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Winter wonders

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By Karen Retra, Wodonga Urban Landcare Network Winter has never been my favourite time of year. I ‘feel the cold’, as they say. The shorter daylight hours feel constrained compared to when they extend into the evening. Previously, my approach to winter was perhaps like animals that hibernate or avoid much activity in winter – …

Hollow firewood

| energy, nature

By Graham Parton In the winter months who doesn’t like a nice warm fire to warm the house up. Unfortunately, this may be something we should be giving up if we want to preserve native species such as koalas and gliders. The main driver for species extinctions in Australia is not climate change, or cats, …

Robin Hood

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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, …

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 …

­­­­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

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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 …

Platypus need our help

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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 …

Are mussels the champions of our rivers?

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By Jonathon Howard I think mussels should be given an award. Afterall, mussels are amazing biofilters, they play a crucial role in keeping rivers healthy, and are an important part of the food web of our inland fisheries. Yet mussels are dying in the thousands, each mass death event brings those endangered molluscs species closer …

Native plants take over a New Zealand exotic plantation

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By Mick Webster Locals may be interested in a citizen science conservation project undertaken by my brother near Christchurch in New Zealand. Next to his conservation covenanted bush block on the Banks Peninsula is a sizable plantation of exotic Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa). These trees were planted 30 years ago on extremely steep land and …