Backyard Buddies

Photo: Australian Geographic

B-mail September 2019

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Blue Tongue Lizard

Australia is home to six species of blue-tongued lizards. They are usually grey with broad brown stripes across their back and tail, and of course their most unique distinguishing feature is their blue tongue.

You will start to see blue-tongues in spring as they begin emerging from their winter homes to look for mates. They are only active during the day which makes them easy to spot... read more

Pink Cockatoo 

Also known as Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo - the Pink Cockatoo is hard to miss, with its distinctive red and white headdress.

The Pink Cockatoo, Lophochroa leadbeateri, is admired far and wide in Australia for its unique beauty. The gentle splashes of pastel pink across the front of its body set it apart from its Sulphur Crested Cockatoo brothers and sisters. It's pale pink colour, and red, yellow and white crest, also help you tell it apart from the Galah... read more


Eucalypts are commonly known as gum trees and are an iconic Australian tree. There are almost 900 species growing across the continent.

These tall trees provide food and shelter for many native birds, insects, and mammals. They also provide hollows for cockatoos, parrots, gliders, possums and other buddies to nest and shelter in. It can take up to 100 years or more for eucalypts to develop tree hollows, so avoid removing any from your place if you can help it... read more

Calling all Citizen Scientists!  

This Spring, Australians are encouraged to become ‘citizen scientists’ and investigate how healthy their local waterways and wetlands are, simply by exploring and identifying what aquatic macroinvertebrates they contain. The type and number of waterbugs found in a waterway can tell us a lot about how healthy that waterway is. Training sessions are being held all over Australia from August to November, and anyone can participate. Visit this website for video tutorials to see what's involved

To identify and record waterbugs, a Waterbug App has been specifically designed for this project. It’s a great, easy to use tool and replaces traditional data sheets in the field. It’s free to download, and you can choose to do a detailed Waterbug Survey or a quick Mayfly Muster. See more here about the app -


There are no less than 517 native animals on the Australian Government's list of threatened species. Habitat loss and introduced predators are the key reasons so many of our beloved native animals are on this list. By acting now to protect nature and prevent extinction, we can secure a better future for all.
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