Old Tree Blues

August 26th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Blog

Blue Tree picture by Bob Beale Story by James Woodford Recently a former colleague of mine, Bob Beale, sent me this amazing photo he took of a tree painted blue. Bob, who is the author of the recently-published If Trees Could Speak, is a renowned environmental and science journalist and distributor of internet funnies. When […]

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Corroboree Frogs Take a Bath

July 8th, 2008 · No Comments · News

Picture by Rick Stevens Story by James Woodford  This winter 1,000 of the nation’s rarest tadpoles will be taking a freezing bath. In the past decade scientists working to save the Corroboree Frog have been unable to bring the species back from the brink of extinction. Only 65 males are known to exist in the […]

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Top Economist Takes Holiday with Wombats

July 3rd, 2008 · No Comments · Blog

I say thank God the head of Treasury, Dr Ken Henry, plans to spend his holidays helping to save the northern hairy-nosed wombat.Of course there has been predictable denigration of the idea. But what would everyone prefer? That he do what most privileged and powerful people do – take off overseas? Jump aboard a luxury […]

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