Imagine constantly living with mice. When you go to sleep they run across your bed, the stench of dead mice fills the street. As an expert on mouse outbreaks, let’s look at the issue in more detail.
When scientists first thought to deceive predators with bird smells, the idea seemed crazy. But after seeing how fake news messes with the minds of both humans and animals, it now makes sense.
Parakeets – in the UK.
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Let's embrace the possibilities of hybrid ecosystems.
A tiny wasp explores the surface of a fig different than the one it evolved to pollinate.
As invasive species transform the world, frontline agencies take solace that species needing unique partners can’t invade alone. A new study on figs shows they may find new partners to invade anyway.
The invasive species was likely brought to Australia unintentionally by ship. Now found in every state and territory, the wasps are decimating our ecosystems.
Native bumble bees perform ‘buzz pollination,’ shaking flowers to release protein-rich pollen.
'Bee-washing,' marketing claims that purport to help bees, can diminish the important distinction between a honey bee and native bee.
Australians are keen to help nature recover after a season of devastating bushfires.
By all means, rescue an injured koala. But by pulling out weeds after the fires, you could also help rescue a whole ecosystem.
The Asian honey bee (Apis cerana) has been found in Cairns. It’s just one of the introduced bees buzzing under the radar.
Bees innocuously buzzing ‘round the birdbath may be a barometer for burgeoning bee invasions.
The fate of deer carcasses is a crucial consideration in monitoring the success of future culling.
The NSW government has announced plans to remove feral deer from its list of official game animals. With careful monitoring, the resulting free-for-all could help curb their booming numbers.
Parakeets from South Asia have established themselves in London.
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Alien species are more likely to survive in a new habitat when environmental conditions are similar to their native home.
A bee visits an almond flower – an essential process for almond farmers.
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Many fruits, nuts and other crops rely on bees to pollinate their flowers at just the right time of year. Many farmers rent bees to get the job done at pollination time.
Life’s not such a beach for Galapagos native species these days.
More than 1,500 introduced species have been recorded on the Galapagos Islands, and most have arrived since the archipelago’s tourism industry was expanded in the 1970s.
On the prowl in the outback.
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For the first time, researchers have estimated the toll taken by feral and pet cats on Australia’s bird life - and the numbers are high enough to push several species towards extinction.
The birds commonly seen in urban backyards of Australia are increasingly introduced species like this house sparrow, sharing a birdbath with a native red-browed finch.
We all know how vital it is for our native bird species to thrive. But what if the only birds that visit your garden are introduced “pest” species? Many people feel these birds deserve some love too.
Kangaroos are much lighter on the land than sheep and cows.
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Eating cows and sheep is unsustainable. Here are some better alternatives.
Rats are true natives of our cities.
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Rats have lived with us for thousands of years.
The American Cockroach, one of the most common species found in your home.
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There are over 5,000 species of cockroach, but fortunately only a few have chosen to live with us.
Small birds such as this superb fairy-wren can benefit from a bird-friendly garden.
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Some Australian birds are pushing out other species, and even damaging trees. The good news is we can help stop the spread of these birds, by putting native plants in our gardens.
True Australians: hard workers, quiet achievers and generally underappreciated labourers.
Insects are largely hidden from view or maligned unfairly, but they make a tremendous contribution to the Australian economy.
A glimpse of wild brumbies in the Snowy Mountains.
When you think of horses in the Australia high country, you might imagine noble brumbies galloping out from snowgums across grassy peaks, tails and manes trailing like streamers. But on a recent trip to…