Tim had an opinion piece in The Guardian in January. The paper ran a series of stories about invasive species, and invited Tim to provide an article about the breadth of the problem and responses required. Tim noted that “Politicians face repeated calls to reduce emissions and stop land clearing, but there isn’t much public pressure for better biosecurity.” Australians should be concerned about the invasive species we don’t have yet, such as Asian black-spined toads, rock snot, and various diseases killing eucalypts and wattles grown overseas.
In September last year, and also in August, Tim led ecotours to Borneo on behalf of British company Naturetrek (see below). His next tour will be in April.
He wrote a chapter for a book, Eat the Problem, to be published by Hobart’s MONA soon, and the foreword to John Woinarski’s book about Christmas Island extinction, A Bat’s End, published last September.
Tim produced a major report on climate change impacts on the Gondwana Rainforests World Heritage Area in Queensland for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Healthy Land and Water, Brisbane. The report assesses recent changes reported by biologists and park rangers, and provides recommendations for future national park management. The region has several species confined to high altitudes including the endangered black-tailed dusky antechinus (Antechinus arktos) and the rainforest cool-skink (Harrisoniascincus zia).
Tim was re-appointed a judge of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.
He has discontinued his fortnightly blog for Australian Geographic, but past blogs remain online.
Tim is spending much of his time working on his next book. He will visit Chile in November to study the Gondwanan connections between Australia and South America.
Last July Tim led a Nature- trek group on a tour of Borneo which proved a great success. In one 90 minute period at night, the group saw a clouded leopard, two sun bears, two elephants and four porcupines.
The clouded leopard remained visible for seven minutes, passing less than three metres from the vehicle.
The bears were seen climbing down from their tree hole. Other species seen included lorises, leopard cats and Whitehead’s trogons.
Tim Low’s book, Where Song Began continues to attract strong interest.
In October, Tim appeared at two events in Brisbane as part of Where Song Began, a musical celebration of birds inspired by Tim’s book and performed by Simone Slattery and Anthony Albrecht. The second performance, in St Mary’s Kangaroo Point, was especially well received. Simone and Anthony toured Tasmania in January.
Before that Tim appeared on the ABC Radio National Program Off Track, in a segment about Simone and Anthony. They have performed Where Song Began in New York, London, Melbourne, Perth and elsewhere.
After an international edition was published by Yale University Press, Tim was invited to speak about it at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the leading organisation for the study of birds in the Americas, in upstate New York, in May last year.
Tim was interviewed on radio by Dr Karl about native species expanding their frontiers, as depicted in his book The New Nature. Tim gave a talk about this topic last year at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, and as a keynote speaker at the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference in Sydney.
More news about Where Song Began can be found here.
Tim Low with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (Photo: Matt Deller)