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Beagle dog
...ce to train. A structured training program is strongly recommended for all Beagles. Beagle health & lifespan The Beagle is a tough little dog with few health problems. Main areas to watch are: obesity – which can lead to problems such as back strain. Anal glands – some owners report problems with blockages in the dog’s anal glands, located on either side of the anus. This is usually indicated by the dog dragging its bottom along the ground. It can... read more

Wombats

...ch as sperm is collected before the animals are returned back to the wild. Data collected from the musters help manage populations as well has monitor the impacts of climate change on the species. Data from these SA studies is also used to help conservation efforts for the northern hairy-nosed wombat. For the last two years Dr Elisa Sparrow has been running Wombat Workshops in all the southern hairy-nosed wombat regions – eight workshops in total.... read more

Regent Honeyeater

...and location. Volunteers need only a pair of binoculars, a field guide and data supplied by the organisers of the project. The last project like this was run 20 years ago and had 3000 volunteers, while the current project has only 500 volunteers, organiser Geoff Barrett is hoping more people will volunteer. The aim of the new project is to compare the new bird atlas with the earlier data to see if any comparisons or conclusions can be drawn. For m... read more

Lowering Cholesterol

...be considered a substitute for cholesterol-lowering medication. We have no data about the long-term safety of foods containing added plant sterols. The margarine spreads have been approved, but the other products will need special approval under the new food standards which come into force in June 2001. ANZFA has assessed the application for approval of products containing plant sterols, but concluded that only a restricted permission (for margari... read more

Gardening Information Services

...o state services can be accessed from any state. They are: Grow Search – a data base for specific information. Phone/Fax: (07) 3821 3784. First query and search is free, charges apply thereafter. Infocall (WA) – run by the Department of Agriculture at 3 Baron Hay Court, South Perth, 6151, The Pest and Disease Information Service can be contacted on; (08) 9368 3666 or 1800 084 881, email: info@agric.wa.gov.au New South Wales Grow Search & Infocall... read more

Brown Snakes

...Australia. In the 90s studies suggested that it was three to four. Current data shows that between spring 1997 and autumn 1998 there were at least six deaths. Between spring 1998 and autumn 1999 there have been at least four deaths, maybe more. Brown snakes There are several species of brown snake in Australia. Their generic name is Pseudonaja, which means false cobra, and refers to their impressive threat display. The most toxic member of the gro... read more

Fitness Yesterday and Today

...ing and what time they were taken off at night. At the end of the week the data from all the Trackmores was downloaded to a computer and the results were averaged. Results The Old Sydney Town group was about two and a half times more active than the modern sedentary workers were. In terms of actual energy that’s about 1,000 calories (equivalent to walking an extra ten kilometres) per day. What to do Garry recommends using technology to help deal w... read more

Guide Dog Association

...tal characteristics and physical attributes. The programme uses scientific data and genetic analysis to improve fertility and conception rates while seeking to minimise skeletal, neurological, opthalmological, skin and other genetic diseases. Arguably these are the best purebred dogs in the world, in that no other dog breed is so carefully selected for temperament and soundness. Why are Labrador Retrievers used as Guide Dogs? The Labrador Retrieve... read more

Gardening Information Services

...o state services can be accessed from any state. They are: Grow Search – a data base for specific information. Phone/Fax: (07) 3821 3784. First query and search is free, charges apply thereafter. Infocall (WA) – run by the Department of Agriculture at 3 Baron Hay Court, South Perth, 6151, The Pest and Disease Information Service can be contacted on; (08) 9368 3666 or 1800 084 881, email: info@agric.wa.gov.au New South Wales Grow Search & Infocall... read more

Snake Bites

...Australia. In the 90s studies suggested that it was three to four. Current data shows that between spring 1997 and autumn 1998 there were at least six deaths. Between spring 1998 and autumn 1999 there have been at least four deaths. It’s thought that the reason for the increase could be that snakes (like the brown snake) are adapting to urban environments. How dangerous are our snakes? The Western Taipan has the most toxic venom of all snakes, but... read more

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Animal Logic

...quake struck. According to John Dengate, there’s really no hard scientific data to support these ideas, some of them are myths and just plain fun, while others are more difficult to ignore. Termites and ants increase their activity as soon as humid or wet weather begins. They’re very dependent on moisture levels to survive, and they seem to wait for the onset of humid weather to begin colonising. Frogs croaking around ponds is usually an indicator... read more