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The art of covid-19 travel

| nature, transport

By Chris McGorlick

As days get longer, wattle blooms, and the thought of spring teases amid the icy grips of winter, I start to feel the need to move. No, not star-jumps. Rather to bust out, throw off the old routine, seek adventure. Usually this would involve seeking a far-flung, distant, or exotic …

Reading group shines a light on alternatives for living

| climate change, community, energy, nature

By Lauren Salathiel

At 7.30pm every second Monday for the past 12 weeks, I’ve turned on my computer to “meet” digitally with a group of Yackandandah friends and neighbours for a reading group with a potentially world-changing difference.

Our group has been one of hundreds, nation-wide, to participate in a reading, discussion …

Restoring the river

| community, nature

By Anne Stelling, Parklands Albury Wodonga “River restoration” sounds like something beyond the power of ordinary people – something requiring engineers, heavy machinery and lots of money. But here in Albury Wodonga, a long-term community vision for restoration and reconnection of our Murray River corridor is quietly achieving just that, with volunteers, cooperation and community …

Fallen trees bring life to forest

| nature

By Alan Hewett ‘If a tree falls in a forest and no-one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?’ It is a famous philosophical thought but what role does that dead tree really play? We have heard a lot lately about the amount of debris in our forests. Often when walking in …

Malleefowl monitoring – good fun and good exercise

| nature

By Mick Webster Since retiring I’ve participated in many ‘citizen science’ programs all over the world – the best-organised and most satisfying to me has been the Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Program (VMRP). The Malleefowl is an amazing bird that inhabits our semi-arid scrublands from north-west Victoria and  western NSW to the Indian Ocean in Western …

Why the early blossoms?

| climate change, nature

By Lizette Salmon, Wodonga Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH) and Gardens for Wildlife Albury-Wodonga Project Officer We’ve long associated autumn with leaf fall and spring with blossoms, but this autumn you may have noticed something odd. Several locals spotted unseasonal flowers on pear and apple trees. In most cases it was just a few blossoms, …

I talk to the trees

| community, nature

By John Whale I met Wally early one morning while I was walking around Willow Park, after having moved down to Wodonga, just two and half years ago. I instantly recognised his foliage and we immediately formed a close personal bond because he too had recently moved down from the same region as I had, …

There’s something better than the old ‘normal’

| community, health, nature

By Chris McGorlick In times of crisis, governments of all persuasions are wont to encourage citizens to focus on the future and the response to the crisis, rather than the circumstances that led us there in the first place. The words ‘now is not the time’ have been used so frequently in response to shootings in America, and …

Frog chorus

| At home, garden, nature

By John Whale It was the hour before midnight, the moon shone brightly and some very welcome rain, which had been falling since I went to bed had finally stopped. From out of a rain drenched garden, I heard a distinctive voice calling out, or more precisely I should say, I heard a unique creature …

A garden stocktake

| garden, nature

By Sue Brunskill It may seem insensitive, indulgent or outright rude to talk about gardens when so many people have lost so much, however gardens are much more than a luxury. There is much written about the psychological value of gardens, but they are more important than ever for recovery of our wildlife, given the …