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A different Christmas?

| health, nature, waste

By Karen Bowley, WATCH and Wooragee Landcare member It is great that we can spend Christmas with family and/or friends again.  But does that mean your Christmas will be exactly the same as before COVID? Will we buy the same kinds of gifts and food for our festive feast?  I would like to think that will …

Fan-tailed cuckoo

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By Ian Davidson and Chris Tzaros – Wangaratta Landcare & Sustainability When winter moves to spring one of the birds that becomes increasingly visible locally is the Fan-tailed Cuckoo. This large slender cuckoo with its repeated, sad-sounding descending trill is one of the most distinctive sounds of the Australian bush. Adult Fan-tailed Cuckoo is easily …

Watching the river flow

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By Jonathon Howard The river is important to most of us. We use its water for drinking, washing, growing food, and even for recreation.  No wonder determining how we share this resource is a key environmental challenge for the basin community. The NSW Parliament is currently conducting hearings into Floodplain Harvesting. While ‘floodplain harvesting’ might …

Living a lie

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By Jonathon Howard It’s a dark moonless night and a male moth is out searching the neighbourhood. Although its dark, the moth does not need his eyes for this search. He uses his antenna. He picks up a scent. It’s a girl. He immediately turns towards the scent and flies towards it. The scent gets …

Bats – worth the bother

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 By Anne Stelling, Parklands Albury Wodonga The presence of bats tells much about the health of the environment. Where there are bats, there is bounty! Where there are microbats, there are plenty of insects. Microbats are primary predators of night-flying insects, using a sonar system of echolocation to navigate precisely and catch insects, all at …

Step lightly into Spring

| fitness, nature

By Hannah Coates It’s getting almost impossible to find a car park out the front of my workplace. I think it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Recently, I’ve had to park my car and walk the last kilometre to my office. It’s a mere sliver of time, almost lost in the day. …

Greening our suburbs

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By Jonathon Howard I have begun to wonder if property developers have the future of our region at heart. The economic incentive to reduce property setbacks and encourage gutter-to-gutter medium density housing appears to compromise our understanding of a traditional streetscape. Large, healthy street trees are one of the main differences between a suburb with …

Illegal wildlife trade

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By Alan Hewett Our native wildlife is under threat from land clearing, feral animals and of course climate change. But there is a further danger, the illegal wildlife trade. This trade is estimated to be worth $24 billion worldwide, making it a very profitable criminal enterprise. Australia’s native reptiles and birds are particularly in demand. …

Wild. Life.

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By Kirsten Coates Every morning, despite the season or the weather, groups of women come together at various locations around the world to go swimming. They swim in the oceans, the rivers, the lakes and the dams of the world in an act that many people consider crazy and is called “wild swimming”. There are …

The unacceptable impact of litter on platypus

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By Geoff Williams A research paper by Australian Platypus Conservancy biologists (recently published by Australian Mammalogy) has confirmed that platypus suffer horrific injuries and potentially die after becoming entangled in rubbish.  The study found that, on average, 4% of platypus encountered in live-trapping surveys in Greater Melbourne were found to be encircled by rubbish.  In …