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Rewilding

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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

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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

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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 …

Clean Up options – we’re spoilt for choice!

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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

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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 …

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 …

Superb Fairy-wren – a truly superb bird

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By Ian Davidson and Chris Tzaros – Wangaratta Landcare & Sustainability One of the great delights of the natural world is to be able to observe wildlife in their natural state.  We are fortunate to be able to do so in this region, even in our gardens and parks. One of our most striking birds …

The secrets behind scientific names

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By Jonathon Howard Scientists don’t all wear white lab coats and have thick glasses like Professor Frink on the Simpsons. We have personalities, honour and respect our colleagues, and have a sense of humour like everyone else. If you don’t believe me – let’s look at how scientists name different plants and animals. Scientific names have …

Keep your eyes peeled for the Crested Shrike-tit

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By Ian Davidson and Chris Tzaros – Wangaratta Landcare & Sustainability With its distinctive Mohawk style crest, black-and-white striped face, and bright-yellow front, the Crested Shrike-tit should be easy to see. Yet, when feeding in the canopy of trees, they are often difficult to find — it is only the sound of them tearing off …