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Nature Conservation on Farms EnviroGuideArtist/Author: George, David, (Author), David Brouwer (Editor)
Nature conservation is about keeping, or bringing back, a wide range of plants, animals and other organisms on your farm that will contribute to its health, productivity and appeal. It’s about working in harmony with the environment to sustain the land and its productivity.
Nature conservation can improve the productivity and appeal of your farm. This book shows how to use a conservation policy with your farming practices to increase the diversity of beneficial plants and animals. Use simple techniques of observation and measurement to achieve a productive resource for future generations.
Principles of Ecology EnviroGuideArtist/Author: Brouwer, David
Leaving your land in better condition than you received it is the aim of environmental management. Principles of Ecology is an outline of environmental and landcare themes. It aims to give you some basic tools of understanding before you get into more detailed studies of an area of land. In this book you will be introduced to some environmental terms and start to look carefully at a landscape you are working with
Australia’s Original Languages: An IntroductionArtist/Author: Dixon, R. M. W.
An introduction to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages that explains their distinctive features accessibly for readers who have no previous experience with learning another language, and shows how language reflects traditional culture.
‘A must read for all who would like to understand the languages and culture of Indigenous Australians.’ Dr Ernie Grant, Elder of the Jirrbal nation
When Captain Cook landed at Botany Bay, about 250 distinct languages were spoken across the continent. Yet Australian Indigenous languages actually share many common features.
Bob Dixon has been working with elders to research Australian languages for half a century, and he draws on this deep experience to outline the common features. He provides a straightforward introduction to the sounds, word building, and wide-ranging vocabulary of Indigenous languages, and highlights distinctive grammatical features. He explains how language is related to culture, including kinship relationships, gender systems, and naming conventions.
With examples from over 30 languages and anecdotes illustrating language use, and avoiding technical terms, Australia’s Original Languages is the indispensable starting point for anyone interested in learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages.
‘Written in an accessible, easy to read style, Professor Dixon’s new book is an informative and entertaining introduction to Australia’s “original” languages.’ Dr Joe Blythe, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University
First Footprints: The Epic Story of the First AustraliansArtist/Author: Cane, Scott
First Footprints tells the extraordinary story of the Aboriginal people of Australia. How they made their way out of Africa 60,000 years ago, and how they survived across this vast continent, from the harsh deserts of the inland to the glaciers of southern Tasmania. With photos from the ABC TV series of the same name.Some 60,000 years ago, a small group of people landed on Australia’s northern coast. They were the first oceanic mariners and this great southern land was their new home. Gigantic mammals roamed the plains and enormous crocodiles, giant snakes and goannas nestled in the estuaries and savannahs.
First Footprints tells the epic story of Australia’s Aboriginal people. It is a story of ancient life on the driest continent on earth through the greatest environmental changes experienced in human history: ice ages, extreme drought and inundating seas. It is chronicled through astonishing archaeological discoveries, ancient oral histories and the largest and oldest art galleries on earth. Australia’s first inhabitants were the first people to believe in an afterlife, cremate their dead, engrave representations of the human face, and depict human sound and emotion. They created new technologies, designed ornamentation, engaged in trade, and crafted the earliest documents of war. Ultimately, they developed a sustainable society based on shared religious tradition and far-reaching social networks across the length and breadth of Australia.
The Kimberley: Australia’s WildernessArtist/Author: David Bettini
From the tiger-striped domes of the Bungle Bungles to the opal-blue waters of the Buccaneer Archipelago, the Kimberley is the most remarkable wilderness in Australia. Acclaimed nature photographer David Bettini has captured the essence of the Kimberley’s sweeping ranges, plunging gorges and tropical wetlands. He takes you on a voyage down its convoluted coastline, past sandstone headlands, through mangrove lined inlets and out to pristine reefs.
Intimate portraits of wildlife, including rare creatures like the Monjon – the smallest rock wallaby – and the dazzling Gouldian Finch, are accompanied by captivating descriptions of their behaviour and environment.
The book contains breathtaking images that celebrate the stark beauty of the dry season and the drama of the wet, when thunderstorms and torrential rain descend upon this ancient landscape. David ventures up wild rivers, through the deafening roar of the Horizontal Waterfalls and into spectacular terrain, like Windjana Gorge with its hordes of steely-eyed Freshwater Crocodiles and noisy Black-flying Foxes.
The Kimberley: Australia’s Wilderness captures the grandeur, contrasts and diverse colours of this timeless region.
The Author: David Bettini is one of Australia’s most renowned nature photographers. He has an extensive knowledge and a great appreciation of the country’s wild places and diverse ecology. David is based in Perth but was born and raised in the outback where he quickly developed a passion for the natural world.
Tony Wheeler’s Islands of Australia: Travels Through TimeArtist/Author: Tony Wheeler
Islands of Australia takes you on a virtual journey around the coast, from ecoresorts, pristine beaches and dive sites to guano mines, prisons and subantarctic volcanoes. Illustrated with stunning colour images of Australia’s diverse islands, from rugged and remote volcanic outcrops to postcard-perfect tropical getaways
Not just an island continent, Australia is a continent of islands. With over 8,000 islands, it has more than the entire Caribbean. Join seasoned traveller Tony Wheeler on a journey around the Australian coast and beyond to discover the stunning natural features, unique wildlife and chequered histories of Australia’s remarkable (and remarkably diverse) islets, cays, atolls and archipelagos. Find out why the Whitsundays should have been called the Whitmondays, encounter Australia’s only known pirate, witness mutiny and murder on the Bounty and Batavia, meet giant lizards and friendly quokkas, and discover rich Indigenous cultures. Whether you’re an intrepid explorer, a simple sun-seeker or an armchair tourist, Islands of Australia will have you itching to visit.
