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Robin Hood

| nature

By Ian Davidson and Chris Tzaros – Wangaratta Landcare & Sustainability Quite a few species of birds occurring throughout the north-east region feature conspicuous black and white plumage. This includes many common and familiar species such as the Willie Wagtail, Magpie-lark and of course the Australian Magpie, but one black and white species that is …

Forest bathing

| health, nature

By Jonathon Howard As we emerge from isolation during the Covid pandemic, now is a good time to exercise both your body and soul.  Something that might take your fancy is ‘Forest bathing”. The concept of forest bathing emerged in Japan in the 1980s as a physiological and psychological exercise called shinrin-yoku. Contrary to the name, …

The big switch

| climate change, energy

By Bruce Key, member of Wodonga Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH) Saul Griffith is an Australian inventor, entrepreneur, engineer and author of a number of books aimed at reducing emissions so that the earth remains liveable.  His most recent book is The Big Switch which describes the wonderful assets that Australia possesses and how to use …

An opportunity gone missing?

| food, nature, waste

By Jonathon Howard There is increasing interest in ‘regenerative’ agriculture. It is a system of farming that promotes a reduction in external inputs, such as chemicals and synthetic fertilisers, and focuses on ‘regenerating’ the natural assets on the farm. In doing so there is evidence to suggest the approach reduces peaks and troughs in farm …

Tribute to Philip Sutton

| climate change

By Lizette Salmon, Wodonga Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH) Philip Sutton may not be the household name that Greta Thunberg is, but the outpouring of tributes since his recent death are testament to his profound impact on the climate movement. For me it began when Philip co-authored ‘Climate Code Red’ with David Spratt. Published in …

­­­­Nature is close-by

| garden, nature

By Sue Brunskill I sit at my computer near a large glass window, looking out on a red salvia that has been flowering for many months. I have been seeing many interesting nature interactions – and we are supposed to look away from the computer regularly aren’t we! While I would much prefer being out …

The Satin Bowerbird

| nature

By Alan Hewett  Walking through our local parks we will often catch a glimpse of our native wildlife. However, on a recent a recent wet Saturday morning I was surprised to see a Satin Bowerbird. I watched for ten minutes as the glossy blue-black male hopped around accumulating various blue objects and twigs. Now this …

Tipping Points

| climate change

By Lauriston Muirhead If you think tipping points relate to the etiquette of how to politely pay a gratuity at a restaurant, then this may not be for you!  For the purpose of this article, the tipping points referred to here are in relation to climate change. The term usually describes what happens when a …

River Red Gum

| Living Lightly

By Ian Davidson and Chris Tzaros – Wangaratta Landcare & Sustainability The River Red Gum is the most significant and distinctive plant in our district where it dominates our waterway banks and wetlands. The trees usually range from 20–35 m high and taller. Locally, we are lucky to have many ancient trees that are 400 …

Platypus need our help

| nature

By Geoff Williams, Australian Platypus Conservancy A juvenile platypus typically emerges from its nesting burrow in mid-summer when it’s around 3-4 months old. They then face a steep learning curve if they are to survive, as their mothers will continue to provide milk for only a few weeks before they are left to fend for …