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Ice Bear bearing up, just!

Posted by barbara on June 6, 2011

World Environment Day at Circular Quay was all about getting up close and personal, as in hands on with a majestic and ultimately mournful defrosting ice bear. It was both a privilege and chilling to momentarily witness the melting of the ice sculpture and and ongoing revelation of its tarnished metal skeleton - a masterful stunt.
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Action on climate change

Posted by barbara on June 5, 2011

World Environment Day dawns bright. 'Get up' is the message, as in not only click on a tab that takes a few seconds of your life (as in add your voice to this online 'sign here' campaign) but turn out in person. Thousands did just that.
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Reprieve for flying foxes?

Posted by barbara on May 18, 2011

Wotif the colony of bats due to be scared out of the Royal Botanic Gardens by an electronic sound blast decide to relocate to the Lillypilies and Port Jackson figs of Kirribilli, the first 'station' up the line?
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Jasmine in July?

Posted by barbara on July 17, 2011

Jasmine used to be a plant that flowered in Spring so why is it budding in mid July?
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January's deluge flattens gorge vegetation

Posted by barbara on August 6, 2011

The massive downpours that flooded Brisbane and devastated Queensland's Lockyer Valley and other localities in January 2011 left their mark in northern NSW.
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Wet weekends continue to dog summer

Posted by barbara on December 11, 2011

After last year's summer La Nina and unprecedented floods, are we in for more of the same or just a cool wet winter?
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Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens are now batless?

Posted by barbara on August 19, 2012

After 20 years of hosting a large colony of gray-headed fruit bats, the Palm Grove is now eerily silent.
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Farming the fly?

Posted by barbara on December 4, 2012

Is fly farming a surefire method to reduce depletion of our precious fish stocks? What have we got to lose?
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AGL coal seam gas threat to Sydney's Nepean River?

Posted by barbara on January 31, 2013

What are Sydneysiders, and Western Sydney locals in particular, to make of the flooding of a coal seam gas well pad next to the Nepean River?
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Guns, bows and arrows, and political expediency

Posted by barbara on February 19, 2013

The NSW Government's intention to introduce recreational hunting into national parks will have minimal impact on feral animal numbers while endangering the lives of native wildlife species and hapless park visitors.
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Wild night across Sydney

Posted by barbara on February 24, 2013

Is the ferocity of the storm event that hit the coast of Sydney just before midnight on Saturday 24 a sign of things to come? Let's hope not, especially for suburbs hit by 'freak' tornados.
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User pays in national parks, shooters included?

Posted by barbara on April 19, 2013

For decades, NSW taxpayers visiting national parks and reserves have paid for the privilege of doing so. Will recreational shooters do likewise or do they get in for free?
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Sydney's jacarandas flowering early, midway through October

Posted by barbara on October 26, 2013

There used to be a saying in Sydney that uni students who hadn't knuckled down to their studies by the time the jacarandas flowered would be in trouble. And that was understood by all to mean the month of November.
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The Old Waiau, South Island, New Zealand

Posted by barbara on March 14, 2014

Two rivers in NZ go by the name Waiau, Maori for flowing waters but only one has retained its natural flow regime.
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Bogong moths hit Sydney four months early?

Posted by barbara on May 29, 2014

The fact that Bogong moths are turning up in Sydney in late May is bound to end in tears.
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Cape Tribulation cassowaries defy road traffic

Posted by barbara on May 12, 2016

With so many Cassowary Crossing road signs in Far North Queensland, would we actually get to see one in the flesh?
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Curtain Fig par excellence

Posted by barbara on May 14, 2016

For Australian 'southerners' used to gum trees, this magnificent Wet Tropics rainforest specimen is an eye opener.
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How many Australians have visited the Hume Dam, a nation building project completed in 1936 to regulate the Murray River's history of floods and droughts?
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Bush Stone-curlews in plain sight

Posted by barbara on October 15, 2016

We were driving to a beach north of Cairns when a family gathering of unusual looking stationary birds caught my eye. What bird is that?
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