Ian Fraser is a naturalist, conservationist, author, ABC broadcaster, natural history tour guide, environmental consultant and adult educator who has lived and worked in Canberra since 1980. He was awarded the Australian Native Plants Society's Australian Plants Award in 2001 and the Australian Natural History Medallion in 2006, both for services to conservation and education. Peter Marsack is a freelance natural history artist and illustrator, based in Canberra since 1994. He was senior artist on the final three of the seven volumes of the Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds (HANZAB), and his original plates from the HANZAB volumes are now in the collection of the State Library of Victoria. He was a finalist in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize in 2003 and 2004, winning a watercolour prize in 2003.
"Fraser, a natural history tour guide and conservationist who has lived in Canberra since 1980, introduces the wildlife and plants of the various habitats of the Australian Capital Territory in this color-illustrated work celebrating the biodiversity of the region. The book is organized by the 12 months of the year. For each month, 10 brief stories give insight on various species of the region's three major habitat types: woodland grassy plains, coastland mountain forests, and alpine environment. The stories integrate information on human history and natural history of species; some stories are written from the point of view of a human observer and some from the perspective of the plant or animal. Each story includes a color illustration, sometimes a full page, by Marsack, a natural history artist and illustrator."-- (10/01/2011)