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Big Sky Country

This podcast takes the time to listen to the land and explain the science needed to protect it.

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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.

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Richard McLellan monitoring Sandalwood trees. Photo Shayne Thomson.
 

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.

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Gorpulyul Lake on Dalabon Country. Photo David Hancock.

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.

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Pippa Kern in Artesian springs at Edgbaston Reserve. Photo Anders Zimny.

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.

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Nesting waterbirds at Naree. Photo Roxane Francis.
 

Climb up the tree. Open the nest box. And look inside the lives of Red-tailed Phascogales. Known as Kenngor to Noongar people, these small arboreal marsupials are just as loveable as koalas and kangaroos, but with a few big differences.

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Ecologist Angela Sanders with a Red-tailed Phascogale. Photo Annette Ruzicka.
 

The climate has always changed. But in recent years, these changes have been drastically faster and more noticeable. So much so that, in some cases, they're causing trees to die.

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Bush Heritage volunteer Dr Garry McDonald. Photo Kate Thorburn.
 

Big Sky Country takes you deep into the bush to hear the sounds of hope. Travel this vast country: from the eucalypt woodlands of Dja Dja Wurrung country in central Victoria, to the woodland forests and grassy plains of central Arnhem Land. Meet people on ground who are experts in ecology, culture, conservation and country.

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