Anorexia Nervosa.

I experienced Anorexia Nervosa from the age of 11 to 15 and it was through that time in my life that the template was set for who I became.

For years I have never talked about that time until I was approached to contribute to the genome study three years ago. I have always believed it was not entirely a psychiatric dis-order so these findings have come as no surprise to me.

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Feral Cats and Dogs.

A feral cat showing its sharp teeth

Billions of native animals, including mammals and birds, are being killed by cats every year, research has found.
Key points:
Feral cats are versatile predators and can prey on anything that’s in the right size range that they can get access to
There is a misconception that feral cats help keep down the numbers of other feral animals, including rabbits and mice
A researcher says owners of domesticated cats would be surprised by the distances their pets can cover

The research, published in the new book, Cats in Australia: Companion and Killer, revealed each feral cat in the bush would kill about 740 animals per year.
Meanwhile, a domesticated cat would kill about 75 animals in a year.
In total, the book’s authors said cats would kill more than 3 million mammals every day, while about 2 million reptiles and 1 million birds would also be killed.
The book is a compilation of key findings from hundreds of studies about cat management.

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July 14, 2019 · 11:44 pm

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Hard to keep up.

The NSW Government has put a price tag on our ancient forests. 

Right now they are making plans to open up thousands of hectares of protected old growth forests to logging for timber. NSW’s precious old growth trees are a sanctuary for koalas, long-footed potoroos and many other threatened species. 

It’s not too late to keep these forests safe. The government can ditch this disastrous idea, but we need to make some noise to ensure it does. 

We’re launching a brand new petition to pressure the NSW Government to protect our ancient forests – can we count on you to sign?

don, this is part of a sustained attack from the NSW Coalition to open up protected areas to logging. 

Just this morning Deputy Premier John Barilaro revealed unprecedented plans to remove protection for the Murray Valley National Park, home to NSW’s special river red gum forests and globally significant wetlands. [1] 

We’re in a biodiversity crisis, with 1025 species in NSW threatened with extinction. We’re also in a climate crisis. We can turn these crises around, but it’ll require planting and restoring forests, not chopping down what we have left. What’s already protected must stay protected whether it’s our public forests or our national parks. 

Sign the petition to save ancient forests from this destruction.

Instead of restoring and preserving our old growth forests and the biodiversity that inhabit them, the government plans to decimate these protected areas with chainsaws.

Four key ministers have the power to stop this in its tracks. If enough of us speak up now, we can show them that the people of NSW won’t stand for protection being stripped and forests destroyed. 

Communities fought hard to protect our old growth forests and national parks and won. Now we must fight to keep these forests protected. 

We’ll make sure these Ministers hear the voices of people across NSW at every key moment, so that they know we’re watching and we will not let them destroy our forests.

Together we can stop this disastrous logging before it starts.

Please sign the petition today to ensure the government puts a priority on protecting nature.

Thank you for all that you do. 

With hope, 

Shirley and Ed

Nature Conservation Council of NSW

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Sunny days.

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July 11, 2019 · 12:09 am


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A week of rain.

A couple of weeks of on and off rain. This is usually our winter dry months so work schedules for cooler days are well behind. Everything is damp.

Bower birds are finding the lank greens in the garden tasty. As well as landing on the verandah.

The bower being added to every day as I see the male bower bird carrying as he flies.

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