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State and Territory Emblem Series

State and Territory Emblem Series
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In this series I plan to go out and find the state and territory emblems of Australia and spend some time nature journaling them. I’ll take the nature journal observations and questions and follow up on them with some research and more detailed illustrations.

My adventures and findings will be published both as a detailed blog post and as a YouTube video. They will include observations of interest, links with Aboriginal Australian culture, investigating questions and both field sketching and illustration elements.

I welcome comments and discussion from people all over the world, including children, anyone with questions and experts in the field. I hope this will inspire you to go out and  nature journal too!

P.S. I have no idea how long this will take, especially with the ongoing pandemic. Where possible I would love to find these in the wild, but will also consider going to gardens and the zoo. The aim is to get out, spend time in nature, do some drawing and learn along the way!

Here are the floral, bird, mammal and marine emblems of the states and territories of Australia:

New South Wales

  • Waratah
  • Kookaburra
  • Platypus
  • Eastern blue groper

Queensland

  • Cooktown orchid
  • Brolga
  • Koala
  • Barrier Reef anemone fish

Western Australia

  • Red & green kangaroo paw
  • Black swan
  • Numbat
  • Whale shark

South Australia

  • Sturt’s desert pea
  • Piping shrike
  • Hairy-nosed wombat
  • Leafy seadragon

Victoria

  • Common pink heath
  • Helmeted honeyeater
  • Leadbeater possum
  • Weedy seadragon

Tasmania

  • Tasmanian blue gum
  • Yellow wattlebird
  • Tasmanian devil

Australian Capital Territory

  • Royal bluebell
  • Gang gang cockatoo
  • Brush tailed rock wallaby

Northern Territory

  • Sturt’s desert rose
  • Wedge-tailed eagle
  • Red kangaroo
Danger in the bush
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