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Big Sky Country Season 2

Published 10 Mar 2023

The new season of our popular podcast, ‘Big Sky Country’ is out now! In season 2, we’ve travelled further and wider, meeting with experts in conservation and Traditional Owners on Country. We’ve even travelled to agricultural lands where biodiversity is hiding in plain sight.

Be transported by eclectic soundscapes and stories from the world of conservation. From scientists using audio technology to track endangered bird species in far north Queensland, to Traditional Owners reintroducing cultural burns on Wiradjuri Country in New South Wales, this podcast provides a behind-the scenes look at conservation in action.

“I’ve always loved our natural places”, says host Eliza Herbert, “and have been concerned about the fate of our environment for decades, but it wasn’t until I got up close and personal with some of our most far-flung landscapes and the people who live and work within them, that I could see that possibility exists.

The biodiversity of this continent is extraordinary and so are the people who are working to protect it.”

Given the ongoing environmental challenges such as extreme weather events, feral species, and habitat destruction, Big Sky Country offers a valuable opportunity to learn about the country’s fragile ecosystems and the importance of conservation efforts in returning them from the brink.

“The science is clear – we are in a critical decade where we need to move quickly and decisively to halt species extinctions and protect our unique landscapes and waterways,” says Bush Heritage’s Executive Manager of Science and Conservation Dr Rebecca Spindler.

“This podcast gives context to the environmental goals outlined in the Montreal targets and takes listeners into the bush to hear about the solutions.”

Head to Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts to listen.  

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Ecologist Daniella Teixeira with acoustic recorder. Ecologist Daniella Teixeira with acoustic recorder.
Kids playing at sunset at the Waanyi Garawa Culture Camp 2022. Kids playing at sunset at the Waanyi Garawa Culture Camp 2022.
Gus Hickman (farmer), Imogen Semmler (Bush Heritage agro-ecologist), Anna Hickman (farmer). Gus Hickman (farmer), Imogen Semmler (Bush Heritage agro-ecologist), Anna Hickman (farmer).
A land snail on Wunambal Gaambera Country. Photo Vince Kessner. A land snail on Wunambal Gaambera Country. Photo Vince Kessner.

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