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  1. Knowledge is the Prime Resource! The pursuit of knowledge is perhaps life's greatest challenge. Traditionally Aboriginal peoples cared for the land, living as one with it. This custodial relationship, expressed through cultural practices, sustained the natural environment and secured the viability of resources necessary to sustain the continuing existence of Aboriginal society over many millennia. This book containing the words of Frances Bodkin and visual imagery of Lorraine Robertson will take you on a journey of understanding the ancient knowledge of the original People of This Land of the D'harawals.
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  2. Sprinter and Sprummer challenges the traditional four seasons, and encourages us to think about how we view changes in our natural world. Since 1788, Australia has carried the yoke of four European seasons that make no sense in most parts of the country. We may like them for historical or cultural reasons, or because they are the same throughout the world, but they tell us nothing of our natural environment. It's time to reject those seasons and to adopt a system that brings us more in tune with our plants and animals - a system that helps us to notice and respond to climate change. Using examples from his 25 years working in botanic gardens, author Timothy Entwisle illustrates how our natural world really responds to seasonal changes in temperature, rainfall and daylight, and why it would be better to divide up the year based on what Australian plants do rather than ancient rites of the Northern Hemisphere. Sprinter and Sprummer opens with the origins and theory of the traditional seasonal system, and goes on to review the Aboriginal seasonal classifications used across Australia. Entwisle then proposes a new five-season approach, explaining the characteristics of each season, along with the biological changes that define them. The book uses seasons to describe the fascinating triggers in the life of a plant (and plant-like creatures), using charismatic flora such as carnivorous plants, the Wollemi Pine and orchids, as well as often overlooked organisms such as fungi. The final chapter considers climate change and how the seasons are shifting whether we like it or not.About the Author Professor Tim Entwisle is Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Australia. A highly respected scientist and scientific communicator with a broad interest in plants, science and gardens, he was Director of Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust for eight years, and spent two years at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew before returning to Australia.
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  3. Bark Busters is a step-by-step manual to managing all aspects of dog ownership. It demonstrates how to work in tandem with your dog’s natural instincts, to transform a frustrating and chaotic relationship with your dog into a harmonious one. This book covers all facets of dog ownership, from selecting the right puppy for you, training it in basic obedience, dealing with common behavioural problems and feeding and exercising, to coping with disabilities and an aged dog. It includes special sections on dealing with aggression and biting, fears and phobias, dogs and children, going to the vet and coping with the loss of a much-loved pet. Whether you are a proud owner of a new puppy, or the victim of relentless behavioural onslaughts from your mischievous mutt, Bark Busters shows you how to train your dog to fit comfortably into your life.
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  4. This handy guide is your key to the secrets of the most famous National Parks of Australia’s Red Centre. It will tell you about the area’s pre-history and origins, its geology and landforms, its plants and animals, including how they live. It also unlocks the door on the Red Centre’s human history, especially of the Aboriginal people whose culture is so much a part of it.
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  5. Children can learn about the finite nature of natural resources, what rubbish is not recyclable and the impact it has on our planet, and how recycling is sorted, processed and turned into new products. A straightforward introduction to a vital subject. H
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  6. A complete guide to maintaining soundness, with top veterinary advice from the experts, to help every horse owner keep their horse consistently healthy and rideable, and deal with problems as they arise. It tackles the key areas in which the horse can be plagued by persistent problems and that lead to loss of performance: the legs, back and teeth. This guide is accessible, has clear information with detailed descriptions and photographs to aid diagnosis. It offers practical advice on treating and dealing with problems, from headshaking to laminitis.
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  7. Spectacular colourful flying insects brighten up many natural surrounds. A sudden glint of red, green, blue and brown is a wild Australian experience – the passing flitter of butterflies or moths. But which species are they? How do they metamorphose? What do they eat? How can we protect these much loved insects? The nature of butterflies and moths – their amazing transformation and their relationships in the wild – makes them fascinating to study. This practical field guide introduces many species. From the largest butterfly in Australia, the Cairns Birdwing Butterfly to the very small family of “blues”, not forgetting to include the numerous moths that grace many a suburban backyard. High-quality photographs and information on appearance, life history and behaviour make this book perfect for anyone who has been mesmerised by the grace of these insects – and wondered about the vivid lives of butterflies and moths.
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  8. By century’s end, hundreds of millions of people will be retreating from the world’s shores. Nuclear reactors will be decommissioned. The greatest cities in human history, abandoned. This is the story of our rising seas. In a shocking cover story for Rolling Stone, Jeff Goodell predicted that within the lifetime of many of the readers of this book, Miami as we know it today will vanish. This is not a reckless hypothesis. From island nations to the world’s major metropolises, our coasts will drown in the rising waters, which will soon inundate and transform our landscapes. There is no simple way to protect ourselves from this fate—no barriers to erect, no walls to build—to prevent the iconic cities of our time from becoming modern Atlantises.THE WATER WILL COME is the definitive account of why this will happen, how this will happen, and what it will mean. Grounded in fact, science, and on-the-ground reporting, it will tell the story of the coming great drowning, in the vein of environmental classics in this mode, like The World Without Us.
