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Environmental History and Ecology of Moreton Bay: Portraits of Earth’s Great EcosystemArtist/Author: McPhee, Daryl
An interdisciplinary examination of the geologic, marine and human history of Moreton Bay.
The south-east Queensland region is currently experiencing the most rapid urbanisation in Australia. This growth in human population, industry and infrastructure puts pressure on the unique and diverse natural environment of Moreton Bay. Much loved by locals and holiday-goers, Moreton Bay is also an important biogeographic region because its coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves and saltmarshes provide a suitable environment for both tropical and temperate species. The bay supports a large number of species of global conservation significance, including marine turtles, dugongs, dolphins, whales and migratory shorebirds, which use the area for feeding or breeding.
Environmental History and Ecology of Moreton Bay provides an interdisciplinary examination of Moreton Bay, increasing understanding of existing and emerging pressures on the region and how these may be mitigated and managed. With chapters on the bay’s human uses by Aboriginal peoples and later European settlers, its geology, water quality, marine habitats and animal communities, and commercial and recreational fisheries, Environmental History and Ecology of Moreton Bay will be of value to students in the marine sciences, environmental consultants, policy-makers and recreational fishers.
Guide to the Wildlife of Perth and the South WestArtist/Author: Nevill, Simon, et al
This (reissued) much-respected and encyclopaedic guide, first published in 2014, is indispensable to anyone with an interest in the wide variety of fauna and flora to be found in the south west of Australia. The area bounded by the Margaret River region in the far south west of Western Australia, Lancelin to the north of Perth, Esperance on the mid-south coast and the inland township of Southern Cross is home to a surprisingly diverse range of wildlife, both plants and animals.
The expert authors of this book have included a broad selection of the wildlife most likely to be encountered by those living in and travelling though the region. The selection includes many representatives of the animal kingdom from small insects to the largest marsupials, and also an impressive selection of the most beloved wildflowers. Over 1200 photographs provide easy identification and every species is given a brief description together with essential details.
The book also includes a section on how to unobtrusively observe wildlife plus a comprehensive 30-plus page review of the best places to observe wildlife, including all the significant National and Conservation Parks in the region.
The Natural World of the KimberleyArtist/Author: McGlashan, Hamish, Kevin Coate, Jeffrey Gresham, Roz Hart
The Kimberley region of Western Australia is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. Covering more than 400,000 square kilometres, it is home to some of the country’s most iconic natural landmarks. The Kimberley’s diverse habitats support an astonishing variety of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Although, the rugged and remote nature of the region offers them some protection, they are still at risk from threats such as feral species, fire and climate change.
By focusing on particular aspects of this remarkable region, The Natural World of the Kimberley highlights the Kimberley’s ecological importance. It also explores how various groups – including local Indigenous Australian communities – are working together to protect this pristine landscape.
This book is a valuable resource for nature lovers, adventurers and any one interest in this extraordinary part of Australia.
Call of the Reed WarblerArtist/Author: Massy. CharlesIs it too late to regenerate the earth? Call of the Reed Warbler shows the way forward for the future of our food supply, our Australian landscape and our planet.This ground-breaking book will change the way we think of, farm and grow food. Author and radical farmer Charles Massy explores transformative and regenerative agriculture and the vital connection between our soil and our health. It is a story of how a grassroots revolution – a true underground insurgency – can save the planet, help turn climate change around, and build healthy people and healthy communities, pivoting significantly on our relationship with growing and consuming food.Using his personal experience as a touchstone – from an unknowing, chemical-using farmer with dead soils to a radical ecologist farmer carefully regenerating a 2000-hectare property to a state of natural health – Massy tells the real story behind industrial agriculture and the global profit-obsessed corporations driving it. He shows – through evocative stories – how innovative farmers are finding a new way and interweaves his own local landscape, its seasons and biological richness.At stake is not only a revolution in human health and our communities but the very survival of the planet. For farmer, backyard gardener, food buyer, health worker, policy maker and public leader alike, Call of the Reed Warbler offers a tangible path forward for the future of our food supply, our Australian landscape and our earth. It comprises a powerful and moving paean of hope.
Australian Wildlife After DarkArtist/Author: Robinson, Martyn, Bruce Thomson
Beautifully illustrated account of rarely seen night-time fauna in Australia.
Australia is a land of many unique animals, some of which are active only during the cooler evening and night-time and so are rarely seen. These are the after dark animals so widespread yet so little noticed by humans, whether in our backyards, the arid desert, woodlands or rainforest.
Australian Wildlife After Dark brings this hidden fauna into the light. The after dark fauna includes a surprising diversity of familiar (and some not-so-familiar) species, from cockroaches, moths and spiders through to bandicoots, bats and birds – and then some.
Each example is described in a unique, friendly style by Martyn Robinson, familiar to many Australians through his frequent media appearances on ABC Radio and in Burke’s Backyard magazine, and Bruce Thomson, an internationally renowned wildlife photographer and bat researcher. The book includes stunning photography and boxes that highlight selected topics, such as the ‘windscreen wiper’ eyelids of geckoes and the strategies used by night-time plants to attract pollinators. Also included are practical tips on finding nocturnal wildlife, a glossary of scientific terms and a short bibliography.
The book will appeal to a general family audience, wildlife enthusiasts, bushwalkers, amateur naturalists, national parks lovers, natural history museum visitors, libraries, gift book buyers and international visitors to Australia.
Australian Bryozoa Volume II: Taxonomy of Australian FamiliesArtist/Author: Cook, Patricia, Philip Bock, Dennis Gordon, Haylee Weaver (Editors)
The second of two volumes describing Australia’s 1200 known species of bryozoans.
