KOALA CRUNCH TIME

Echonetdaily BYRON BAY. August 21st, 2012 Crunch time for koalas Sue Arnold, Australians for Animals Inc The ABC 4 Corners documentary was, as usual, lightweight and poorly researched. In fact the situation facing koala survival is much worse than reported. It’s astonishing that the Four Corners team should rely on so-called experts who have been and are responsible for supporting development in critical koala habitats. What’s even more astonishing is the failure of the doco to inform the viewers that … More…

KOALA DOCUMENTARY MISSED OUT ON SO MUCH

Hi, It was really very frustrating to watch the Four Corners documentary last night. Frustrating because only the so-called experts were interviewed and their expertise deserved much closer questioning. For starters, there was no explanation at all about the role that koalas play in the forest ecosystem or the importance of koalas being left in the area where they were born. If this knowledge had been aired, then the next question would be – What government in its right mind … More…

Koala Report

Following on the excellent documentary on Four Corners, many Australians and people from overseas will be asking what they can do to ensure the long term survival of Koalas. In 1994, Australians for Animals  (AFA) presented an historic scientific submission to the US government supporting the listing of the Koala as a Threatened Species under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA). At that time, a listing under the ESA was considered the most effective way of protecting an iconic species. … More…

BIRDS – SO MUCH FUN

Our backyard verandah is now the local cafe and breakfast bar to six Butcher Birds and now one Spangled Drongo ! Wow, what an amazing bird.  It’s completely beautiful, being a combination of shiny dark blue and black feathers with red eyes.  Drongo flies like an angel and is so clever.   Sitting on a flax leaf a few days ago, this Drongo decided after watching us feed the butcher birds that maybe, just maybe she could get fed too. So … More…

KOALA DOCUMENTARY- FOUR CORNERS ABC TV

  Hi Everyone !@ In 1994, Australians for Animals Inc. submitted an extensive scientific petition to the US government to have the Koala listed under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA).   At that time, this was the most effective way of protecting an iconic species such as the Koala. Our team of scientists, lawyers and researchers succeeded in getting the Koala listed as Threatened under the ESA.  AFA was the first Australian group to undertake a listing which depends … More…

BOWHEAD WHALE SONG

Listen and enjoy http://www.washington.edu/news/files/2012/07/feb09songs_47USE.mp3 Kate Stafford, Sue Moore and colleagues recently discovered that the Arctic Bowhead whales between Greenland and Norway have a complex repertoire of songs they sing throughout the winter. Their underwater world remains such a mystery to humanity and yet we continue to destroy the whales’ environment.   Underwater noise causes so much misery to these beautiful creatures.   … More…

TURTLE DEATHS MAJOR WORRY IN QUEENSLAND

A mass stranding event at Upstart Bay  resulting in about 80 adult greens coming ashore dead and dying.  All the turtles were healthy prior to beaching with good fat levels so clearly not starving.  Pathology and histology shows nothing. Combined with ongoing turtle deaths in and around Gladstone, the trend is a major concern.   Dead turtles around the Gladstone area were in a similar healthy condition with no evidence of starvation.   AFA is also hearing rumours of humpbacks stranding showing … More…

BUTCHER BIRDS – GLORIOUS SONGSTERS

Every morning our family is greeted by butcher birds waiting for breakfast. We live in an area which is a year round home range for the birds and we only feed small amounts so that they are not dependent.    But such joy !   Each bird has a personality of its own.   ” Flut” as I’ve christened her ( and who knows if its a her or him) makes herself known by flutting all over the verandah encouraging me to throw … More…

US GROUPS LEGAL CHALLENGE OVER GREAT BARRIER REEF

For Immediate Release, August 2, 2012 Contact: Sarah Uhlemann, Center for Biological Diversity, (206) 327-2344 Doug Norlen, Pacific Environment, (202) 465-1650 Teri Shore, Turtle Island Restoration Network, (707) 934-7081 Lawsuit Launched Against Multi-billion-dollar U.S. Subsidy of Fossil Fuel Projects in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Facilities Would Threaten Sea Turtles, Other Endangered Species SAN FRANCISCO— Three conservation groups initiated a legal challenge today to the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s nearly $3 billion in financing for two massive fossil-fuel facilities in Australia’s Great … More…

CAPE YORK WILD RIVERS PROTECTION TO BE DITCHED

POOR FELLA, MY COUNTRY. Campbell Newman’s LNP government intends to scrap the wild river preservation law in Cape York, instead giving priority to mining and development. This decision is an absolute tragedy for the Cape York environment, for the indigenous people who supported protection of country and for the environmental groups who fought so hard for protection of the wild rivers. Politicians and some indigenous leaders are moving right away from any concept of ” protecting country” to ensuring that … More…