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How old can trees grow?

| nature

By Alan Hewett What is the single oldest living thing on Earth? Until recently it was a Great Basin bristlecone pine in California called, appropriately, Methuselah. It’s age? 4,853 years old. Amazing as that sounds a tree recently discovered in Chile called Gran Abuelo (great-grandfather), is estimated to be 5,484 years old. This tree is …

Frog habitat matters

| garden, nature

By Anne Stelling, Parklands Albury Wodonga It’s frog season and anyone walking in the parks will be well aware – in some places the evening chorus can be almost deafening! Hearing their combined calls, I find myself listening for one in particular – the big, intermittent ‘gulp’ call of the Eastern Banjo frog. I haven’t …

The Beauty of Bogong Moths

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By Alan Hewitt If you have driven along the Great River Road near Tintaldra or walked along the Yindymarra trail and the recently opened Crossing trail you will have seen the various sculptures celebrating the Bogong moth. But what was the importance of the moth to indigenous people? For millennia the Bogong moths travelled thousands …

The Wonders of Compost

| garden

By Chris McGorlick It’s little wonder to me that so many writers find success, fame or resonance when using their garden as muse or subject. Gardening is literally the act of coaxing life to flourish, so naturally it follows that it should also represent ‘fertile ground’ for euphemism and metaphor of human life. All the …

Recycling Renewables

| energy, waste

By Bruce Key – member of Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) One of the challenges of a modern society is how to dispose of waste.  A particular concern that people often draw to my attention is the massive amount of waste that will come from solar panels when they reach the end of their …

Become a Sloane’s Champion

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By Karen Retra, Wodonga Urban Landcare Network Have you heard of the Sloane’s froglet? It’s a tiny, local, endangered frog. They are around 2cm long and grey-olive in colour. Male frogs call to advertise to potential mates and to warn off other male frogs. Frog calls are distinctive, so hearing them is enough to identify the …

Water is Life

| energy, nature

By Olivia Brozecki As a first generation Australian, it took me an embarrassingly long time to realise my olive-skin is read as ‘white’ in every way that matters. I’ve never been refused a job due to the colour of my skin. I’ve never had someone grip their handbag tightly upon my approach. Etc. Up until …

Brumbies: Separating Fact from Fiction

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By Alan Hewett The plans of the Victorian government to proceed with shooting brumbies in the Alpine National Park has seen another outbreak of protest. Culling any animal species is an emotional issue, especially if they are native, but brumbies are an introduced species so why the outrage? In October 2000 the NSW Parks Service …

The beauty of trees

| Living Lightly

By Kirsten Coates On my nature strip stands a 160 year old tree. I often wonder what this tree has seen, who lives in it and what will become of it. As it is an English Oak tree, I know it has only been here since European settlement and I wonder what changes it has …

For better or worse …

| nature

By Jonathon Howard Can animals be married? According to the dictionary marriage is a ‘legally or formally recognized union of two people as partners in a personal relationship’. There is no such thing as ‘legal recognition’ for animals, but we can recognise when two individuals have close lifelong partnerships. Shingleback lizards (Tiliqua rugosa) sometimes referred to as …