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At one with nature?

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By Alan Hewett Living with nature can be both a pleasure and a challenge. At the moment in the very early hours we are waking up to the loud, repetitive and mournful cries of an Eastern Koel. This bird is a cuckoo from S.E. Asia that visits our shores to breed and deposit an egg …

Yellow-tufted honeyeater

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By Ian Davidson and Chris Tzaros – Wangaratta Landcare & Sustainability The Yellow-tufted Honeyeater is a visually striking bird. It has an olive-yellow head and broad black mask that extends from the base of its bill, over its eye to the sides of its neck. It looks more striking due to the elongated yellow feathers …

The hard problem of introduced species: rejecting the call to violence

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By Mike Fuery Every year our attention is drawn to the ongoing degradation of our wilderness ecosystems, and statements apportioning blame to the presence of ‘invasive,’ ‘feral’ or ‘pest’ animals. These pejorative terms do nothing to help us solve the underlying problem and conveniently side-step the reason for them being where they shouldn’t: our species …

What Has Biodiversity Ever Done For Us?

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By Lauriston Muirhead Biodiversity is the diversity of life found in an ecosystem.  The more biodiverse, the more balanced and resilient the ecosystem.  A diverse ecosystem is more resistant to shocks and will last longer. What has biodiversity ever done for us? Well for a start, it has provided nearly all the oxygen on the …

Garden Planning

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By Jenny Indian A friend of mine recently lamented that when she planned her garden she failed to take into account the importance of planting native vegetation to attract native birds.  Although she had planted some natives, her feeling was that she should have planted a total native garden. On reflection, I thought that was …

How old can trees grow?

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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

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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 …

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

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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 …