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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 …

Fox Depredation on our Wildlife

| nature

By Maureen Cooper, Wooragee Landcare Our First People, the Traditional Owners of our country, must have watched with horror at the Pandora’s Box that the European colonists loosed on their land with the introduction of foxes. I am sure that everyone in Victoria knows the cost to farmers from fox depredation but did you realise that …

Jawsome Encounters

| community, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga The media so often sensationalises negative shark-human encounters that the positive, heart-warming stories often go unheard. In fact 60% of all shark stories are portrayed in a negative light. This could be for a number of reasons, most likely the “jaws” mentality. The reality is that you have a higher …

Jobs and Growth – but for who?

| climate change, community, energy, nature

By Olivia Noto, StopAdani Albury-Wodonga With another election not far away and by-elections happening left, right and centre, one must wonder what tedious mantra the leaders of the nation will take any opportunity to repeat. Anyone’s trained pet bird would’ve surely echoed last election’s ‘jobs and growth’ catchphrase the Turnbull Government loved spinning like a broken …

30 Fast Facts

| community, food, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga Good morning ocean lovers and those who just enjoy learning something new every day! Today while you eat your breakfast and sip your coffee I am going to give you 30 fast facts, all relating to our oceans, enjoy! 90% of the global shark population has been destroyed The Great …

About Values … (and Glass)

| community, nature, waste

By Richard Paschke, Wangaratta If you are a Baby Boomer or older you may remember the times before recycling. Drinks came in bottles, bottles came in wooden crates, which went back into the crate when empty. Crates full of empty bottles were returned to the shop where you were given a refund or a deduction for …

Thinking of Shade

| At home, climate change, garden, nature

By Jenny Indian, Stanley Despite the fact that you may currently be languishing in winter sun and actively seeking out those sunny spots out of the wind, now is the time to really think about summer shade – the why’s, the where’s and the what species. Over winter barerooted tree stock is available – it is much …

What is the Shark Fin Trade?

| At home, community, food, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga By now you would have noticed all my articles have one common theme – the Shark Fin Trade. You may wonder what this trade actually is, why I care about ending it and what it means for the sharks. As I have no intention of silencing my voice against the …

Predation and Culling

| At home, food, garden, nature

By Alan Hewett, Chiltern  When we first moved onto out rural property we were plagued by Sparrows. They nested in the roof, were noisy, messy and hostile to the native birds. We tried various measures to get rid of them, including building a Sparrow trap which caught nary a one. Then, over a period of time they …

Why will the Basin plan always seem to be ‘flawed’

| climate change, community, nature

By Jonathon Howard, Albury The future of Murray Darling Basin is one of the most important environmental issues facing our Nation.  Yet a Plan for its future, which uses some of our best science, is often claimed to be flawed. Why is this so? Sustainability is not just about science, it is also about fairness and …