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Off Track, with Ann Jones, is an Australian radio show and podcast which combines the relaxing sounds of nature with awesome stories of wildlife and environmental science, all recorded in the outdoors.
5 days ago
Sounds and showers of Macquarie Island [part two]
Where endangered wildlife watches you showering with a bucket in the Antarctic wind.
Jul 31, 2020
Sounds and smells of Macquarie Island [part one]
Where elephant seals smell like feathers and petrels sound like dragons.
Jul 24, 2020
He hitch-hiked with a snake in his hand
Kevin Budden was only a young bloke when he left Sydney for North Queensland with one goal in mind: to find a coastal taipan and bring it back alive.
Jul 17, 2020
Nipple cripples and other nibbles [Incident Report 03]
Just when you thought it might be safe to get back out into nature, it gets you where you least expect it: your nipples.
Jul 10, 2020
Never smile at a crocodile and other fails [Incident Report 02]
Just when you thought it might be safe to get back out into nature, there’s a bite from a huge, unknown carnivore and a leech on your eyeball. This is the second instalment of Incident Reports with communiques back to base about the worst (ie: best) fieldwork fails.
Jul 3, 2020
Fieldwork fails and flops [Incident Report 01]
Let’s not get too romantic about nature. There’s plenty of times when you end up covered in mud, at the end of your tether and on the receiving end of a love bite from a vampire bat. Hear scientists report back about their worst (ie: best) fieldwork fails.
Jun 26, 2020
Live long, little lizard [UPDATE]
After 35 years, some of the same sleepy lizards are still alive, still with the same lizard partner. This episode was first broadcast in 2017, but has been updated with news of the new sleepy lizard scientists.
Jun 19, 2020
A squirrel that glides like a magic carpet in the Himalayas [UPDATE]
Gliding over a glacier in the Himalayas is a metre long squirrel with a smallish head, silky fur and a fluffy tail - but it's hardly ever been seen alive. Originally aired in 2017, we've got an update on the squirrel story!
Jun 12, 2020
All aboard Australia's super science ship [RE-ISSUE]
It's as if this ship has invisible cat's whiskers extending off her hull - pricked and at the ready, they sense the weather and temperature and map the course ahead.
Jun 5, 2020
It was a mulga snake that got him
If you get bitten by a snake in the middle of the bush don't do what this bloke did
Jun 4, 2020
[NATURE TRACK] Water Flow
No music, no voices, just the sound of a stream and frogs calling on a still, cool night in regional Victoria.
2 hr 58 min
Jun 3, 2020
[NATURE TRACK] Shore Sounds
No music, no voices, just the sound of the Roebuck Bay mudflats near Broome, WA. Hear breeze across the water, crabs and mudskippers flipping and flopping, and a tide that slowly comes in.
2 hr 30 min
Jun 2, 2020
[NATURE TRACK] Forest Songs
No music, no voices, just the sing of the forest coming to life early one morning near Canberra.
Jun 1, 2020
[NATURE TRACK] Mountain Music
No music, no voices, just the sound of a valley halfway up a Tasmanian Mountain. This soundscape is full of birds and breeze echoing backwards and forwards across a reservoir.
1 hr 30 min
May 31, 2020
Off Track presents Nature Track
Right now, more than ever, it’s important to stay in touch with nature.
1 hr 2 min
May 29, 2020
How to be a bat
Is it ok to squabble over watermelon?
May 22, 2020
Western whips and a ruff duet [Earworms from Planet Earth xiii]
Right now, finding joy in nature is just the ticket.
May 15, 2020
The perfect little rock
A piece of pumice floats across the ocean like a school bus picking up young organisms – tiny planktonic corals, some barnacles, maybe a crab, an oyster, perhaps a nudibranch.
May 8, 2020
Barking gecko, boop-ing emu
Every evening at homes in Northern Australia, a tiny yip yip yip can be heard. And, on the other end of the spectrum, a boop boop boop can be heard in more arid zones. This week is a adventure into the big and small sounds of Australia.
May 1, 2020
The banteng paradox
Banteng are an introduced species in Arnhem Land, but in their home range, they are in danger of complete extinction. So, what to do?
Apr 30, 2020
PREVIEW RN Presents — Hot Mess: Why haven’t we fixed climate change?
If you are here in the Off Track feed, then, we're thinking you're probably a person who is engaged with the natural world. So, it follows that you might be interested in this series from RN Presenter Richard Aedy called 'Hot Mess.'
Apr 24, 2020
Whip it good [Earworms from Planet Earth xii]
Whipbirds are a favourite in the Aussie bush – secretive little fellows with flat top haircuts and a cutting call. This episode is chokka-block full of whippy (and other) recordings sent in from the audience members of Off Track.
Apr 17, 2020
Echidna indigestion and other eating tails [Re-issue]
It’s a bat eat mouse, lizard eat possum, wallaby eat bird world out there. Animals are always eating weird stuff.
Apr 10, 2020
Magical and misunderstood sea snakes [Re-issue]
These curious coral reef inhabitants have evolved some remarkable adaptations to thrive in the underwater realm.
Apr 3, 2020
When Jamie fell in love with the mountains [Re-issue]
Distinguished Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick has been crawling across lawns for more than 70 years, it's just that this one is on the top of a mountain and is full of plants from the cretaceous.
