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Birds of the week – two freed Wedge-tailed Eagles

Birds of the week – two freed Wedge-tailed Eagles

I first saw the Wedge-tails free-flying at the Alice Springs Desert Park years ago and have been aware of the often violent interactions between the two captive birds and a pair of wild local Wedge-tails. Now the captive birds have been released.

The Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) – a lesson in indigenous bird hunting and conservation

The Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) – a lesson in indigenous bird hunting and conservation

For too long, western scientists have either willfully ignored indigenous knowledge of Australia's birds or damned it as ‘unscientific'. How we access and record what people know of and how they use birds, and the value of indigenous bird knowledge are important tools for species and landscape management.

White trash – and proud of it!

There has been a lot of talk about white trash in the press over the past few days and most of it bad - but I'm proud to be called white trash - but white trash made good - maybe.

People doing really stupid things with animals…

People doing really stupid things with animals…

I don't have a problem with people who want to do stupid things - jump out of perfectly good planes with a bit of silk on their back, off a bridge with a bit of rope around your ankles, play cricket... But I don't like seeing animals in cages...I just can't see the point and my goat really gets got...

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A Plague of Beautiful Dogs

A Plague of Beautiful Dogs

The traditional relationship between Aboriginal people and dingoes as companions and hunting aides has changed and many communities are have real problems with non-dingo dog health and numbers...but there are some that are really taking steps to do something about these problems...

Bird of the Week – the Magpie Lark Grallina cyanoleuca and love for the common birds

Bird of the Week – the Magpie Lark Grallina cyanoleuca and love for the common birds

Kala tiya-tiya ngulaji kalu-jana ngarrirni yapa yangka Jardiwanpaku wiri kujakarla nyinami yapa, ngularlangu tiya-tiyaji yapa wiri. Kula jurlpu-mipa yirdiji tiya-tiyaji, kala yangka yapa wiri jujuku-ngarduyu. And tiya-tiya is what those senior important people for ceremonies like the Jardiwanpa are called - important people are the tiya-tiya. That name tiya-tiya is not just for birds, but for senior people for ceremonies.

Ecuador’s new constitution – nature has rights!!

Ecuador’s new constitution – nature has rights!!

Now that rights to exist and persist have been recognised for nature and living things in the new Ecuadorean constitution, could Australia adopt a similar provision and would we want to?

Safe Houses in the NT – a $21 million “massive stuff-up”

Safe Houses in the NT – a $21 million “massive stuff-up”

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has labelled the NT intervention safe house initiative a “massive stuff-up.” 15 months after Former Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough’s promise to provide safe houses at part of the NT intervention, not one of the 16 shipping-container based safe houses has opened its door for clients and no staff have been […]

Garrett’s resale royalty proposal – views from the Aboriginal arts industry

When Big Pete Garrett got to his feet in Parliament last month and announced that he would implement Labor’s long-held commitment to a resale royalty scheme for all Australian visual artists, he told the House that: “This is a landmark and genuinely historic moment for the more than 20,000 Australian visual artists. The decision to […]

Bird of the Week – Collared Sparrowhawk Accipiter cirrhocephalus

Bird of the Week – Collared Sparrowhawk Accipiter cirrhocephalus

This glum-looking Collared Sparrowhawk, Accipiter cirrhocephalus, has been hanging around my back yard over the past few weeks – most likely lured in by the Zebra Finches, small Honeyeaters and other birds that crowd in for the water in the backyard. Here he, and I’m pretty sure it is a he – like many raptors […]