Off Track - Full program podcast

Off Track - Full program podcast


Complete episode: Venture Off Track as ABC Radio National heads outside. Off Track speaks for places beyond policy and politics: environments loved and lived in.


Flying for your life: Birds without borders  

The migratory birds have flown about 10,000kms all the way to the arctic for food, sex and to hatch the next generation of flying machines.

Flying for your life: An unlikely saviour  

On the shorelines of the Yellow Sea, eight million shorebirds are probing the sediment for food but their bellies are empty. Could their epic migration end right here on this barren mudflat?

Flying for your life: China's new great wall  

Australia's migratory shorebirds have just flown 5,000 kilometres northward to stopover in the Yellow Sea. What will they find when they arrive?

Flying for your life: The journey begins  

Millions of shorebirds fly between Australasia and the Arctic every year. They navigate over oceans using stars and magnetic fields, they sleep with half their brain at a time while they're on the wing. But for some of them, this will be the last flight.

Halfway and home  

If you like Off Track, then you're going to love this new podcast, The Real Thing. Two mates travel the length and width of the country looking for the stories of REAL Australia, and in this episode, Mike and Tim travel to Tarcutta, a place of deep significance to the Australian trucking community.

Picking snottygobble from emu poo  

There's a problem. The seeds won't germinate and the plant is endangered. Could the answer lie in a heady mix of gauze gift bags, heat torture, forced smoke inhalation and emu digestive juices? This is a repeat episode from the Off Track archives.

Eat poo, have sex and die happy as a beetle in dung  

Living out almost their entire life within cow pats, dung beetles are the unlikely heroes of both biological control AND Australian barbecues. This is a repeat episode from the Off Track archives.

How to hand mine rare Tasmanian Sapphires  

Dressed like an abalone diver in a rainforest ravine, the search for Tasmanian sapphire involves a lolly-scoop, a crow bar and physical endurance beyond the norm. This is a repeat episode from the Off Track archives.

Dining with Killer Whales  

The water turns red and smells of fish. It's the blood of the prey of a pod of Orcas. This is a repeat episode from the Off Track archives.

In the cockpit for one of the planet's biggest wildlife surveys  

For more than three decades, this man has spent hundreds of hours each year with his forehead pressed to a plane window counting birds. It's one of the longest running and largest wildlife surveys on the planet.

If I could talk to the animals  

Every day, tiny brightly coloured birds are offering a critique of environmental management, if only we could understand what they were saying.

In the shadow of the caterpillars  

This program has been selected from the rich archives of Off Track for your listening pleasure.

The strange case of the peppered tree frog  

Jodi Rowley is a frog detective from the Australian Museum and she’s sewing together a patchwork of clues to try and find the peppered tree frog in the New England Tablelands.

The colourful life of the Australian Magpie  

We love them, we fear them and we probably don’t know as much about the Australian Magpie as we should, considering their range covers most of the continent and they live out their life in our front yards.

The happiest animal in the world  

The internet thinks that Quokkas are the happiest animals in the world, but what's the real life of a quokka like?

Navigation by smell  

Seabirds rely on their nostrils to guide them across the world’s oceans for years at a time. 

Skimming across the earth's anaemic oceans  

An ocean that is starved of iron is like a garden without fertiliser: there will be no photosynthesis and no phytoplankton blooms. And whether phytoplankton blooms or not could have an impact on the earth's future.

All aboard Australia's super science ship  

This is the RV Investigator, the newest of Australia’s national scientific vessels, built in a Singapore Shipyard and worth $120 million. What's it like on board?

Conservation and the act of the kill  

‘I'd much rather be growing things than killing things,’ says Geoff Williams on the eve of a deer hunt. ‘I'd love to come down here and just walk around in the scrub, but I spend too many hours chasing these other bloody animals.’

Saving Victoria's endangered orchids  

Ten years in the making, today is the day that 100 rare orchids will be planted into a rabbit proof enclosure, locked down inside cages. They're delicate and they are disingenuous when it comes to reproduction. Ladies and gentlemen: the Yellow-lip Spider-orchid.

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