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Wildlife Secrets Workshops Update

by on Jul.31, 2016, under Fauna, Information, Victoria

Upcoming Events

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Saturday 3rd September (Eltham)

Nestbox Workshop 

Want to build your own wildlife nesting box?

Need to learn how to design, 

install and maintain a box.

Creating genuine homes for wildlife is exceptionally rewarding. In this workshop we bring a leader in nest-box designs and installation. Reveal the secrets to providing a box for wildlife, keep out unwanted pests birds and bees plus make long lasting boxes that will keep your family thrilled.

Cost: $95

Where: Eltham

Bring the family or friends and have a rewarding and informative day out. We provide the box for you to assemble (Choose from 3 designs). Showbag of wildlife goodies included!

Bookings a must workshop@wildlifesecrets.com.au

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Venom Workshop – Peter Mirtschin also known as the Venom Merchant.

A workshop on learning the aspects of snake venom, anti venom and how and why snakes use their venom. This workshop covers the basic and with our special guest speaker the rare chance to directly find out about the keeping of venomous snakes and issues of venom in snakebites across Australia.

Bookings are essential. Certificate of Attendance for attendees and a venom show bag of goodies. Peter is the author of Australian Snakes Venomous and Harmless so bring your copy or buy on day signed.

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Wildlife Secrets Magazine : Vol 3 No 4

by on Mar.24, 2014, under Competitions, Fauna, Magazine, Western Australia

Healing the Movie - Raptors

Healing the Movie – Raptors

OK, so we’re a little late for the start of 2014 but we have a bumper issue for you to get the year going, including a movie competition with plenty of double passes to give away.

Our cover photo this issue is Don Hany mano a mano (or perhaps, more aptly,  ‘soul to soul’) with an eagle as part of his deeply moving role in the new Australian movie healing, which will be released into cinemas in May. We took a look at the movie and were so impressed we thought our readers would enjoy some insights into the making of the movie and the relationships between the birds of prey and the cast and crew of healing.  In the article ‘healing: a must-see movie for all wildlife lovers’, we ask director Craig Monahan and actor Don Hany to give their thoughts on the film and their insights on working with these wonderful birds.

For our reptile lovers,  this issue contains some fascinating articles, including ‘Where the dragons dwell’, in which Lyall Naylor looks at Australian dragons. In addition, Luke Allen tells us everything you ever wanted to know about toxinology and the power of poison!

 

Other articles include ‘A secret tropical wildlife sanctuary’ set in the Kimberley with Michelle Grady, ‘Trail cameras for wildlife monitoring’ by Alex Payne, Fairy martins with Lisa and Peter Nunn in ‘Secret sightings’, plus our regulars, Bernice and Mark Mahoney, strut their stuff in ‘Secret shutterbugs’, and Manfred Zabinskas relates another extraordinary encounter in ‘Secret rescue’.

Don’t forget to pass the magazine on to your wildlife friends once you’ve finished reading, to share the joy! If you’d like to stay abreast of Wildlife Secrets’ news, plus enjoy regular competitions for DVDs, tickets, books, toys and lots more, simply subscribe to our online newsletter by going to the home page of the web site (www.wildlifesecrets.com.au) and filling out your name and email address and submitting. ”

This month’s features

Where the dragons dwell …

They may not breathe fire and they are a little shy, but the dragons of Australia are nonetheless fascinating. They have captured the imagination of Lyall Naylor since he was a child and here he tells us all about them.

healing: a must-see movie for all wildlife lovers

There’s a wonderful movie soon to be released which stars Don Hany, Hugo Weaving and Xavier Samuel as well as
an unlikely bunch of actors: majestic birds of prey. These extraordinary birds are at the heart of this film, and we sat down and talked to director Craig Monahan about working with the raptors during shooting. We were also fortunate to have the opportunity to ask Don Hany what it was like to act alongside these scene stealers!

Trail cameras for wildlife monitoring

In the dark of night, or when we’re not looking, what do wildlife get up to? Trail cameras allow us an intimate insight into their secret lives, and Alex Payne explains how you can set up a camera to catch those special moments.

mother Nature’s chemist

The thought of snakebites sends shivers down most people’s spines, but their venom is much prized by researchers. Luke Allen milks snakes for a living, and he let us in on a few of the secrets behind the science.

This month’s regulars

secret places: a secret tropical wildlife sanctuary

Michelle Grady works for the Pew Charitable Trusts, an international conservation group that works with governments to safeguard natural assets. In Western Australia they have turned their attention to the wonderful Kimberley region, where no animals have become extinct since european settlement—an incredible achievement.

secret sightings

If you see a row of mud ‘bottles’ along a wall, chances are they are the nests of Fairy martins. Lisa and Peter Nunn have been watching their local ‘fairies’ jump into action when rain arrives, and are keen to make sure the birds feel at home in their area.

secret rescue

What! No … I don’t believe you. But it’s true. Manfred Zabinskas from Five Freedoms Animal rescue had an amazing encounter with something on high. you’ll have to read his article to find out what, and you may very well be as amazed as we were.

secret shutterbugs

We don’t know how they do it, but Bernice and Mark O’Mahoney have been out and about capturing even more amazing wildlife with their camera. recently they tracked down an elusive Sacred Kingfisher, a shy Northern Brown Bandicoot, and a swift Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. The results are simply inspiring.

