I can vouch for the quality of Simon and his crew's work on the National
Landscapes Strategy, having just seen a draft video made in the Top End
earlier this year.
I've worked with film crews on documentaries since the early 1990s, mostly
with the BBC, and I've only seen one produce anywhere near the quality of
Simon's dream of connecting people to nature has been mine as well, and
that's what I've tried to do both in my guiding and my books. In September,
2013, Wildlife Tourism Australia will be holding a workshop in the Top End
examining that very issue, and looking at how tourism can do it better.
Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
1/7 Songlark Street,
Bakewell, NT 0832
043 8650 835
PhD candidate, SCU
Vice-chair, Wildlife Tourism Australia
Nominated for the Condé Nast international ecotourism award, 2004 by the
renowned American website, Earthfoot.
Wildlife Adviser, BBC¹s ?Deadly 60¹
Birds of Australia's Top End and Quiet Snake Dreaming available on
A second edition of Fauna of Australia¹s Top End used by the University of
NSW as a text for 12 years is now under preparation.
'It gave me huge insight into the lives' of Aboriginal Australians¹,
Jonathon Franzen, American author, birder, conservationist (August, 2011)
on Quiet Snake Dreaming.
The best guide in Darwin is Denise Goodfellow. Bo Beolens, the Fat Birder
On 1/12/12 10:44 AM, "Simon Mustoe" <> wrote:
> I'm sorry it's been a while since I've emailed birding-aus. We've had immense
> support from so many people on this list so I wanted to let you know what
> we've been up to and why the silence.
> For those of you who don't know me personally, I've spent a life-time in
> ecological consultancy. For 15 years I have worked to establish and push
> forward the notion of proper environmental protection at the professional
> level. We are always going to need great consultants and it's essential that
> the best people end up in the profession ... however, I came to realise that I
> could spend my time better spent doing something different.
> So I set up Wildiaries (and Bird-O) to realise a dream I have had all along of
> connecting everyday people to nature, to inspire interest from people outside
> of groups like this - people who aren't as lucky as we are and don't
> necessarily know the joy and excitement that nature gives us.
> Our most exciting project so far is a non-profit film series on Australian
> nature. We're working with a national tourism body to create what is arguably
> the most comprehensive series about Australian wildlife for decades. We're
> covering everything from Saltwater Crocodiles and Giant Dragonflies to Orchids
> and Humpback Whales.
> y | http://aussiebirding.wildiaries.com/trips/11051-Mum-s-One-Tonne-Bub. The
> series will hopefully be launched in early March next year over 45 episodes -
> so watch this space ; )
> In the last 12 months, we've established a FREE online magazine on nature,
> travel, art and culture (http://wildiaries.com) with a circulation of 70,000
> people. We've set up a national travel agency to promote opportunities to see
> wildlife with the best guides Australia has to offer and channel money into
> conservation charity - we're working closely with Earthwatch and are now
> proudly their preferred booking agent for all their trips world wide. We've
> helped publish eBooks including Peter Waanders fabulous "Birdwatching Guide to
> South Australia", Mike Keighley and Tom Huth (Conde Naste traveller) "Tales of
> an Outback Guide" and have our first iPhone App "Whales and Dolphins of
> Australia, New Zealand and the Antarctic". These may seem like insignificant
> ventures but its the passion, enthusiasm and knowledge behind the creations
> that inspire us to help people promote their unique perspectives on nature.
> Wildiaries is the realisation of a dream to do something of value for c
> onservation. But I can't take the credit for the beautiful creations on the
> site - for that I am indebted to an incredibly talented team of staff and
> associates including top writers, media, travel and marketing people. Many of
> our associates are discovering an interest in nature as a result of working
> with us: film editors, musicians and music producers, authors and artists.
> What's most exciting about this is the potential to reach new audiences with
> new creative messages.
> Most importantly however, we couldn't do this without people like you. At the
> grass roots level, we are working with clever, devoted and enthusiastic
> naturalists who share our vision to simply tell the world about unique
> wildlife. It's their insights and through their eyes that people learn to
> empathise with nature's true value.
> Whether it's through a video, a photo or a trip report, the stories about
> nature you've given us are inspiring people with a blossoming interest in
> Thanks again for your support. I'll try to update this list more frequently
> from here on about what we're up to. If you have something particularly
> special to tell us about, why not sign up and post it online or email me at
> ... we're keen to explore more around Australia and link
> this to the work we're doing.
> Have a nice weekend : )
> Simon Mustoe
> Tel: +61 (0) 405220830 | Skype simonmustoe | Email
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