Mar 27, 2020
Intimate aliens [Re-issue]
Robert Adlard says that parasites are intimate aliens, and that our dislike for them stems from their ability to surprise us with their closeness.
Mar 20, 2020
Hobart Airport lets sleeping echidnas lie [Re-issue]
Despite all the noise of planes coming and going, the echidnas at Hobart airport are digging in to hibernate.
Mar 13, 2020
Understanding the power of seagrass in a research laboratory 18m under the sea.
Mar 6, 2020
Flora fatale, the plants with a thirst for blood [Re-issue]
With an aggressive mass-murder-then-compost strategy, these tiny plants are the most heinous of herbs.
Feb 28, 2020
Ravenous star-shaped mouths
Sea urchins are making a meal of south-eastern Australia’s rocky reefs and kelp forests. Can they be stopped?
Feb 21, 2020
Sea urchin solo in a coral reef choir [re-issue]
Under the sea it isn’t all relaxing whale noise. The sound of the reef creatures is actually more like a percussive static with some grinding teeth on rock thrown in.
Feb 14, 2020
And your bug can sing
The underwater sounds in this creek near Brisbane are like an eclectic jam session. There are sweet beetles (that sing), lonely bugs (on percussion), fishy grunters (think Jay-Z) and a punk-rocking rakali that just trashes the joint. This musical soundscape is the PhD homeland of eco-acoustician Emilia Decker.
Feb 7, 2020
Grandmother tree, the fire and me
Vanessa thought 'it's ok, the people are safe... It's ok, the house is safe...' But nothing prepared her for returning home.
Jan 31, 2020
Yackandandah's angel of the bush [UPDATE]
Glenda Elliott can't say no to an animal in need - she wants to save them all. A few years back when fire ripped through Kangaloola Wildlife Shelter, she and the animals hid in a mineshaft. This show aired in 2018 and we've been back in touch with Glenda for an update following the bushfires of 2019-20.
Jan 24, 2020
The burning bush is talking
Just before the fire hit, the trees' leaves turned red and fell to the ground, and it left Adrian wondering - did they know they were just about to burn?
Jan 17, 2020
The bilby, the moon and the Birriliburu Rangers
A bilby dreaming story guides a mother with a sick child to an outback town. Decades later, the child returns to repay the favour and look after the bilby. For RN Summer we're bringing you Off Track highlights from 2019.
Jan 10, 2020
Where giants nest
Albatross expert Dr Jaimie Cleeland listens to the gurgles and bellows of albatross as they nest on a tiny Atlantic island called Gough. For RN Summer we're bringing you Off Track highlights from 2019.
Jan 3, 2020
Gone fish — pygmy perch pushed too far
The tiny Yarra pygmy perch has been pushed to extinction in the Murray Darling Basin. Now, all hopes for its return are focussed on a couple of farm dams. For RN Summer we're bringing you Off Track highlights from 2019.
Dec 27, 2019
Cockies wheelie love bin day
Sulphur-crested cockatoos are opening wheelie bins and turning trash into treasure. For RN Summer we're bringing you Off Track highlights from 2019.
Dec 20, 2019
Barbara York Main — Australia's spider woman
She studied the world's oldest spider and championed their home at a time when both the environment and women were given no fighting chance — Dr Barbara Anne York Main OAM. For RN Summer we're bringing you Off Track highlights from 2019.
Dec 13, 2019
Earworms from planet earth XI
Birds sing at a mining camp, cicadas grind the gears of locals and mysterious sounds are identified. Listen to the sounds of Australia as recorded by the Off Track audience.
Dec 6, 2019
This is Mark
This is Mark: a life-size, custom-made inflatable whale. And he needs to be saved.
Nov 29, 2019
Virtual reality, second nature
Off Track presents the new ABC podcast 'GOOD GAME: how games play us' attempting to answer a BIG question: There's nothing like taking a walk out and about in nature — or is there?
Nov 22, 2019
Trapped in the dry
What happens to the animals of the Kimberley when the big wet just doesn't arrive?
Nov 15, 2019
Over the course of the week, three pairs of shoes bite the dust, soles detached from uppers in the 45 degree heat, one microphone's glue melts and there are about a billion bush flies drinking from sweaty backs. But despite the heat, Karajarri country has a draw towards it stronger than the pull of the sun.
Nov 8, 2019
Amphibian hullabaloo and other frog noises
Frogs don't just croak, they moan and groan, sing, whine, whizz and sound like dripping taps and this is an episode of pure adoration for the calls of Australia's frogs.
Nov 1, 2019
Big cats in the bush [RE-ISSUE]
Rumours of pumas and leopards roaming the Australian bush have been around for more than a century. There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence but to date no definitive proof. Join in the search for a mythical cat in this re-issue of a classic Off Track.
Oct 25, 2019
Tiny crayfish out of water
It's only as big as a tea bag, plays dead if you pick it up, and landowners don't even know they have an endangered animal in their backyard.
Oct 18, 2019
The unlikely tale of the Murchison meteorite
It startled the cows, intrigued the locals and excited scientists around the world. Fifty years on, the Murchison meteorite still defines a town and yields new discoveries every year.
Oct 14, 2019
Off Track family news
The Off Track family is growing and we want you to know about it. Meet our little sister podcast - Noisy by Nature.