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The cool shade of trees

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If the Kardashians were endangered plants (Part 2)

05-Jun-2017

In this, the second post on my thought-experiment on which species the Kardashians would be if they were endangered plants, I turn my attention to the Kardashian brother, the Jenner sisters and Caitlyn Jenner. And in this episode, they’re all Australian endangered species. More>>

The cool shade of trees

08-May-2017

The walking is slow. Every fallen twig and feather provides a distraction from sustained momentum forward. Three-year old legs move at their own pace, unhurried by cares about the UV index or getting home to get the dinner on. It is late afternoon, but the air is hot, heavy and still. The sun’s stare remains fierce and there’s been no sea breeze to take the edge off. We are headed for the deep spaces under a row of eucalypts. I take my son’s hand and, with purpose now, we step into their cool shade.    More>>

The age of last chances

22-Mar-2017

I was at a gathering of school mums the other night and, in somewhat of a surprise to me, the topic of coral bleaching came up.    More>>

Filled with hope and possibilities: the art of Vanessa Liebenberg

02-Feb-2017

It all begins with burning the wood.

Vanessa Liebenberg loves this phase of developing a new work. “I love wood, the feel of it, the ‘organic-ness’ of it, and when I’m burning into it it’s just got a beautiful look. I find the whole process really meditative. I can do that for hours.”  More>>

A tribe for the uncharismatic

14-Dec-2016

On 30 May 2014, a small brown lizard died alone in her cage on a remote island.  The island was often in the news around this time but the media’s attention lay elsewhere, focussed on the detention of people rather than on this seemingly unremarkable lizard.  Yet Gump, as this lizard was known, was in all likelihood the last Christmas Island forest skink. Her death heralded the extinction of her species. Five years earlier, the last Christmas Island pipistrelle, a tiny brown bat with a squashed-up face and black mustard seeds for eyes, also died a mostly unmourned death.    More>>

Possum magic? Children's books and our affinity with Australian species

12-Nov-2016

Australian children’s book have a deep tradition of embracing local plants and animals. Could this make Australian kids more likely to care about the conservation of our native flora and fauna?    More>>


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Viki Cramer   PhD BSc
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