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Rewilding

| nature

By Alan Hewett What is rewilding? It is a global trend that focuses on nature repairing and restoring itself. However, it also includes the re-introduction of species by humans into areas where they once flourished. Two recent examples have been put forward. There was a proposal to release Tasmanian Devils into Wilson’s Promontory National Park. Why? …

Gardens as habitat

| garden, nature

By David Thurley When we plant a garden we are usually thinking of a number of things.  Space for our children or grandchildren and pets to play, how to make our house look beautiful, the need for privacy and many other things.  But somewhere in there should be what can I plant to provide habitat …

Collecting firewood

| nature

By Anne Stelling, Parklands Albury Wodonga Last winter with so many people needing to keep warm while working from home, local environmental reserves took a beating from DIY firewood collectors, resulting in a large loss of valuable habitat. Now here we are again; winter is around the corner and people need a supply of good, dry …

Scanning for Platypus

| nature

By Geoff Williams, Australian Platypus Conservancy The platypus has a reputation for being shy and difficult to spot.  However, as the Director of the Australian Platypus Conservancy, I am quick to debunk this myth. I am also keen to get more people involved in an innovative program which uses ‘next generation’ citizen science to keep …

When less is much, much more

| energy, health, transport

By Chris McGorlick These holidays I had the great pleasure of baby-sitting 8 baby quails for a week. Tiny, fluffy and adorable, they would spend their days scrambling over each other, scratching, exploring or huddling together for warmth. Remove one from the group, however, and instantly they would start screeching distress. Clearly, they relied on …

Clean Up options – we’re spoilt for choice!

| nature, waste

By Anne Stelling, Parklands Albury Wodonga With the outdoors the place to be in these times, local parks, trails and waterways are feeling the increase in use. Unfortunately, Parklands Rangers and our Friends and Landcare volunteers have noticed more rubbish appearing in bush reserves and waterways. Common items are abandoned takeaway containers and bottles, fishing line, household garbage, …

Help to put Albury Wodonga’s natural environment on the map

| nature

By Sam Niedra, Executive Officer, Albury Conservation Company Want to know more about the wildlife living in your backyard, urban park or local nature reserve? Would you like to contribute sightings and share your knowledge to help build a photographic library of Albury Wodonga’s unique and precious wildlife? Interested in connecting with other locals who …

Not all Mining is the Same

| climate change

By Lauriston Muirhead, Wodonga Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH). Previously I have written about how mining and using fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) is comparable to mining and using asbestos.  Despite the jobs and wealth created, risks are so great that it is best to leave these products in the ground and use better, …

The times; are they changing?

| climate change

By Kirsten Coates What a difference a year makes. How many times in the last 12 months have you said, “this time last year……..” and finished the sentence feeling incredulous, sad and a little disorientated? Time, it seems has taken on different proportions and a different framework. This time last year I was attending the …

Birds of a Feather

| At home, garden, nature

By Jonathon Howard Some people confuse currawongs with magpies. Both birds are common to our gardens. Both birds are similar in size and are black and white in colour, however, there are significant differences. A keen ‘birdo’ will tell you the black and white colour extends to the top half of a magpie, while a …