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Workshops for nature photographers

Alison Pouliot is running workshops and seminars on natural history photography covering various environmental themes this summer. 31 January 2018 – Snake Valley – The science and art of nature photography 9 February 2018 – Otway Ranges – A murder … Continue reading

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Local wetland needs your help

The Friends of Campbells Creek Landcare Group needs helpers to plant hundreds of plants into one of the only remaining creek-side wetlands left in our district. The group is holding a wetland information day and working bee this Sunday the … Continue reading

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Jaara history: a way to the future?

Indigenous history shouldn’t just be the archaeology of a society frozen in the past: it should open up ‘glorious’ prospects: of a time when indigenous people will be accepted as leaders in this community. This is the view expressed by … Continue reading

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New honour for Jaara elder Uncle Brien Nelson

At a ceremony in Melbourne last week senior Jaara elder Uncle Brien Nelson was included in the Victorian Aboriginal honour roll. For many years Uncle Brien has been one of this community’s most distinguished cultural leaders. In 2009 he was … Continue reading

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Is it all the way downhill from here?

Guess what? Long unburnt box ironbark environments are more likely to recover from drought stress than ones which have been recently burned! This is one of the findings of the ‘Either side of the Big Wet’ research project, the gloomy … Continue reading

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OK, we have some facts: what do we do with them?

A disappointing feature of the ARI gathering was the disconnect between the findings and any possible management implications. Several questions aiming to find a practical response to the research were batted away. It’s very obvious that there are in fact … Continue reading

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Frogs wanted

The photo below shows two out of the three ponds created in Victoria Gully Castlemaine, by the Victoria Gully group. The ponds are designed to take runoff from nearby streets, and are to be planted with rushes and tussock grasses … Continue reading

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FOBIF 2017 breakup

On Monday 11 December Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forest is having a BBQ at Bronwyn Silver’s place in Walmer. It starts at 6 pm and the address is 1036 Muckleford-Walmer Road, Walmer.  BYO *  food to share, including something for … Continue reading

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And on the subject of lerps, pardalotes and others…

While we’re on the subject of encouraging good bird habitat, readers may be interested in these two events: First, you can do your bit for the pardalote! Earth to pardalote is a workshop on how to create win-win gardens for people … Continue reading

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It costs a bit to be a beach basher

It seems there’s a niche market for whom there’s nothing quite so enticing as sitting in your $85,000 4WD on a remote beach somewhere, enjoying the sight of your own tyre marks and muttering ecstatically, ‘How pristine is that?’ It’s … Continue reading

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