I enjoyed writing the Teacher Notes for CSIRO's new picture book, Plantastic! A to Z of Australian plants. I took the opportunity to speak to the author, Cat Clowes, and the illustrator, Rachel Gyan, about producing the book. You can read my article and check out the book on the CSIRO blog.
One of the young women who works at one of our local cafés has an equation tattooed on the front of her neck. It's hard to read, a bit complicated - she said it's the equation for Einstein's theory of relativity. Personally, I'm not willing to go that far in order to communicate science (much to everyone's … Continue reading Science on your skin
These little brown birds, seen flitting around woodlands and occasionally my garden, are clever architects whose nest deceives potential predators. I discovered this after I chose to write a piece on the yellow-rumped thornbill for the Bimblebox 153 Birds Project—a conservation meets art project highlighting the bird species recorded in Bimblebox Nature Refuge in Queensland, which is … Continue reading Decoy nest protects young yellow-rumped thornbills
This is the text of my audio piece on the yellow-rumped thornbill for the Bimblebox 153 Birds Art Project, which is touring around Queensland to raise awareness of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, which is threatened by coal mining. 153 species of birds have been spotted in the reserve. Yellow-rumped thornbills (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa) are endemic to Australia and widespread, particularly … Continue reading Yellow-rumped thornbill: Bimblebox Art Project
I've picked the yellow-rumped thornbill to write about for the Bimblebox 153 Birds Project. 153 because they've recorded 153 bird species at Bimblebox Nature Reserve in central western Queensland (although their website now says 154). The privately owned high-biodiversity remnant woodland reserve is now under threat from a coal mine development by Waratah Coal, which … Continue reading Write for conservation, and art