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5 family-friendly sanctuaries to visit these holidays

by Helen Church,

Looking for some travel inspiration for the upcoming holiday season? We’ve got you covered! Our Wildlife Land Trust’s Sanctuaries You Can Stay program features bush retreats, eco-friendly farmstays and stunning campsites around Australia, with something to fit every budget and interest. Adventurous families can explore beaches, woodlands and rainforests, and...

Nature Laws Explainer: Community Rights in Decision Making

by Dr Megan Kessler,

Image Credit: Rae Harvey Wild2FreeThe 2020 review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) found a lack of trust in the Act due to poor transparency, inadequate opportunities for public participation in decision-making, limited pathways for legal review, and a lack of accountability in decision making....

Preview of new nature laws reveals both promise and problems

by Dr Megan Kessler,

Last week, HSI Australia joined the two-day stakeholder ‘lock up’ to preview some of the proposed elements of our new nature laws. Our take? There are a number of features that, if done well, have good potential to drive the transformational change we’ve been asking for. Unfortunately, as it’s currently...

Celebrating Halloween with Australia’s weird and wonderful wildlife

by Helen Church,

It’s the spooky season, and Australians are lucky to have a huge diversity of weird and wonderful wildlife to send shivers down your spine! From creepy but cute to downright macabre, here are some of our favourite native species to help you celebrate Halloween this year: Barking Owls Owls carry...

Nature Law Explainer: Climate Change

by Dr Megan Kessler,

Climate change is one of the major threats to Australian wildlife and their habitats. The 2021 State of the Environment report found that:  ”… climate change and associated extreme events, compounded by other pressures, have had a major impact on biodiversity over the past 5 years, with consequences likely to...

An eco-friendly Halloween: Spooking without harming the environment.

by Sabrina Nizeti,

BOO! 👻 Halloween is a time of spooky stories, fun costumes, and creative decorations. However, many traditional Halloween decorations can have a negative impact on the environment and wildlife. Plastic decorations, discarded pumpkins, and fake cobwebs can all harm the environment and local ecosystems. But fear not, there are eco-friendly...

Get to know Evan Quartermain, Head of Programs Australia

by Humane Society International,

Cover Photo by Adam FergusonEvan Quartermain’s career with HSI started back in in 2010 when he was hired as the coordinator of our Wildlife Land Trust program. He now holds the busy position of Head of Programs and serves as HSI Australia's leader for disaster response. His expertise extends to...

5 ways you can help wombats this International Wombat Day

by Helen Church,

You’d be hard-pressed to find an animal as quintessentially Aussie as the wombat – these tough, clever and surprisingly cheeky animals represent everything we love about this country’s wildlife. Despite this, however, wombats are facing a range of issues that threaten their survival in bushland, farms and national parks. The...

Nature Laws Explainer: Strengthening Conservation Planning 

by Dr Megan Kessler,

Image: Sam Edmonds It is vital that our new national environmental laws prevent environmental harm that will lead to wildlife and their habitats becoming threatened. Equally they must drive the recovery of those species and communities that are already threatened. That’s where stronger conservation planning comes in.  The Environment Protection and...

Recovery of southern bluefin tuna, bad news for albatross 

by Lawrence Chlebeck,

Image: CanvaSouthern bluefin tuna were very nearly fished into extinction.  Appetite for the extremely valuable fish used in high-grade sashimi caused the population to drop to perilously low numbers.  It was a conservation crisis that led to the global listing of the species as Critically Endangered in 1996 and HSI...

Cancel Macquarie Harbour salmon licences to save endangered Maugean skate

by Humane Society International,

Feature image credit: Jane Rucker Conservation groups have asked EPA Director to not renew Macquarie Harbour fish farm licences this year as Maugean skate is being driven to extinction Groups have lodged a Right to Information application for EPA to hand over information including breaches of conditions and infringement notices...

Nature Law Explainer: Objects and Duties

by Dr Megan Kessler,

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the very existence of national environmental laws creates an obligation on Environment Ministers to protect the environment. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Instead, their obligations are limited by the objects and duties that are specified in the law. And in the case of our...

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