August is platypus month, an initiative embraced by Wildlife Queensland’s PlatypusWatch Network. Despite almost everyone knowing about the biological curiosity that is the world’s one and only living platypus species, many Queenslanders haven’t seen this elusive egg-laying mammal in the wild.
Drawing on data from InvaCost and other datasets that measure invasive herbivores, plants, and disease-causing agents, a recent study published in NeoBiota estimated the total costs of managing invasive species over the past six decades at AUD 389.59 billion.
Parents juggling work and homeschooling are probably already experiencing lockdown loopiness (who isn’t?), so we’ve put together some fun backyard activities, simple colouring-in activities, and wildlife-themed craft ideas to help kids ‘keep the wild alive’ during lockdown.
Subscribe to Wildlife Australia magazine between 1 August and 5 September 2021 and receive a FREE copy of Harry Saddler’s fantastic new book Questions Raised by Quolls: Fatherhood and Conservation in an Uncertain World.
All across the world, 31 July celebrates and supports those who work to protect the planet’s natural treasures and cultural resources and honours the courage and sacrifice of rangers who have given their lives in the line of duty.