Bryozoans are aquatic animals that form colonies of connected individuals. They take a variety of forms: some are bushy and moss-like, some are flat and encrusting and others resemble lace. Bryozoans are mostly marine, with species found in all oceans from sublittoral to abyssal depths, but freshwater species also exist. Some bryozoans are of concern as marine-fouling organisms and invasive species, while others show promise as sources of anticancer, antiviral and antifouling substances.
Written by experts in the field, Australian Bryozoa Volume 2: Taxonomy of Australian Families is the second of two volumes describing Australia’s 1200 known species of bryozoans, the richest diversity of bryozoans of any country in the world. It contains detailed taxonomic data and illustrated family-level treatments, which can be used to identify specimens. It provides an authoritative reference for biology students, academics and others interested in marine biology.
Born in the Desert: The Land and Travels of a last Australian NomadArtist/Author: Hercock, Marion with Georgina (Dadina) Brown
This uniquely West Australian story combines the memories of a last aboriginal nomad with a history and geography of the Little Sandy Desert.
Personal stories merge with images of desert landscapes in a colourful, descriptive and candid account of outback life.
Dadina Georgina Brown was born in that desert, but outside the bounds of her Mandildjara aboriginal tribe. Like her famous kinsman Warri, and his wife Yatungka, Ms Brown is one of the last people to have lived the traditional nomad life. Her stories about her early childhood as Dadina, living wild and free; and then adjusting to life as Georgina, resident in the outback community at Wiluna, feature in this new release.
The transition from the nomadic life began in 1976 when seven year old Dadina and her family, met a party of men from the Geraldton Historical Society, who were retracing the 1896 route of David Carnegie. Expedition leader Stan Gratte, and camp cook Harry Leaver, lend their words and photographs to the account of their meeting with the nomads, who opted to leave the desert and start a new life in Wiluna.
Geographer Dr Marion Hercock has added information about the wildlife, landscapes and history of the Little Sandy Desert to Dadina Georgina’s stories. The book has adventure, crime, tragedy and sorrow, a little mystery, and even food. The preparation of bush tucker is shown in detail with Dadina Georgina’s lively demonstration of how to catch, kill, gut and cook a goanna.
This book is refreshingly honest and, while not glossing over the horrible aspects of life on the fringe, does not dwell on issues. It is backed up by scholarly research with extensive footnotes and illustrated with photographs and maps.
God before Gugeri: Luggers, Trucks & Water bores & other Kimberley StoriesArtist/Author: Gugeri, Michael
The Gugeri family have been landmarks in the Kimberley for nearly a century. This book follows four generations of life in the north, from pearling, carrying, Anna Plains station, water boring, Cockatoo Island, oil drilling, wool carting, the Underworld, rockets, fishing, and many incidents and characters. Biographies of Doug Blythe, Billie King and details of many other Kimberley personalities are also offered.
The Best of TimesArtist/Author: Gugeri, Michael
Michael’s first book, God Before Gugeri, is popular among all who know the Derby family. This new book continues the stories of Kimberley life and people with an emphasis on his family. His unconventional tales are a favourite among all who have lived in the Kimberley.
Australian Geographic Guide to the Red CentreArtist/Author: O'Brien, Katrina
This new series of photographic souvenir guides to some of Australia’s most beautiful and iconic places. The 64-page large format book is full of vibrant photography, accompanied by a concise but fascinating commentary by some of Australia’s most experienced travel writers. One of the first two books in the series, the Australian Geographic Book of the Red Centre is an indispensable reminder and souvenir for both international and Australian visitors to this very special place.
Includes sections on geography, wildlife and culture, Alice Springs, the MacDonnell ranges, the Devil’s Marbles, Hermannsberg and Palm Valley, the Red Centre Way, Watarrka (King’s Canyon), Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta, and Rainbow Valley.
Australian Geographic Guide to the KimberleyArtist/Author: O'Brien, Katrina
A new series of photographic souvenir guides to some of Australia’s most beautiful and iconic places.
This beautiful photographic guide will be an indispensable reminder and souvenir to both local and overseas tourists of their amazing trip to Australia’s iconic The Kimberley. Photos taken from Australian Geographic’s extensive photography archives with contributions from other leading Australian photographers
The 64-page large format book is full of vibrant photography, accompanied by a concise but fascinating commentary by some of Australia’s most experienced travel writers. One of the first two books in the series, the Australian Geographic Book of the Kimberley is an indispensable reminder and souvenir for both international and Australian visitors to this very special place. Armchair travellers and children will pick it up time and again to whet their appetites and perhaps to plan their own visits.
Includes sections on geography, wildlife and culture, Kununurra and Lake Argyle, El Questro, Purnululu (Bungle Bungles), Gibb River Road, Mitchell River, the Dampier Peninsula and Broome.
The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made AustraliaArtist/Author: Gammage, Bill
Explodes the myth that pre-settlement Australia was an untamed wilderness revealing the complex, country-wide systems of land management used by Aboriginal people.Across Australia, early Europeans commented again and again that the land looked like a park. With extensive grassy patches and pathways, open woodlands and abundant wildlife, it evoked a country estate in England. Bill Gammage has discovered this was because Aboriginal people managed the land in a far more systematic and scientific fashion than we have ever realised.
For over a decade, Gammage has examined written and visual records of the Australian landscape. He has uncovered an extraordinarily complex system of land management using fire and the life cycles of native plants to ensure plentiful wildlife and plant foods throughout the year. We know Aboriginal people spent far less time and effort than Europeans in securing food and shelter, and now we know how they did it.
With details of land-management strategies from around Australia, The Biggest Estate on Earth rewrites the history of this continent, with huge implications for us today. Once Aboriginal people were no longer able to tend their country, it became overgrown and vulnerable to the hugely damaging bushfires we now experience. And what we think of as virgin bush in a national park is nothing of the kind.