In this special, longer episode of the Rescue Project Podcast, we’re in the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland. Prepare to immerse yourself in the wettest part of the driest continent on earth, a tiny patch of emerald green. A World Heritage area.
We’re walking through the landscape with people living here and collaborating on interconnected projects – looking after tree kangaroos whose fragmented forest habitat needs re connecting, finding seeds for propagation, replanting great tracts of rain forest, and protecting the whole from a tiny but deadly invader – the yellow crazy ant.
How are people doing this work and what drives them? How do they remain hopeful and passionate in the context of global climate disruption?
So pop on your headphones to be transported and inspired. Then let us know what you think in the comments below, or share your own story!
Rescue Project producer
Written and presented by Gretchen Miller
Sound engineering by Judy Rapley
Grateful thanks to the people of the Tablelands, to QWALC, Landcare Australia, James Link, Rohan Anteo and Rhonda Sorensen, and to land and animal carers everywhere. Grateful thanks also due to Judy Motion, Paul Brown, Tema Milstein, and Matt Kearnes from the University of NSW which has supported the research via an Australian Government RTP scholarship. Special thanks are due to Judy Rapley for her meticulous sound engineering work, that always goes above and beyond.
Credit due to the Xeno Canto website for its beautiful, creative commons-licenced bird recordings. Recordings from: Patrik Åberg – bower’s shrikethrush, brown cuckoo-dove, tooth-billed bowerbird, fan-tailed cuckoo, orange-footed scrubfowl, grey-headed robin, southern boobook, spotted catbird; Fernand Deroussen – Australasian Figbird, Brown Gerygone x 2, chowchilla; Phil Gregory – little shrikethrush, black butcherbird, orange footed scrubfowl; Krzysztof Deoniziak – brolga, torresian crow, Marc Anderson – little shrikethrush.
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