Treasure grove

June 12, 2015 at 11:44 am | Posted in copywriting | Leave a comment
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I recently helped a client with the piece below. Aaron’s aim was to give a personal perspective of his profession. When we were done, however, we realised the content wasn’t ‘newsy’ enough for the Latest News section of Ecology and Heritage Partners‘ website.

It’s more of a blog post, but the site doesn’t have a blog (yet). So I suggested I host the post here until then. I think it’s a great story that ought to be told. So, over to you Aaron! (Click the pics to make them BIG.)

 Treasure grove

Finding a threatened species in an exotic plantation.

Aaron Organ, Director / Principal Ecologist, Ecology and Heritage Partners.

This true, personal tale – though small in scope – touches on many state, national and global environmental themes.

A tiny adventure

On a family holiday in Bright in Northeast Victoria, we drove past a large Radiata Pine (Pinus radiata) plantation. Having read of many fairy-tale forests, my six-year-old son asked if we could go into a real one.

His request reminded me where my ‘spark’ began: catching tadpoles in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, camping on weekends and taking long road trips with my own parents.

Into the wild …

So I turned onto a dirt track and drove deep into Crown land with an appropriate sense of stewardship …

The journey begins

From outside, the forest didn’t look much.

Inside, it appeared pleasant, but fairly sterile to my ecological mind.

Yet my son was entranced, so we went for a walk to see what we could find.

Not much to see in this monoculture.

The sun shone and the road sounds faded. After a while, we came to a shallow gully formed from a rain-eroded drainage line.

Barely an understorey to speak of.

It was then that we heard this sound.

Now it was my turn to be entranced! Because I’d heard this sound before. And I knew it was a Bibron’s (or Brown) Toadlet (Pseudophryne bibronii).

Why was this so exciting? Because the Bibron’s Toadlet:

A quest!

Eager to track the tiny sounds to their source and show my son, l fossicked among the forest debris.

To my delight, I soon caught a beautiful specimen in the undergrowth and displayed him (ironically) on the sawn stump of a tree.

You little beauty!

Simple lessons; profound truths

Had my son not asked to see this forest, at this time of year, we’d not have had this experience.

Happily, it seems my love of the outdoors has rubbed off on him. That’s why he was looking out the car window instead of down at some screen. This is vital, because if our kids don’t know what’s out there, they won’t care when it’s gone.

Not that I’m against technology. While these photos and sounds aren’t fabulous, the power to capture them – instantly – on a mobile phone, would’ve been unthinkable to naturalists even 20 years ago. This bodes well for the (much needed) rise of citizen scientists.

What I am saying is that society should slow down and enjoy the outdoors. People also need to encourage and empower the next generation to appreciate and care for the environment – before it’s too late.

This trip also reinforced my thinking that we should all look at ‘degraded’ environments with more circumspection. Though our planet has taken a pounding, it can still pleasantly surprise.

From ‘waste’ to habitat.

If a toadlet can persist in what could fairly be described as homogenous pine, what else is out there where we least expect it?

Finally, residents of (and visitors to) Bright may derive even more enjoyment from the environs if they know that, deep in the forest, a special creature still calls.

Learn more!

Like to know more about what my expert team and I do with toadlets and other native animals? Drop me a line at or 0425 873 159.

I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you, Aaron.

I greatly look forward to hearing what our readers think!

Brought to you by The Feisty Empire.

Pics and recording by Aaron Organ.

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