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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 …

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 …

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 …

An ogre came to my door

| garden, nature

By Jonathon Howard I came across a spider the other day. It was crawling across the flyscreen that covers my back door. My guess is that it was looking for somewhere to escape the dry. I recognised instantly as a spider belonging to the family Deinopidae, distinctive for its long stick-like body, spindly legs, and …

A Helping Hand for Thirsty Wildlife

| At home, garden, nature

By Di Pritchard As I opened my eyes to a warm 6am temperature last week, I noticed something splashing about in the water bowl in the garden near my bedroom window. Something was struggling to get out of the slippery sides of the half-full bowl. Thinking it was a trapped honeyeater from the grevillea above, …

After the Rain

| garden, nature

By Alan Hewett Everyone knows how dry it’s been in recent months and how desperate we are for rain. When it eventually does rain how do we go about harvesting the millions of litres of free water? Most of it will be channelled into our stormwater system, but what a waste of a natural resource. …

Interpretation

| community, garden, health, nature

By Anne Stelling, Facilitator, Wodonga Urban Landcare Network The question common to people in Landcare is how to get people to care about our environment. How can we get our message heard, and more importantly, make the hearer care enough to make a change? How can we share our passion in a way that ignites others? It …

Wodonga Middle Years College sustainable gardening tour

| community, food, garden, health

By Helena Foster, School Community Gardener, Wodonga Middle Years College Felltimber Campus Back in the 70’s I read a memorable article in Grass Roots magazine by the late Neil Douglas, Australian artist, environmentalist and advocate for sustainable living, where he stressed the need for schools to run gardening as part of every child’s education. Prophetically, …

Words About Birds

| At home, garden, nature

By Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability Network If you are as lucky as I am, you can sit in your garden and hear twenty or more different native bird calls. Luckier still, and you may catch sight of them. Several species of Honeyeaters and an Eastern Spinebill are enjoying the camellias and japonicas. Currawongs craftily teach their …