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Solar hot water

| climate change, energy

By Matthew Charles-Jones, Totally Renewable Yackandandah How good is hot water? Hot running water blissfully punctuates our days, showers, baths and cleaning! In towns across the region, this acknowledgement is jumping to a new level.  Action is underway to reframe the way we generate hot water to; save money, reduce carbon emissions and likely even …

Fantastic fungi

| garden, nature

By Karen Bowley, Wooragee Landcare and Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health member I recently attended a workshop on Fungi organised by Wooragee Landcare.  It was given by Alison Pouliot who is not only an amazing photographer but an expert on fungi. In the workshop she helped us identify fungi and told us about how vital fungi …

Plant it and they will come

| garden, nature

By Lizette Salmon, Gardens for Wildlife Albury-Wodonga project officer How many Australian birds can you name? Twenty? Fifty? One hundred or more? If you’re at the lower end of the scale but interested in upping your bird ID, we have just the session for you. This Sunday, July 7, ecologist and bird enthusiast Dr Damian …

Wooragee Landcare marks 30 years

| community, nature

By Karen Bowley, Member of Wooragee Landcare and Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health Wooragee Landcare has been active in the community since 1989.  It was formed by local landholders with the aim to motivate and support landholders to engage in sustainable land management practices, improve the management of our natural environment and its resources for …

Act against litter with app

| community, nature, waste

By Richard Paschke Litter is everywhere. It moves with the wind and through our streams until it ends up in the oceans and becomes part of the global pollution that kills wildlife. Recently, a video went viral about a fisher using Mentos wrappers as bait. Two months ago, a dead baby whale beached in the …

Driving into the future in electric style

| community, energy, transport

By Andrew Baker With our energy mix shifting away from coal and fossil fuels, and new interest in electric vehicles (EVs), it seems almost inevitable that many of us will transition to the use of electric cars as sustainable transport options for the future. However, during conversations about electric cars there is usually a party …

Winged wonders at the bottom of the garden

| garden, nature

By Katherine Muirhead, Tabletop When we first moved to the “rural” suburbs 15 years ago, we planted hundreds of native shrubs including a variety of grevillea, callistemon and flowering eucalypts. Nearer the house we grew flowering plants, creepers, vines and buddleia to encourage birds, bees and butterflies. We had a blue-tongue lizard for many weeks …

Play your part for the platypus

| nature, waste

By Geoff Williams, Australian Platypus Conservancy Do you want to monitor local platypus numbers as part of a new citizen science project that seeks to conserve this very special mammal? The Australian Platypus Conservancy (APC) has developed standardised visual monitoring techniques during the past decade that very effectively track how platypus populations vary through time. …

Walking and talking about feral pests

| community, garden, nature

By Lizette Salmon, Gardens for Wildlife Albury-Wodonga Project Officer It’s very disappointing when you put a plant in the garden and it’s nibbled to the ground by rabbits. Or when your chooks are killed by a fox. Feral pests are a challenge for many of us living on the outskirts of town. But pity the poor …

Biodiversity flourishes in roadside reserves

| nature

By Jonathan Howard Roadside reserves are complex parcels of land, with a range of interests and issues at play. Often these reserves retain significant biodiversity, including those remnants of ecological communities that are not well represented in national parks or stock reserves. They also provide valuable corridors, especially when linked with other native vegetation remnants …