Vol 3 No 2 OUT NOW!
In this issue we tackle important challenges for those who work or volunteer in wildlife protection. Our articles range from the rescuing of large numbers of injured birds during duck hunting season to the commercial kangaroo industry, where the divergent perceptions of this animal, from being too many and a nuisance to being celebrated as a national icon and major tourist drawcard, play a significant role.
Jess Ison relates the sad story of the annual duck-shooting season. Hundreds of injured birds result from this sport and large numbers of protected species are killed. While the news is somewhat good, in that numbers of shooters have dwindled over the years, there is still much to do to ensure our ducks do not end up on the ‘endangered’ list.
In “Selling out the kangaroo”, Louise Boronyak highlights some of the welfare issues surrounding the commercialisation of kangaroo shooting and debunks myths about kangaroos that are used to prop up the industry. But more than this, Louise provides a positive message about how we can move away from the status quo and provide a conservation-focussed endgame.
It’s hard to imagine why some people treat wildlife with indifference as here, at the magazine, we are constantly amazed by animals. When Kay Parkin travelled to a far-flung Aussie outpost, Christmas Island, to take a look at
an area known as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean she found incredible species, some of which live only on this island. The annual red crab migration, where millions of these creatures make their way to the sea to spawn by literally flowing through the town do so, is breathtaking.
Our beautiful cover this month of a pair of Tawny Frogmouths was taken by John Cooper. Inside, he tells you all about how he managed to document their nightly activities and capture these gorgeous photos.
- Volume 3 No 1
This magazine is the start of our third year of publication and we’d like to say a big thank you to all our readers, as well as to our authors, photographers, editorial staff, sponsors and advertisers. Together you have made this a truly remarkable publication that is still raising eyebrows wherever it is seen.
To start this third year off with a bang, we’d like to announce the winner of the last issue’s exciting EarthWatch Expedition Competition – the prize being a seven-day trip across the north of Queensland with Earthwatch Australia. We had tremendous interest in this competition, and for good reason – this unique and exciting prize is worth two thousand dollars! The lucky subscriber whose number was drawn is Tony Egan from South Australia. Congratulations Tony, we know you will have an amazing time up there. And we hope you will bring back some stories and photos we can share with our readers.
Speaking of competitions, we have the results of our readers’ images competition in this issue, where you, the reader, gave us your best wildlife photos. We have published all of the winning shots, along with many of the rest. There was a large number of entries, and we couldn’t fit them all in this issue, so we’ll be sure to print more of the best in our next magazine!
As always, in this issue we have some great wildlife for you, including the Major Mitchell cockatoo, tree-kangaroos, the somewhat scary cookie-cutter shark and an excursion through the amazing wildlife of Rainbow Valley.
And next issue get ready for the Flight of Your Life competition … but shhh, it’s still secret!
Kangaroos can’t climb trees! Or can they?
In north Queensland they do things differently. Well, the kangaroos do—they really live and clamber around in trees. Karen Coombes has been studying and rescuing tree-kangaroos for more than a decade and she lets us in on a few of their secret ways.
The elusive cookiecutter shark
These creatures are rarely seen but, if they bite, you’ll know it. Sylvia Adam has delved into the world of these small sharks with mighty mouths that leave a signature mark.
Secret places: Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
In the heart of our continent lies a reserve like no other. Lisa and Peter Nunn love this area, so who better to show us around.
Become a Koala tracker
If, like us, you are worried about the future of this iconic Australian animal, then here is how you can help. Alex Harris thinks being a Koala tracker is definitely the way to go.
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
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 more of this article …]
Licthfield is roughly 100 km south-west of Darwin. The Park is generally accessible all year (sealed roads) via Batchelor. In the dry season it is also possible to get to the Park via Cox Peninsula Road, that is incidentally a great wildlife sight seeing road. Roughly 1500 km2 of sandstone habitats with several amazing waterfalls that simply are world class.
In a overnight trip to Adelaide River on the Stuart Hwy in Northern territory. We stayed at the Adelaide River Inn, in swags. The buffalo, which was a tame local in Adelaide River, made famous in the Crocodile Dundee movie, was affectionately known as Charlie and he is now deceased (2000) and is now on display at the Adelaide River Inn. The region has a colourful history originally a strong military presence was established here especially during world war 2. There is a old RAAF landing strip at Fenton and an army installation now run down. While its mostly been well covered with removal of old bottles, military items etc. Its still relatively intact with numerous buildings, for those that cannot help themselves large amounts of sheets of iron that have to be investigated! The region is super warm and tin lifting is best in the early morning. [continue reading more of this article …]