IT’S WHALE SEASON IN FNQ – MEET THE HUMP-BACK

It’s whale season in far north Queensland – a time of year when your chances of seeing a whale up close are pretty good. The local reef and tour boat operators have a network of people who report sightings, and even a short boat journey […]

THE ULYSSES BUTTERFLY

IT’S BUTTERFLY TIME IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

The far north Queensland wet season is over for another year and the start of the dry is a great time to see butterflies and moths around the region. During the wet, conditions are just too tough for these beautiful creatures to flourish in significant […]

THE CAIRNS ESPLANADE – A WORLD FAMOUS BIRD WATCHING LOCATION

ABC Far North wildlife correspondent Martin Cohen and I have travelled far and wide this year to observe the amazing birds and animals of far north Queensland. One of the best things about living in FNQ is that you don’t have to travel very far […]

LESSONS FROM ECUADOR TO PROTECT FNQ FROGS

ABC Far North wildlife correspondent Martin Cohen has a visitor this week –  a man who’s travelled all the way from Ecuador to check out our frogs. OK – it’s a bit more than checking them out. Andres Merino-Viteri is an Ecuadorian herpetologist studying the […]

GARDENING WITH AUSTRALIAN NATIVE PLANTS IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

As the gardeners of far north Queensland know, lots of plants love our tropical climate and do really well here. Some non-native or introduced species do well too, but some just can’t handle the weather. People choose plants and trees for their gardens for all […]

Martin Cohen at Lake Eacham FNQ

THREATENED, VULNERABLE, ENDANGERED. THE STATE OF OUR WILDLIFE

We hear lots of debate about our environment and the impact of human activity on our wildlife. In those discussions you’ll hear terms like “endangered”, “threatened”, “vulnerable”, and many other words and phrases. Their exact meaning is not always clear, and given the heat and […]