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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
Posted by barbara on May 14, 2016
For Australian 'southerners' used to gum trees, this magnificent Wet Tropics rainforest specimen is an eye opener.
Posted by barbara on August 9, 2016
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?
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?