Since the Industrial Revolution, people have developed technologies which enhance our lives. While this progress embeds innovation and ingenuity, in many cases the results are of the 'crash or crash through' variety, relying on large resource inputs and with large waste impacts to operate.
In more recent times, an alternate emphasis has evolved and is resulting in further improvements which at the same time do not have these collateral negatives. The term biophyllia encapsulates this mindset.
It is the recognition that in nature there is no 'lost resource' nor 'waste'. Everything fits into the total system. What exits in one place becomes a beneficial input in another place. The focus however is not to simply mimic natural systems. Far more broadly the focus is, in seeking to achieve profit and benefit to ourselves, to do this through 'building smart' by adopting successful actions and resources already visible around us.
The Monarto South Malleefowl Sanctuary is a small part of that ethos. At first glance, malleefowl might be cute, but what good are they?
They are a litmus species that informs us about the health of the place where they prosper or not. They inform us about the health of the land, vegetation and the collective of animals there (including humans) and their future.
The evolution of the biological heat sensitive beak gives insights to how science might adapt those processes for measuring and testing in parallel with the traditional 'mercury in a tube' or its chip equivalent.
The camouflage integral to many native species, including the beige and black through to vivid parrot colours in this malleeform landscape gives insights as diverse as military needs and the beautification of degraded urban places.
All chemicals and medicines used for human benefit in the first place come from natural world origins. Securing biodiversity there now means that we continue to have access to that full palette of source materials into the future when we become smart enough to draw on this for outcomes we currently don't yet realise. Their long term adaptive success to harsh and limited resource circumstances and unique solutions to propagation alert us that malleefowl have more lessons of benefit to give to us which we are yet to tap into.