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Two green parrots

High fliers: pleasure-seeking parrots are using aromatic plants, stinky ants and alcohol

These parrots were spotted applying chewed pepper tree bark and shoots to their feathers and skin during preening. What are they up to?

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man in the bush
Tue, 19 Mar 2024

How did Australia’s environment fare against this onslaught of global climate records? In short, 2023 was a year of opposites.

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Woman with binoculars near trees
Mon, 18 Mar 2024

If you see a bird but don’t record it in an app, did it even happen?

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Gum tree
Fri, 15 Mar 2024
Bee on hand
Tue, 27 Feb 2024

We have a small and vanishing window to collect bees before the inevitable rapid spread of the varroa mites, and the mass die-offs, occur.

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A large-eyed mouse on red dirt
Fri, 23 Feb 2024

Australia can lay claim to two new native mammal species, discovered as part of collaborative new research published in the journal Molecular Ecology.

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Fluffy mammal in a tree
Wed, 14 Feb 2024

Ecologists were shocked by a recent announcement by New South Wales environment authorities that they believe loosens protections for southern greater gliders in logging areas.

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Australian landscape with gum trees
Wed, 14 Feb 2024

A new project seeks to rewrite this period of history – and others – to honour the voices and experiences of Aboriginal people whose contributions to colonial-era expeditions have long been overlooked.

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A mushroom cloud from a nuclear test
Thu, 08 Feb 2024

New research demonstrates a way to distinguish between underground nuclear tests and natural earthquakes with around 99% accuracy.

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There is no planet B
Mon, 05 Feb 2024

Wanting to do good for the environment can come with a serious emotional burden – two ANU experts share their insights on how to channel climate anxiety into positive change.

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