Article: New Bird Species Discovered in Peru


The link below is to an article reporting on the discovery of a new bird species in central Peru’s Cloud Forest. The bird has been called the Sira Barbet. The article features a photo of the bird.

For more visit:
http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0807-hance-sira-barbet.html

Hunter Region Botanic Gardens


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Southern Wetlands

ABOVE: The Southern Wetlands Boardwalk – Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

Late last week I decided I should do something with the final day of my annual leave that I had taken this time round, so I thought I’d pop into the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens near Raymond Terrace in New South Wales, Australia. I had been here before, but that was a long time ago. I wasn’t impressed on that first visit, so after more then a decade had it improved? Well that was the question I was keen to answer.

Rotunda

ABOVE: The Rotunda  BELOW: Succulents Section

Succulents

There was a $4.00 ‘escape’ fee, which would allow a token to be purchased and then the boom gate would rise once it was placed into the proper slot at the exit. So no entrance fee, just an exit fee. I was willing to pay this for a quick look and…

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Australia: Massive Reserve in Tanami Desert Created


Aboriginal rangers will be managing a new reserve in Central Australia’s Tanami Desert region. The reserve is to be called the Southern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area, which forms part of the Trans-Australia Eco-link which joins Arnhem Land with the Great Australian Bight. The link below is to an article that looks at the creation of this new reserve.

For more visit:
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/tanami-desert-indigenous-reserve-bigger-than-tasmania.htm

Brazil: Glow-in-the-Dark Mushroom Found Again


The link below is to an article about a glow-in-the-dark mushroom species that has been rediscovered in the jungles of central Brazil. Be sure to have a look at the picture (not this particular species) – amazing.

For more visit:
http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/glow-in-the-dark-mushroom-rediscovered-after-170-years