Miranda’s Daily Blog: Day 269

The wind rips through the valley. The trees are frantic, swirling this way and then that. Their branches waving wildly. I can hear the wind coming in gusts through the forest. A roar getting louder and louder and then bang… it hits my tree and off we go! My tree bends to the wind, my platform going with it. Although I’ve become used to the sway of my tree, these extreme winds still have me feeling like grabbing onto something and holding tight! The tarp buffeting and blowing against the force of the wind. The rain is pelting down. I hear the loud crack and crash of a tree falling somewhere in the forest. I know that my tree is strong. And so am I. And we will get through this. In moments like this you have to remember the way that the tree deals with it – just let it be, just allow yourself to go with the flow. And so I sit back and watch the beauty and strength of the forest.

Of course at times like this I just have to remember why I’m here and I know that I can get through it. I just think about all the animals that live in this forest and I am reminded of the importance of staying in this tree and being a voice for them. Yesterday was National Threatened Species Day. A timely reminder of the importance of looking after our threatened species. These forests are home to many animals that are on the Tasmanian threatened species list, including Tasmanian devils, spot tail quolls, masked owl, wedge tail eagles and goshawks.

A group of primary school children in Cygnet, in southern Tasmania, got together for national threatened species day.  It’s so inspiring to hear from young voices in the community about their ideas on how we can all help to look after wildlife and threatened species. Check out the media release below, from Cygnet Public School’s teacher aide Shaun Douglas:


Yesterday at Cygnet Public Primary School a group of students gave up their lunchtime for National Threatened Species Day to talk about threatened and injured wildlife in Tasmania. While they were painting a banner with their messages for other students who don’t live near the bush, Shaun Douglas, a grade 6 Teacher’s Aide interviewed the group and this is what they had to say:

Why is it important to you to know more about threatened wildlife?
(Jaia, grade 2) “If you see an animal that’s injured you can look after it and help it get better.”

What are some ways that wildlife in Tasmania are injured or threatened?
(Imogen, grade 4) “When they try to cross a road sometimes they get hit and they don’t always die straight away and they might have a baby.”
(Maxi, grade 2) “If people burn hollow logs.”
(Somara, grade 3) “People might cut down too many trees near where the animals live and then they don’t have their homes anymore.”

What can YOU do to be more considerate of threatened species’ and their habitats?
(Amber, grade 3) “We can learn how to look after the injured wildlife. They need to be calm if they’re hurt so they don’t get scared and die.”

The group have decided to keep meeting after class when school gets back in Term 3. If you are down South and interested to get involved here are some links and organizations that may be of interest to you. Or you can call Shaun at Cygnet Primary School in two weeks on 62951241.

Banner made by Cygnet School students

Posted on September 8, 2012, in Daily Blog. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Never sure if you read these comments…

    I’ve grown up in trees, the last 15+ years climbing them professionally…

    When that wind comes, you can only give it over to the spirit of the tree, the hope in every fibre holding together…

    I usually fly to a meditative state, my nicknames possum, koala is where I go when the wind bends the beamoth beneath me…

    It brings tears to my eyes reading your daily blog, I’ve been planning to pack the motorbike and ride down to say g’day though I’m sure you’re innundated with a busy schedule…

    Your perch is beyond inspirational Miranda, thank you…

  2. Yes, you are indeed strong, Miranda; one with the tree you weather the storm together.

  3. Good on you Miranda and Shaun (!)
    I remember the howling gales at the Floz last winter so am most impressed by your staying power. I hope you don’t have to keep on keeping on for too much longer though (no harm in hoping).
    Big love and solidarity to the forest crew down there and the forest.

  4. Good on you Miranda and Shaun 😉
    I remember the howling gales and falling trees at the Floz last winter so am thinking of you as I sweat and dodge crocodiles in this tropical heat.
    Big love and respect and solidarity to the forest crew there.

  5. Yes, I know the sound of the approaching wind. At night, lying in bed, hearing the immense roar coming down from the top of the bluff. Bracing myself in the darkness, as the roaring gets nearer, feeling my entire house and my bed within it sway. Wondering.

    So I think I can imagine, ever so minutely, what you are experiencing, Miranda.

    You must be so pleased to have seen the responses from the students at Cygnet Primary School. They are inspiring to me and I am very happy that they have a teacher like Shaun who sounds to me like the sort of teacher we’d all hope our kids have.

    I’m thinking of the butterfly effect. When that wind blows, it’s taking your ideas from Mt Mueller across the island, the nation and around the world. I hope that you have been able to respond to the Italian students who’ve written to you, the ones who’ve appeared in comments after seeing your story on Missione natura.

    Bye for now.

  6. You and the tree have the strength of steadfastness and flexibility, an awesome combination. How wonderful to hear the wisdoms of youth, they are our future, so glad they have teachers like Shaun and like you dear Miranda xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  7. this post reminded me of Julia in the hurricane atop Luna….it also reminded me of a coming storm for all Earth’s children, & how we have to ‘Bend like a green reed” if we are to survive. For me personally when this sort of thing happens, it can be a fearless time where i seem to connect with Creator in trust. Thanks for sharing this Miranda.

  8. I thought a lot about you during those days of ferocious weather, Miranda. What an effort to stay at 60 metres up that tree. It was rough enough in my bunk on the Spirit of Tasmania, bouncing this way and that, on our way to Victoria for the September holidays. Back we’ve come to find you still indefatigably blogging, despite the storms within the forests campaign. Well done for hanging in there!

  9. Hi, great blog post. You’re extreme! I like to experience also what you have experience. Thank you.


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