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  9. TV vet Dr Katrina Warren, one of the country’s most recognised and loved veterinarians, has teamed up with professional dog trainer Kelly Gill and the Wonderdogs – Willow, Jordie, Jinx and Flynn. WONDERDOGS teaches 20 fun tricks ranging from easy to advanced, and every trick is accompanied by straightforward step-by-step instructions and photographs. You’ll find everything your dog wants to learn: from sitting, staying and fetching to dancing, spinning and spelling. Plus, there is a puppy guide to help set up your puppy for life. By learning the secrets to successfully training your pet, you’ll strengthen the bond you both share. With love, patience and a few minutes a day you’ll have your very own Wonderdog.
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  10. Based on the “Urban almanac” column in Salt Lake City’s Catalyst magazine.
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  11. Next to riding, there’s nothing horse people love more than to pamper and groom their horses. Particularly satisfying among grooming tasks, braiding manes and tails is a calming, centering routine, enjoyed equally by horse and rider. And, of course, handsome braids are a requirement for showing in many riding disciplines.Horse trainer and instructor Charni Lewis brings the wonderful process of braiding to life in her clearly described, step-by-step guide to 30 beautiful braids. Helping the braider along are full-colour photographs and detailed illustrations showing twists and turns that make each style unique and the hand positions necessary to hold those ropes of equine hair in place. To keep hands free for braiding, the book has a nail hole at the top of each page for easy hanging on a post or barn wall.Lewis begins with detailed advice on choosing and using appropriate tools, preparing the horse, and creating a safe area in which to work.After a chapter on no-nonsense maintenance braids (used primarily to keep the horse neat and clean), she progresses through all the classic braids required for each riding discipline – from a Diamond dressage braid to the Three-rib- bon style favoured for gaited show horses. Finally, Lewis lets loose with braids that are simply fun to do. She encourages readers to experiment with a Scalloped Hunter mane braid or a Four- strand Weave for the tail. They look gorgeous, and when the novelty wears off, there are many more to try!
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  12. A riveting journey into the bizarre world of the Asian arowana or “dragon fish” the world’s most expensive aquarium fish-reveals a surprising history with profound implications for the future of wild animals and human beings alike. A young man is murdered for his prized pet fish. An Asian tycoon buys a single specimen for $150,000. Meanwhile, a pet detective chases smugglers through the streets of New York. Delving into an outlandish realm of obsession, paranoia, and criminality, The Dragon Behind the Glass tells the story of a fish like none other: a powerful predator dating to the age of the dinosaurs. Treasured as a status symbol believed to bring good luck, the Asian arowana is bred on high-security farms in Southeast Asia and sold by the hundreds of thousands each year. In the United States, however, it’s protected by the Endangered Species Act and illegal to bring into the country-though it remains the object of a thriving black market. From the South Bronx to Singapore, journalist Emily Voigt follows the trail of the fish, ultimately embarking on a years-long quest to find the arowana in the wild, venturing deep into some of the last remaining tropical wildernesses on earth. With a captivating blend of personal reporting, history, and science, The Dragon Behind the Glass traces our modern fascination with aquarium fish back to the era of exploration when intrepid naturalists stood on the cutting edge of modern science, discovering new and wondrous species in jungles all over the world. In an age when freshwater fish now comprise one of the most rapidly vanishing groups of animals on the planet, Voigt unearths a paradoxical truth behind the dragon fish’s rise to fame-one that calls into question how we protect the world’s rarest species. An elegant exploration of the human conquest of nature, The Dragon Behind the Glass revels in the sheer wonder of life’s diversity and lays bare our deepest desire-to hold onto what is wild.
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  13. Beautiful, bizarre, and among nature’s most colourful creations, living corals are now being successfully kept and grown in a rapidly growing number of home reef aquariums. Designed to help new and experienced aquarists to select the most appropriate corals for their systems and to provide guidance in keeping them healthy for the long term, this all-new book is packed with the advice of a seasoned coral keeper. More than 700 world-class photographs and text reviewed by leading coral biologists and reef aquarists guide the reader through the selection and husbandry of hundreds of species. Included are: soft corals, corallimorpharians (mushroom corals), gorgonians, zoanthids, large-polyp stony corals and small-polyp stony corals – all illustrated with hundreds of brilliant new photographs to aid identification.
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