The Mouse Undertaker

A couple of nights ago I was sitting by the fire reading New Scientist when I heard from somewhere in the kitchen the telltale “eeeeeekk…eeeeeek!!” screams of a mouse having a very bad night.  Confounded by this unexpected rupture to my otherwise peaceful night, I peered towards the source of the noise for further updates, […]

The Secret Place

“The hardest thing of all to see is what is really there” J.A Baker (The Peregrine, 1967) North of my office window at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, where the flat fields of the plateau fall away sharply into the mighty escarpment (often mistakenly called the “mountain” – but don’t get me started…) there is a […]

The Wisdom of Wilderness: Part 1 by Andrew Turbill

Some years ago I was invited to lead a mob of year 12 students on a week-long hike along some 65km of the Guy Fawkes River, west of Dorrigo. It was a schoolies week celebration but swapping out the glamour and inebriation of Gold Coast nightclubs for the introspection and sobriety of a remote natural […]

The Storm

Around midnight last night the insides of my eyelids exploded with electric-purple light, followed almost instantaneously by a tremendous thunderclap that surely put the chooks off the lay for weeks.  After leaping out of bed to madly shut doors and windows like preparing a submarine for its watery descent, I spent the next hour delightfully […]

Dumplings and Doves by Andrew Turbill

I was walking through Chinatown in the big smoke of Sydney last week looking for fresh dumplings when my phone vibrated. It was a message from my friend Matt. He wanted to know if I’d seen any Topknot Pigeons flocking over the valley and if so what the heck are they eating? I looked around […]

The Art of Adventuring by Andrew Turbill

There is a careful art to adventuring. The tricky part of any adventurous experience is ensuring your level of planning detail is not so overbearing as to snuff out any chance for misadventure. Too much misadventure and you likely won’t live long enough to tell the story (see film “Into the Wild”, for example), too […]

Young Naturalist Club Update

With four weekend field outings under their belt, the budding Young Naturalist Club, led by Andrew Turbill and Karina Davilas are beginning to get into a steady rhythm.  The group of 11 – 15 year olds and a scattering of parents have been to various locations across the region, including searching for lyrebirds at Dorrigo […]