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Live Ecology Talks Episode 1: Sea Turtles Sea turtles are an incredibly majestic animal that we seldom get to observe due to the different world they live in. Today we explore some of the research conducted in Cape York, Australia, primarily on the Olive Ridley and Flatback turtles, but also including the Hawksbill. We delve...
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Live Ecology Talks Episode 1: Observations Today we introduce an incredibly valuable skill for an ecologist, and in life in general; observation. We walk through our backyard in Cairns, Australia and find several animals, plants and fungi to talk about. To wrap up, we show you 2 snakes and provide a little research task as...
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best books to read isolation covid
Best Books to Read During Isolation My top 6 best books to read during isolation. I can’t recommend these books enough!  Here’s the breakdown: The Last Crocodile Hunter – Amanda French (& Bob Irwin) ($19 AUD) Possibly the BEST book I’ve read this DECADE. Had me in tears several times and Amanda takes us behind...
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Kimberley & Gulf Savannah Tours 2020 We need tour-testers and the prices are worth it! Next year, in 2020, we are running our FIRST Kimberley (Broome to Darwin) and Gulf Savannah (Darwin to Cairns) tours!  How can you help?  We need some absolute legends to come and test this tour with us, and the prices...
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Firefighters fighting a blaze
Australia’s Bushfires The Wake-up Call Australia & the World Needed Note: there is an about author section about the bottom of the page.  Cover image: DFES. It’s Scott Morrison’s fault.  It only happened because the Greens didn’t allow reduction burns.  It’s because we aren’t implementing Traditional burning regimes.  The Government did nothing.  The Rural Fire...
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pig and dingo on cape york waterhole
What animals can you see in Cape York? Cape York is an extremely remote region in northern Australia, home to many endemic animal species.  It has a huge diversity of habitats, including floodplains, open savannah woodlands, estuaries, beaches and 2 very important, rainforest mountain ranges (The Macilwraith Range & Iron Range).  There is a huge...
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Aerial view of the Peninsula Development Road, Cape York.
Will the road to the tip of Cape York be sealed by 2020? Well, I thought I would clear up a little confusion about this as I’ve seen quite a few questions about it lately.  Admittedly, even I was a little confused about how much would be sealed and by when.  It’s harder again for...
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comparison of four lagoons
The Condition of Lagoons in Cape York Over 2 Years Quite often, people ask me what Cape York is like at certain times of the year: wet, dry, cold, hot?  Before taking on Cockatours, I worked as an ecologist in central Cape York for 5 years and we monitored everything from feral pigs and sea...
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bandy-bandy snake with tongue out
A New Species of Venomous Snake Discovered: The Bandy-Bandy! Australia has a reptuation for having some of the most lethal, venomous, sharp-teethed, bitey, stingy animals on the planet!  And Cockatours has found a specimen of the the most recently discovered species in Australia, once more confirming that reputation!  A new species of venomous snake called...
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