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Child’s play for brainy birds

Child’s play for brainy birds
Gisela Kaplan | University Of New England

Have you ever seen magpies play-fighting with one another, or rolling around in high spirits? Or an apostlebird running at full speed with a stick in its beak, chased by a troop of other apostlebirds? Well, such play behaviour may be associated with a larger brain and a longer life

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Bees please

Bees please
Sara Nimmo

There’s a definite buzz around the most recent newcomers to south-west Lovett Bay. If you are walking Sturdee Lane you may spot them winging their way home after a hard day’s work - thousands of them!

Of course we’re talking bees.

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A timely reminder of the dangers of leaf litter during fire season

A timely reminder of the dangers of leaf litter during fire season
University Of Melbourne - The Conversation

To lessen the impact of fires, we need to know when they are likely to burn and how intensely. Central to this is the flammability of litter beds — the layer of dead leaves, needles, twigs and bark on the forest floor.

Every large fire begins as a small fire, igniting and initially spreading through the litter bed, but what makes some litter beds more flammable than others?

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what’s the best way to conduct Australia’s Great Koala Count?

what’s the best way to conduct Australia’s Great Koala Count?
Deakin University/University of Sunshine Coast

Koalas are notoriously difficult to detect, and counts so far have been fairly unreliable. That can make it hard to get an accurate picture of how koalas are faring, and to know where intensive conservation effort is needed – especially after devastating events such as last summer’s bushfires.

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Wildlife protection lessons to be learned

Wildlife protection lessons to be learned
University of Melbourne

The Black Summer bushfires were devastating for wildlife, with an estimated three billion wild animals killed, injured or displaced. This staggering figure does not include the tens of thousands of farm animals who also perished.

The bushfire royal commission’s final report, released on October 30, recognised the gravity of the fires’ extraordinary toll on animals.

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Spiders – friend or foe?

Spiders – friend or foe?
L.Lowe -Macquarie University, S.Nixon University of Qld

Many insects and spiders have been growing over the winter months to emerge once the weather gets warmer. This means you’re probably going to start noticing more spiders around your house and garden. So which ones should you worry about?

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