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Talking to the animals

| nature

By Jonathon Howard Doctor Doolittle was a hero in my younger years. His ability to talk to the animals was a gift I wish I had. Only when I got older did I realise that his song in the movie was actually right: we can all “grunt, squeak, and squawk with the animals and they …

Learning from each other is the best way

| community, nature

By Sue Brunskill, Wooragee Landcare On a perfect autumn afternoon recently, more than 40 people came together to share and learn about cultural burning on a property in Wooragee. This was the final scheduled burn on this current project but hopefully the practice will continue in this region. Cultural burning projects have been happening in …

Community web supporting environment

| health, nature

By Anne Stelling, Parklands Albury Wodonga Ever since the Albury Wodonga Corporation gifted environmental lands to the community in the 1990’s, local people have demonstrated the value of that gift. Individuals young and old, University and TAFE students seeking to apply their knowledge, school classes from pre-school to U3A, local businesses large and small and community …

A Dam Good Idea

| At home, garden, nature

By Jonathon Howard I’ve built a series of ‘leaky weirs’ on my property. A leaky weir is a structure designed to slow water flow, filter the water through the vegetation, and reconnect the water to the surrounding floodplain. People might be familiar with these structures if they have seen Peter Andrew’s ‘Natural Sequence Farming’ on …

It’s a Dog’s Life

| At home, nature

By Alan Hewett Since the Covid lockdowns and restrictions dog ownership has increased to such an extent that there is now a shortage of pooches and people are prepared to pay thousands for one. Dogs are loveable of course, (unless you have one next door barking incessantly.) For over eleven thousand years humankind has established …

Helping species movement as the climate changes

| climate change, nature

By Anne Stelling, Parklands Albury Wodonga By 2050, the climate in Albury-Wodonga is predicted to be more like that of Forbes in NSW, with fewer frosts and more heat waves, days of 40°C twice as common and heat waves lasting longer. We can expect intense storms in summer dumping more summer rainfall, but less rain in …

Can I suggest a worm farm…?

| food, garden, nature

By Jenny Indian A friend recently commented that she found autumn beautiful and yet a little depressing.  This stopped me in my tracks – as one prone to fret about heat and summer, autumn is simply the finest of times.  Not just the colour and light from those wonderful deciduous trees but the joy of …

Tapping the potential in our own back yards

| community, garden, nature

by Anne Stelling, Parklands Albury Wodonga Now seems a perfect time to take a fresh look at what we do in our everyday lives, to rethink our mindsets, to change our habits and routines. After all, we’ve all rolled with the punches throughout a pandemic as a matter of necessity and found that we can …

Something from Nothing

| garden, nature

By Kirsten Coates After months of deliberation and soul searching, we came to very sad decision last week. At the rear of our house stands an old pear tree, estimated to be at least 100 years old, gnarled, wizened and full of character. We have often mused at what that old pear tree has seen. …

Silver Banksia – a vital missing tree in our forests

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By Mick Webster The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) map shows only a sparse distribution of Banksia marginatas in North-East Victoria today – in fact in only about 30 known locations North of the Divide. And yet 150 years ago these were amongst the commonest trees in our forests – wherever you find a ‘Honeysuckle’ …