We have an important opportunity right now to protect precious rainforest...forever. Rainforest Rescue supporters have rescued 32 properties in Australia's profoundly biodiverse Lowland Daintree Rainforest - an area that is largely unprotected and at constant risk of development. Through creating viable wildlife corridors and expanding protected habitat, people like you are making a real and important difference for Nature and the myriad species of the area. Every year the number of rescued properties climbs and the threat to the Daintree shrinks overall. Rainforests like this are irreplaceable. Today we have the opportunity to expand a wildlife corridor that connects rich rainforest back into the National Park and other connected nature reserves. These don't come around often enough - that's why we are always looking for them.
A video with all the dedicated rainforest guardians who planted 2,000 trees at the recent Rainforest Rescue Community Tree Planting Day. The Nightwings site is reforesting sugar cane land to reconnect upland National Park and Wet Tropics World Heritage Area down to the Daintree in Australia.
Video created for the Great Forest National Park campaign that I filmed with Wilderness Society Community Organisers and volunteers..
The time is now to create the Great Forest National Park to protect the forests and critically endangered wildlife. These forests supply water for over 4 million people in Melbourne, Australia and are being destroyed at an alarming rate mostly just for making cheap office paper.
Folk from across southern Australia on what the campaign is all about and why they want to protect the Bight.
Mark Coles Smith investigates what folk from across southern Australia on what the campaign is all about and why they want to protect the Great Australian Bight from risky and irresponsible deep sea oil drilling.
Filmed in the oldest rainforest in the world! A short video of me raising awareness for the #Rainforest2Reef campaign.
The aim of the #Rainforest2reef campaign is to promote positive conservation action to reduce the impact on struggling ecosystems such as the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
This is organised by Rainforest Rescue, Great Barrier Reef Legacyand BioPak.
I created this video for The Wilderness Society, one of Australia's largest environmental organisations. Filmed in Toolangi, Victoria, it features giant Mountain Ash trees, the tallest flowering trees in the world and the Wilderness Defender Fundraisers who are on the front line having conversations every day to protect our beautiful and vital forests, oceans, wildlife and eco systems that support us.
Work for The Wilderness Society
Turn the sound on to hear some sweet didgeridoo and why this is such a vital project for the health of the oldest rainforest in the world!
2,000 trees planted in under 3 hours at the Rainforest Rescue Community Tree Planting Day. The Nightwings site is reforesting sugar cane plantation to reconnect upland National Park and Wet Tropics World Heritage Area down to the Daintree River.
Last year I had the pleasure to photograph and film a truly wonderful and inspiring human being, Jeff Shapiro, who is an international adventure athlete. He was impressed by the forests we have close to Melbourne which is still under threat from destructive clear fell logging.
Why are these forests not protected from being destroyed?
Why are our water catchment areas still being logged?
Why are critically endangered native animals not being given adequate protection from the loss of their vital habitats?
These are questions that we need to ask ourselves, each other and our political leaders. Get the conversation growing and protect our future.
Here is some of my drone footage which features in this video. Hope you enjoy and please spread the word.
"The humpback whale adults range in length from 12–16 m (39–52 ft) and weigh about 36,000 kg (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is known for breaching and other distinctive surface behaviours, making it popular with whale watchers.
Like other large whales, the humpback was a target for the whaling industry. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, its population fell by an estimated 90% before a 1966 moratorium.
We must protect the habitat of these beautiful and majestic creatures.
"Behavior and Parenting
These whales are found near coastlines, feeding on tiny shrimp-like krill, plankton, and small fish. Humpbacks migrate annually from summer feeding grounds near the poles to warmer winter breeding waters closer to the Equator. Mothers and their young swim close together, often touching one another with their flippers with what appear to be gestures of affection. Females nurse their calves for almost a year, though it takes far longer than that for a humpback whale to reach full adulthood. Calves do not stop growing until they are ten years old.
Swimming and Breaching
Humpbacks are powerful swimmers, and they use their massive tail fin, called a fluke, to propel themselves through the water and sometimes completely out of it. These whales, like others, regularly leap from the water, landing with a tremendous splash. Scientists aren't sure if this breaching behaviour serves some purpose, such as cleaning pests from the whale's skin, or whether whales simply do it for fun."
- National Geographic
Footage © Martin Stringer Film & Photography
Thanks to Finn Baulch for creating these soundscapes - https://www.facebook.com/sonicfingerprint
Video from Rainforest Rescue - check out the web site: http://www.rainforestrescue.org.au/
My short video about the exciting Nightwings project to replant rainforest on land which has been sugar cane plantation for the past 60 years. members of the local indigenous community remember the area when it was forest and have helped plan the project.
Earlier this year we jointly hosted a community tree planting day where we managed to plant over 900 trees before 10am... missing the midday heat.
Joe Reichl gives a tour of the Rainforest Rescue Daintree Native Nursery and some of the plants we grow for reforestation projects across this unique and ancient rainforest.