I am a life long cultured nature person, living in cultural–natural ecosystems in the SE. and NE. of this continent, including many years living with first peoples, most of all in Boonwurrung–Woiwurrung, Birdhawal, Dharawal, Gadigal–Eora, Guringai, Yalanji, Yidinji, ... etc., Countries (Countries inclusive of their languages and peoples). 

I do cultural-natural ecosystems regeneration facilitation, life–work since more than thirty years ago (1988). 

A few fun, relevant, life memories examples: 

• Boonwurrung Country: in the sand-(stone)-belt (SE. of Melbourne) where I grew up, from the ages of kindergarten (aka preschool from 3 yo) to finishing primary school, included sharing mutual inclusion with the son of a 1950s–60s famous sportsman from the first people of Bourke, originally, in 1970s living then in Boonwurrung Country.

Initiating life awarenesses, including inter-cultural ups and downs experiences in sharing life with first peoples' lives, their overcoming European–invasion–colonisation caused struggles, and shared experiences regarding respective first Countries. Experiences that most other European–Australians in my biological family and most of my childhood, high school and Melb. adult life, European–Australian friends didn't have growing up.

Then expanding, life–long, experiences with first peoples' societies, cultures, languages, philosophies, ways, respect, resilience and more (awesome first peoples, from beyond Europe and many experiences shared, including with me, beyond European ethnocentrism). 

Even as our own biological family ancestry that I have systematic and/or documented knowledge of to date, does not include first peoples ancestors.

For example, mid. 1800s Donald Stewart male immigrant from Perthshire, Scotland to the SE of this continent mainland (later: Vic.) —one of our ancestors and his partner ... ...(?) in Au – and their subsequent generations of extended families until our generations today. 

Referring to all of my paternal ancestors in this continent – who were they all? (not only the males —we have only partial documented knowledge, of mostly the males?). 

And my mother's side (maternal) ancestors', who immigrated into here in Au from the mid. 1800s, mostly only males we have documentation about them coming from: Cornwall, Wales, Ireland, Languedoc France, etc., , also to the same region the SE of this continent mainland – yet we have also only partial documentation of our maternal female ancestors and where they're really from (?). 

• When five years old, joined the Black Rock junior field naturalists' club (Melb.), with my brother, sister and parents. 

• My family – brother, sister, parents and I, in the 1970s we went on a special family holiday in Yalanji Bubu (Country). 

Country, awesome!, including Marrdja ecosystems and Bama Bama (people), notably Kulki (Cape Trib., undegraded then) magnificent 'catherdral like' tall forest just in from the beach side and the just as awesome littoral forest (yet less tall), made a major impression on and inspiration for me at a young age.

 

Music, some current playlists from thousands of great music pieces I listen to.

 

Over the last thirty something years since teen age i have read more than ten thousand evidences' based, peer reviewed, scholarly literature publications, including: published articles, books, chapters, monographs and data science papers; 

most of all in ecology, applied ecology, ecosystems regeneration, ecological restoration, reconstruction and restoration ecology, landscapes and spatial ecology, functional traits classification systems, plants' and animals' evolutionary taxonomy, conservation biology, natural history (since 5yo), population genetics including plants–animals–microorganisms, conservation genetics viz. outbreeding, inbreeding, heterosis and introgression, etc., agricultural genuine sustainability science, ethnobotany, archaeobotany, palaeoecology, biogeography, anthropology, ethnography, archaeology, indigenous studies, feminist studies, 'whiteness' studies especially learned and affirmed enormous honesties listening to Aileen Moreton-Robinson, honest history, decolonisation and so on.

Currently reading these and some more books, with my own well informed and well read, compassionate and critical thinking: 

Career works include many parts such as eg :  

• professional roles in field ecology, field botany, ecosystems regeneration and restoration, working with first peoples since the early 90s in Melb., ecological and botanical surveys, mapping, monitoring, plants and seedlings identification including grasses, sedges and rushes (uncommon skills), extensive ecological (geo-)databases design, construction, use and management, herbarium specimens' collection, preparation, databasing and identification, GIS (all aspects see below), etc.; 

• practical getting hands dirty roles in pest plants removal and herbicide treatment, ecological and culturally informed burning, genuinely ecologically sustainable farming —soil depositing— and nursery propagating of indigenous plants' species, etc.;  

• professional roles (office based with p/t fieldwork data collection), in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and databases (DB) design, construction, use, analyses and syntheses, integration, management, training staff in, field data collection systems design and integration, high precision GPS organisation, integration and use, computer programming and coding, Apple Mac and iPhone–iPad OSs, MS Windows OS, Office, etc.. - specially skilled in professional best practices of ecological subject matter GISs-DBs.

The above professional career parts include roles I've had in Au: state, national and local governments, first peoples and others' community organisations, not for profits, companies and more. 

 

A quote I coined today (2021 Sept. 21), regarding any systematic thinking topic: 

"Ignorance based absence of evidence has nothing in common with a well attested evidence of an absence based on comprehensive survey results' real knowledge of the evidences of presences, uncertainties and absences". 

 

2021 Oct. 8: " Credentials do not comprise a religion, hence do not let anybody suffer from the fallacious delusions of credentialism ".  (~ism refers to ideology per se of any form).

In systematic thinking reality credentials just summarise an institution's snapshot in time assessment of an individual's academic practices within a small disciplinary subject, so long as the assessed person didn't cheat any of the assessments; 

which far too many people have told me, confiding that they have done and in my honesty I refused to do or to accept from other persons. 

Again, not a supremacist religion and in reality, not nearly as important as too many European ancestry ethnocentric, perverted and imperialistic people have pretended.

All of my photographs, videos, text and information © copyright Jason Stewart 1970–2023– all rights reserved 

(unless stated in a specific observation that some parts of it have come from an additional source as well as me, then copyright attribution to the source for that part).

 

I welcome requests for permission for use of these photographs so long as the requester clearly demonstrates ongoing respect, including does not take for granted that i would supply the photos and/or information requested; 

including for the original high resolution photographs which include full EXIF data,

including full date-time taken and for some my custom added EXIF data tags of species name(s) and phenology observations summary words.

Many (ca. 7,000+) of my photographs made, carefully, with a mere Canon IXUS 150; 

a handheld with a high quality lens for only a small camera, and includes the built in functionality of the optical zoom up to 8x, the macro focus (close-up), and with 16 megapixels.

Now, since pre–Christmas paid botanical survey and ecology work, I am using a new Canon IXUS 190 camera; 

(as the 150 lens was worn by so much use and accidental lens rubbing on trees' parts while macro photo taking at less than 10 mm from the part eg. flowers, stems' hairs, etc.).

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