Tag Archives: biodiversity

Are you a threat to the Siberian tiger?

You are probably unintentionally contributing to the future demise of the Siberian tiger. Tiger habitat, predominantly Mongolian oak, is being destroyed by illegal logging. As consumers of oak furniture, which has potentially been illegally sourced from tiger habitat, we are … Continue reading

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Biodiversity hotspots in South Australia

Six major biodiversity hotspots have been identified across South Australia, including Western Kangaroo Island, Southern Mount Lofty Ranges, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands, Southern Flinders Ranges, Southern Eyre Peninsula and the Lower South East. However  each of these areas is also … Continue reading

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Good news for one whale (and her friend)

There aren’t too many good stories around these days, so it’s nice to find one when it happens. Crew members of a whale-watching vessel spotted a regular visitor to the local waters around Long Island in trouble: the humpback, nicknamed … Continue reading

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Animated evolution – Stated Clearly by Jon Perry

Sunday was the anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species (first published on 24th November 1859 – you can find his collected works here), so it’s a perfect time to talk about evolution. Evolution can be a difficult … Continue reading

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Hello nightmares – why scorpions glow in the dark

I’m pretty sure that almost no-one loves scorpions – they’re not far behind spiders in the ‘primal nightmare’ stakes, given the whole scuttling thing and the poisonous sting. But they are fascinating for at least one reason: they glow under … Continue reading

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More strange octopods

I’ve been off for a week with bronchitis, curled up at home coughing violently and generally feeling sorry for myself, so apologies for the posting hiatus. Normal service will now be resumed, and with one of my favourite topics – … Continue reading

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A big green blotch in Rymill Park pond

All images courtesy of Robert Baldock, Honorary Research Associate at the State Herbarium of South Australia. There’s been some concern this week about the large, bright green bloom in the pond in Rymill Park – some fear it might be … Continue reading

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Anzang nature photography exhibition at SA Museum

The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2013 exhibition is happening at the South Australian Museum, and there are some truly stunning images on display. The exhibition will continue until Monday 25th November, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily, … Continue reading

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Bower birds go a-courting

Spring is the time for the birds to start their courting rituals, and that includes one of the most interesting, the bowerbird. Male bowerbirds court potential mates by building a complex bower of twigs, sometimes up to a metre high, … Continue reading

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Lair of the white worm

If you don’t like the idea of 10-foot long aquatic killer worms, then read no further. The worms in question are called Bobbit worms, iridescent, and quite pretty. So far, all fine and dandy. But these aquatic worms, while on … Continue reading

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