Australian High Country Raptors covers raptor species that regularly breed in the high country above 600 metres, from Goulburn in New South Wales down to the hills outside Melbourne, Victoria. Author Jerry Olsen explores the nature of these striking animals that are classified as Accipitriformes (diurnal hawks, falcons, kites and eagles), Falconiformes and Strigiformes (nocturnal owls). Comparisons between these high country raptors and lower-elevation breeders are also provided, in addition to comparisons with raptors found overseas, especially from North America and Europe. The book begins with a description of habitats and vegetation types in the high country, and which raptors are likely to be seen in each habitat type. It continues with sections on finding and watching raptors, raptor identification, hunting styles, food, breeding and behaviour, and conservation. Appendices provide species accounts for diurnal breeding species in the high country, with basic information about their ecology, distribution and conservation, as well as detailed instructions about handling an injured or orphaned raptor. Illustrated throughout with photographs and drawings, Australian High Country Raptors offers readers a chance to look into the lives of Australia’s fascinating birds of prey.
A poetic, personal, candid and richly descriptive account of over 40 journeys, on foot, in a kayak and by campervan to different parts of the South Coast of New South Wales over the last twenty years. It includes observations of animals, plants, people, history, ship wrecks, ecology, lakes and islands, and encounters with cuckoos, terns, owls, snakes, sugar gliders, manta rays, dolphins, whales, emus, dingos, cicadas, ant lions, ticks, lace monitors, strangler figs and prickly pear as well as greenies, botanists, bushwalkers, young lovers, locals, park rangers and canoeists. Anecdotes, poems and photos bring every beach, rock pool, headland, river and lagoon to life.
Blackfella's Point lies on the Towamba River in south-eastern New South Wales. This work is a history for every Australian who is interested in the story of settler-Australia's relations with indigenous people, what happened between them, and how they came to confront the truth about their past.
We are facing hugely complex challenges – from climate change to world poverty, our problems are part of an inter-related web of social and natural systems. Human ecology promises an approach to these complex challenges, a way to understand these problems holistically and to start to manage them more effectively. This book offers a coherent conceptual framework for Human Ecology – a clear approach for understanding the many systems we are part of and for how we frame and understand the problems we face. Blending natural, social and cognitive sciences with dynamical systems theory, the authors offer systems approaches that are accessible to all, from the undergraduate student to policy-makers and practitioners across government, business and community. Road-tested and refined over a decade of teaching and workshops, the authors have built a clear, inspiring and important framework for anyone approaching the management of complex problems and the transition to sustainability.
Back and forwards, the fly skimmed across the top of the water, before freely drifting. “It is a common belief William, that everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Even the simple things in life bring pleasure to people like ourselves.” United by grief, a lifelong drover and small child, debilitated by a chronic illness, form the most remarkable bond, whilst sharing the common interest of fly fishing. During a journey of mateship and self-acceptance, they both soon come to the realisation of people closest to them are facing demons of their own. With an inquisitive nature and shared plethora of knowledge, the many hidden secrets that are buried deep within the High Country town of Eagle Brook begin to surface, causing unrest for the townsfolk below. Not only challenged by their own emotions of sadness, grief, excitement, self -belief and determination, the ever fluctuating High Country environment presents further extreme difficulties for the pair as they embark on an adventure against all odds.
Describes and illustrates the area's 212 flowering plants and ferns. Finalist Scholarly Reference section - The Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing 2001 Around Australia's highest mountain lies a rare ecosystem, an alpine area of outstanding beauty and diversity, strikingly different from other Kosciuszko Alpine Flora describes and illustrates the area's 212 flowering plants and ferns, of which 21 are endemic. It discusses the geological and human history of the area, the life-forms and habitats of the plants, and explores the various plant communities and their environmental relationships. The book contains identification keys, detailed descriptions, and distribution and habitat notes for each species. Superb colour photographs show details of flowers, fruit, foliage, and ecology.
Around Australia’s highest mountain lies a rare ecosystem, an alpine area of outstanding beauty and diversity, strikingly different from other alpine ecosystems of the world but with common features. Kosciuszko Alpine Flora describes and illustrates the area’s 212 flowering plants and ferns, of which 21 are endemic. It discusses the geological and human history of the area, the life-forms and habitats of the plants, and explores the various plant communities and their environmental relationships. Ideal for the tourist or general interest reader, this field edition excludes the detailed taxonomic section.
Everywhen asks how knowledge systems of Aboriginal people can broaden our understanding of the past and of history. Indigenous ways of knowing, narrating, and re-enacting the past in the present blur the distinctions of time, making all history now, with questions of time and language at the heart of Indigenous sovereignty. Edited by Ann McGrath, Laura Rademaker, and Jakelin Troy, this collection draws attention to every when showing us that history is not as straightforward as some might think. ‘“Everywhen” is a term less known to most Australians than its close relation, “The Dreaming”, but it evokes something of the richness of Indigenous understandings of time, place and spirit. This impressive collection of essays — the work of Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors writing from a range of fields and perspectives — invites us to rethink how we imagine not only Australian history but the nature, meaning and purpose of history itself.’ — Frank Bongiorno ‘A timely book that challenges ways of thinking about the past and of historical practice. It speaks to the individual via first-person narratives and the collective — discussing groups and populations, and weaves the two together in a meaningful, informative manner. Everywhen offers a fresh reflection on languages, histories and practices that readers will find interesting and informative.’ — Bronwyn Fredericks ‘A powerful book about the inter-connectedness of story, language, time, Country, and heart.’ — Terri Janke ‘At the cutting edge of contemporary scholarship, Everywhen highlights the limitations of conventional history and significantly expands our understanding of Indigenous concepts of time. This is a path-breaking collection of essays that is essential reading for Australian and international scholars.’ — Mark McKenna
In Whitefella Jump Up, Germaine Greer suggests that embracing Aboriginality is the only way Australia can fully imagine itself as a nation. In a wide-ranging essay she looks at the interdependence of black and white and suggests not how the Aborigine question may be settled but how a sense of being Aboriginal might save the soul of Australia. In a sweeping and magisterial essay, touching on everything from Henry Lawson to multiculturalism, Germaine Greer argues that Australia must enter the Aboriginal web of dreams. ‘I'm not here offering yet a solution to the Aborigine problem ... Blackfellas are not and never were the problem. They were the solution, if only whitefellas had been able to see it.’ —Germaine Greer, Whitefella Jump Up ‘An essay about sitting down and thinking where all the politics start and what kind of legend Australia wants to place at its heart.’ —Peter Craven ‘Highly charged and instantly controversial.’ —Morag Fraser, Australian Book Review ‘Australia might well benefit from a new national narrative that recognizes its post-colonial status and fragile ecology, and pays more attention to its Aboriginal heritage.’ —Robbie Hudson, the Sunday Times ‘Brilliant and original ... A powerful polemic, skillfully organised, thoughtful and beautifully written.’ —Philip Knightley, the Independent Review Germaine Greer is a renowned writer, academic and journalist. Her books include The Female Eunuch, The Obstacle Race, The Change, The Whole Woman, The Beautiful Boy, White Beech and Quarterly Essay 11: Whitefella Jump Up – The Shortest Way to Nationhood. Widely regarded as one of the most significant voices of feminism in the twentieth century, she currently divides her time between England and her rainforest property on the Queensland–NSW border.