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Are the devils coming back?

We've just received a reliable report of two healthy Tasmanian Devils in the Liffey Valley, including one juvenile. Since 1996, facial tumour disease has wiped out over 80% of Tasmania's devil population and sightings at Liffey are rare.  But there are recent reports that wild devils are developing natural resistance to the disease. It's early days yet, but here's hoping that a viable population… Read more »

Ants on the move

At a partnership property in Tasmania's northern midlands I came across a White Gum with ants just erupting out of the crevices. It's a common enough phenomenon at this time of year, but no less fascinating to notice. Flying ants are common in summer and sometimes you'll see winged ants being shoved out of an established colony by wingless workers - that's what I… Read more »

The Tasmanian Midlands: Kirsty studies microbats.

Kirsty Dixon will change your tune about bats. The University of Tasmania PhD candidate is studying microbats that call the Tasmanian Midlands home.  The eight bat species in Tasmania are all forest dwelling – during the day they roost under bark and in old tree hollows. The largest species in Tasmania, the Eastern Falsistrelle, weighs up to 23g; the smallest, the Little Forest Bat, weighs… Read more »

The Tasmanian Midlands: Glen Bain studies woodland birds

Do you know your 'kar-week-week-kar' from your 'chur-ock-churock’? Do you know which animal sings ‘zit zit zit whooorl’? Unless you’re a bird-loving Tasmanian, you may not recognise the Black Currawong, the Yellow-Throated Honey-eater and the Tasmanian Thornbill. When Glen Bain moved to Hobart to start his PhD, he quickly learned the calls of the 12 bird species endemic to (only found in) Tasmania, like the Green… Read more »

Ecological science in the Tasmanian midlands

The Tasmanian Midlands is a patchwork of colours. White sheep are peppered across a paddock. There are red roofs, silver sheds, and swathes of brown soil, cultivated for crops. The patches of remnant native vegetation appear various shades of green. From a hill top, it’s all rather bucolic. But a bettong (a native ‘rat kangaroo’) might see things a little differently. It might need to travel… Read more »

High wind in the Liffey Valley

A burst of 100km winds in the Liffey Valley on the 18th of March felled hundreds of silver wattles, dozens of stringy barks and white gum, threatened roofs and sheds and toppled one walnut tree. This walnut tree stood in the paddock beside the cottage at Oura Oura for 90 years, heavily laden with this season’s walnuts (or at least the ones left by the animals, not to mention… Read more »

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