Those Wild Rabbits: How They Shaped AustraliaArtist/Author: Munday, Bruce
A century ago Australia was home to 10 billion rabbits, thriving in their adopted home. Storyteller Bruce Munday finds the rabbit saga irresistible – the naive hopes of the early settlers, the frustration, environmental damage, cost to agriculture, dreams shattered, and the lessons learned and ignored.
Those Wild Rabbits highlights not only the damage done but also Australia’s missed opportunities for real rabbit control. It recognises the bush’s paradoxical love affair with an animal that was at one time a significant rural industry and is still recalled with nostalgia. More importantly, it offers hope for a brighter future, making the case for continued research to drive the next rabbit-control miracle, because rabbit plagues of the past will become the future unless we capture the history and embrace the lessons.
Awarded the Keain Medal for the South Australian Historical Book of the Year, 2017
The First Wave: Exploring Early Coastal Contact History in AustraliaArtist/Author: Dooley, Gillian, Danielle Clode (Editors)
The European maritime explorers who first visited the bays and beaches of Australia brought with them diverse assumptions about the inhabitants of the country, most of them based on sketchy or non-existent knowledge, contemporary theories like the idea of the noble savage, and an automatic belief in the superiority of European civilisation. Mutual misunderstanding was almost universal, whether it resulted in violence or apparently friendly transactions.
Written for a general audience, The First Wave brings together a variety of contributions from thought-provoking writers, including both original research and creative work. Our contributors explore the dynamics of these early encounters, from Indigenous cosmological perspectives and European history of ideas, from representations in art and literature to the role of animals, food and fire in mediating first contact encounters, and Indigenous agency in exploration and shipwrecks.
The First Wave includes poetry by Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal poet Ali Cobby Eckermann, fiction by Miles Franklin award-winning Noongar author Kim Scott and Danielle Clode, and an account of the arrival of Christian missionaries in the Torres Strait Islands by Torres Strait political leader George Mye.
Rediscover Perth Outdoors: A Guide to Natural Recreation Areas in and around PerthArtist/Author: Mitchell, Samille
With rolling tree-cloaked hills to the east, the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean to the west and the waters of the Swan River meandering through its very heart, Perth and its surrounds are blessed with the most beautiful of outdoor environments. When it comes to experiencing this natural richness, you’ll find a wealth of national parks to explore. Rediscover Perth Outdoors provides information on 37 different parks in a region stretching from Yanchep National Park in the north, to Lane Poole Reserve in the south, Avon Valley National Park in the east and the offshore marine parks and Rottnest Island in the west. It includes extensive information on the many walk and cycle trails available, as well as a comprehensive guide to day walks on the Bibbulmun Track, day rides on the Munda Biddi off-road cycling trail and mountain bike trails in the Perth Hills.
Whether they are in the heart of the city, along the coastline or amid the picturesque Perth hills, our parks are well worth the time to get out there and explore.
Geology of Western Australia’s National Parks: Geology and Our Environment (Fourth Edition)Artist/Author: Lane, Peter
Geology of Western Australia’s National Parks is a geology book for everyone. Covering national parks from the Darling Fault right through to the Kimberley, the author has endeavoured to give the reader an appreciation of the global forces that have formed Western Australia’s national parks, and indeed our planet. A great book for those fascinated by geology.
Learning from Agri-Environment Schemes in Australia: Investing in Biodiversity and other Ecosystem Services on FarmsArtist/Author: Ansell, Dean, Fiona Gibson, David Salt (Editors)
Learning from Agri-Environment Schemes in Australia is a book about the birds and the beef — more specifically it is about the billions of dollars that governments pay farmers around the world each year to protect and restore biodiversity. After more than two decades of these schemes in Australia, what have we learnt? Are we getting the most out of these investments, and how should we do things differently in the future? Involving contributions from ecologists, economists, social scientists, restoration practitioners and policymakers, this book provides short, engaging chapters that cover a wide spectrum of environmental, agricultural and social issues involved in agri-environment schemes.
Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search For Human AntiquityArtist/Author: Taylor, Rebe
This book is a winner of multiple literary awards.
In 1908 English gentleman, Ernest Westlake, packed a tent, a bicycle and forty tins of food and sailed to Tasmania. On mountains, beaches and in sheep paddocks he collected over 13,000 Aboriginal stone tools. Westlake believed he had found the remnants of an extinct race whose culture was akin to the most ancient Stone Age Europeans. But in the remotest corners of the island Westlake encountered living Indigenous communities.
Into the Heart of Tasmania tells a story of discovery and realisation. One man’s ambition to rewrite the history of human culture inspires an exploration of the controversy stirred by Tasmanian Aboriginal history. It brings to life how Australian and British national identities have been fashioned by shame and triumph over the supposed destruction of an entire race. To reveal the beating heart of Aboriginal Tasmania is to be confronted with a history that has never ended.