Join us as we travel the vast Australian continent: from the flanks of the Mighty Murrumbidgee River in NSW where over 40,000 trees have been planted, to the “Galapagos of the Kimberley” where some slimy snails and their genetic evolution have scientists extremely excited. Meet people on the ground who are experts in ecology, culture, conservation and Country.
It’s a two-day drive from Darwin to Robinson River, on Garawa Country in the NT, just south of the Gulf of Carpentaria. While the road there can be long, the destination is worth it. The annual Waanyi Garawa Biodiversity and Culture Camp brings together Elders, rangers and kids together to keep their culture and language strong.
In 2021, Wiradjuri Elder Uncle James Ingram and Bush Heritage’s Aboriginal Partnerships Manager and Yuin Walbunja woman, Vikki Parsley, walked across Tarcutta Hills Reserve in southern NSW in search of cultural artefacts. Immediately, they called for a cultural burn. The land was in need of controlled fire, and it presented an opportunity to get Wiradjuri people back out on Country.
It might seem strange for an ecologist to spend time on pastoral lands, but that’s exactly what Imogen Semmler does. She ‘meanders’ across paddocks to measure the health of their ecosystems and quantify their biodiverse value.
What does it take to restore a native woodland? A bucket, hammer, trowel, seedlings and a whole heap of people power. These ingredients are abundant at Scottsdale Reserve on Ngarigo and Ngunnawal Country in NSW where for over seven years, volunteers have been showing up week after week to help plant over 40,000 trees.
Amongst inland wulo (rainforest) and on islands in the North Kimberley, Wunambal Gaambera Country, lives an unassuming group of animals. The species slime their way along the forest floor eating decaying leaf litter and are part of why this extraordinary region is listed as an area of national heritage significance – they are an incredibly diverse group of... snails!
Can you imagine nature without sound? No bellbirds, or lyrebirds. No bleating frogs or whispering leaves. No nature’s call to tell the story of the wonder of the forest. For some scientists seeing is believing, but for Bush Heritage ecologist Daniella Teixiera it’s hearing that is believing.
If every scent tells a story, the Australian Sandalwood Tree must be a library; rich with ecological, cultural and economic history books. But today, unsustainable harvesting, climate change and feral predators are pushing the tree perilously close to extinction.
When you think of the seasons, does Spring begin September and Summer December? Or is it the Wet season starting in November and the Dry in May? Unlike Gregorian or Western Calendars, Aboriginal calendars aren't based on structural time, but ecological time.
When there’s one single population of a species left in the world, do you let it go extinct, or do everything you can to save it? In central Queensland, a collective effort is bringing one teeny, tiny fish back from the brink of extinction.
There's life at Naree Station Reserve on Budjiti country in NSW - though it might not look like it on most days. But when the water arrives, either by rain or river, the landscape comes alive.