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Trail cameras for wildlife monitoring

by on Feb.04, 2014, under Birds, Fauna, Information, Mammals, New South Wales, Tools and Technology

© Alex Payne

© Alex Payne

Using a motion sensor camera is a great way to get an intimate look at wildlife in your local area. With a trail camera you can observe animals in their natural environment, including shy or nocturnal species that you might rarely catch sight of with your own eyes.

Most trail cameras have an infrared flash to take images at night without disturbing animals and can be set to take single or multiple images or record video whenever the motion sensor is triggered. I have been using a mid-range camera for the last year and have found the following points will help improve the quality and quantity of the images you take.

Choosing a location

This is the most important decision you will make when setting up your camera. Water sources are always a good place to start and it is easy to have a quick look along the muddy edges for tracks that will give you a clue as to what species are in the area and how often the water source is used. Try to avoid areas where livestock congregate as a mob of cattle milling about can fill up your memory card pretty quickly!

© Alex Payne

© Alex Payne

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Saving claws with traffic laws

by on Feb.03, 2014, under Information, Mammals, Media, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Wildlife accident awareness campaign for drivers in Australia.

Click here for full infographic.

Common Road Kill

Wildlife statistics

 

Most common locations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips on reducing animal collisions.

Tips on reducing collisions

Tips on reducing collisions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This infographic was developed by Budget Direct.

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The Cane Toad Muster new song by Dane Lyons

by on Jun.05, 2013, under Fauna, Information, Reptiles, Western Australia

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Media Release

The Cane Toad Muster Song

Kimberley Toad Busters

(see article –  Cane Toads and Kimberley Toadbusters from Vol1 No6)

It was a great moment when Dana Lyons, famous American environmental singer, known for his internationally famous song “Cows with Guns” contacted Kimberley Toad Busters and offered to help in their campaign.

Dane Lyons heard of the incredible community efforts while I was still in the states and decided that what the Kimberley community was doing in their efforts to  mitigate the cane toad impact on native biodiversity was truly amazing”  He went on to add “I was very interested in understanding how and what the Kimberley Toad Busters were actually achieving as it sounded like what they were doing was more of a military exercise to the cane toad issue than the sort of environmental approach one usually see’s when dealing with environmental threats”.

Dana spent three weeks touring the Kimberley, visiting remote communities and towns, and discussing various environmental and social issues that seemed to be of great concern to the community in general and how some of these issues were affecting the Kimberley environment. Dana commented that “everywhere I went, no matter who I talked to, the energy and commitment to the need to do more to look after the Kimberley environment was the same. Burning and cane toads were some of the issues that most people seemed concerned about. What was very clear also, was peoples angry reaction to how government could have allowed the cane toad to get this far, and why they were not doing more to assist community to deal with the problem”.                

Dana had no problems finding lyrics for his new song ‘Cane Toad Muster’ He went on to say that “one of the inspirations behind the lyrics was a comment by Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley President John Moulden, that the Kimberley was at war with the cane toads, and that if every man, woman and child was out there killing toads, then the toads would be wiped out”.

Dana’s final statement was “I had a lot of fun composing this song and I hope that I have captured the essence of the soul of Kimberley people and the results of the efforts the Kimberley Toad Busters have been trying to achieve, and that it helps them in their amazing efforts to fight the cane toad invasion across the Kimberley ”.

Contact Lee Scott-Virtue KTB President & Founder 08 91682576 or Dana Lyons 0497569469

 

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Wildlife Secrets Magazine : Vol 2 No 6

by on May.21, 2013, under Fauna, Invertebrates, Magazine, Mammals, New South Wales, Queensland, Reptiles, Subscriptions, Tasmania, Victoria

Volume 2 No 6

Volume 2 No 6

 

Welcome to the May/June edition of Australian Wildlife Secrets. This issue is our twelfth to date and it marks the end of our second year! And we are excited that this is also our first direct-to-digital edition — our early birthday present to you.

The digital edition is available for computers, tablet devices such as the iPad, and smart phones, so you can read our fabulous wildlife articles anywhere, anytime! The digital version is fantastic value and can be downloaded either from the Apple iTunes store, if you are an iPhone/iPad user, or from ilovemagazines.com.au if you would like to enjoy the magazine across all devices, including PC and iPad.

Check out our website for details.

Our print edition is still, of course, conveniently delivered direct to your door if you are a subscriber and available at all good newsagents. And speaking of subscriptions, we have a brand new competition only for our print/digital subscribers. For your chance to join a fantastic seven-day expedition in Northern Queensland, working alongside the scientists from EarthWatch, all you need to be is a subscriber (new or existing) by 30 June 2013. See page 22 for details on how to enter.

In this issue we look at some of the amazing animals that survive in the harsh, white world of Antarctica. John Cooper takes us inside his incredibly built tower to peek at a family of kestrels. And we bet you haven’t had a chimpanzee climb unexpectedly into your arms — well Fiona Mikowski did and tells about all about her amazing experiences at Ape Action Africa. There’s also some fun Secret Sightings, like romantic Green Tree frogs, plus the O’Mahoneys snap some busy creatures in their Secret Shutterbugs feature. (continue reading…)

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