conservation

We chat with Ingrid Marker about how large bodied dogs, in particular hunting dogs trained to kill pigs, are lethal to the cassowary population who are already up against it with their disappearing habitat, roads, and fragmented landscapes.

Mentioned in podcast & for more information  https://www.facebook.com/cassowarykeystoneconservation/

Annett & friend

We speak with Dr Annett Finger, Dr Nikki Kowalczyk, and Port Phillip Baykeeper Neil Blake about the colony of Little Penguins that live on a Melbourne breakwater in Port Phillip Bay.  They talk about the circumstances that make this colony unique & about the important research conducted by Earthcare St Kilda.  We'll also hear how a recent industrial fire in Melbourne's western suburbs may pose serious risks to the health of Port Phillip Bay & the penguin colony.

We speak with Darryl Jones about his book The Birds At My Table, on why we feed wild birds & why it matters. Bird feeding says a lot about us in these challenging times.

Dingo Den Sanctuary

We talk about dingos and the fact that these important apex predators are killed under wild dog 'management' plans. Who are we referencing when we use the name wild dog or dingo anyhow? It seems everyone and their dog (pardon the pun) has a story about wild dogs or dingos, however, few of us in the city really understand who we are talking about.

Parks Victoria want to completely eradicate the brumbies in the Bogong High Plains and Jill Pickering from the Australian Brumby Alliance explains the inconsistencies and injustices of this plan that is based on questionable science. DEADLINE IS FRIDAY FOR COMMUNITY FEEDBACK ! Please let Parks Victoria know you want them  to  protect the brumbies' freedom by following this link on the Victorian Brumby Association  page: http://www.victorianbrumbyassociation.org/alpine-national-park.html

We're in the studio, chatting with wildlife ecologist Joshua Griffiths (pictured here) & conservation photographer Doug Gimesy (photo credit) about threats to the platypus.  They also tell us about nifty 'citizen science' initiative PlatypusSPOT, new technology that detects platypus DNA in waterways, and the Victorian Alliance for Platypus-Safe Yabby Traps which has been formed with the objective of a complete ban on the enclosed yabby traps that kill platypus almost every day.  Josh & Doug advise us of actions we can all take to improve the chances of this u

In this week’s show, we talk with Dr Mel Taylor about protecting our animals in emergency situations and look at some new research that shows a plant-based food system would be much better for our environment.

For more on what Dr Mel Taylor was talking about, please see: http://theconversation.com/seven-ways-to-protect-your-pets-in-an-emergency-83484

Throwing the baby out with the bathwater?  It appears current feverish land clearing, mostly for pastoral animal agriculture, makes a mockery of efforts & money to protect threatened species, biodiversity & climate change mitigation.

We hear from CEO Nick Spencer and Marketing Officer Phalkun Chan of Ibis Rice, in Phnom Penh. This project of the Wildlife Conservation Society protects some of Cambodia's most endangered wildlife species, particularly the iconic giant ibis, by collaborating with local rice farmers for a win-win outcome.

Ibis Rice www.ibisrice.com 


Conservation & wildlife photographer Doug Gimesy, Finalist for the 2016 Wildlife Photograph of the Year awards for the image, "Caring for Joey" joins us in the studio today. The awards exhibit, including his work, is on until May 15th In Geelong.  Please sign his "Fast Roads, Slow Deaths" petition to change the speed limit on Kangaroo Island to reduce wildlife trauma and deaths.

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