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- Anyone for a dawn walk? 20 March, 2023
- Down…then up! 20 March, 2023
- First 2023 FOBIF: Columbine Creek and back 13 March, 2023
- Working on the railway (1) : alternatives 13 March, 2023
- Working on the railway (2): what is ‘cultural burning’? 13 March, 2023
Responding to Country Greeting Cards
Responding to Country
Twenty Bushwalks in the Mount Alexander Region
Native Peas of the region book
Wattles of the region book
Eucalypts of the region book
Mosses of Dry Forest book
Geology Excursion with Clive Willman
Acknowledgement of Country
Friends of the Box Ironbark Forests would like to acknowledge the elders of the Dja Dja Wurrung community and their forebears as the traditional owners of Country in the Mount Alexander Region. We recognise that the Dja Dja Wurrung people have been custodians of this land for many centuries and have performed age old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal on their land. We acknowledge their living culture and their unique role in the life of this region.
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New Tracks 2: missed opportunities?
There are some disappointing features in these notes, probably typical of heritage discourse generally. A few examples: –The Quartz Hill walk notes describe puddling wheels, but somehow forget to point out that these were seriously polluting. Captain Bull tried unsuccessfully … Continue reading
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FOBIF turns 25
This is Bernard Slattery’s contribution to the FOBIF turns 25 show. Disaster chic Bushland reserves are often blocks of land left over after being thoroughly thrashed: having been exploited to the hilt, they’re rather flatteringly named ‘reserves’ and left to … Continue reading
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Fuel breaks: the story so far
Local enviro groups have been briefed on the progress of Strategic Fuel Breaks in the region. As with most things to do with fire and biodiversity management, the picture so far is patchy and its final effects hard to assess. … Continue reading
What do we know, and where does it lead us?
On the subject of monitoring (see above), how do you decide whether to continue with a project you’ve been working on? Well, you probably check to see how successful you’ve been with your approach so far. On this, we offer … Continue reading
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To many people, it’s seemed like a wait of a million years. Now it’s over: Leon Costermans’s long awaited geology book is now available. Directed at anyone interested in our environment, the book is geologically accurate and written in accessible … Continue reading
Houses, people, nature
In case you missed it: the Mount Alexander Shire is doing a housing and neighbourhood character study for the townships of Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton. It’s looking for your input. The date for submissions is Sunday November 6. You can … Continue reading
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Grevillea obtecta talk and walk cancelled
Castlemaine Field Naturalists have informed us that the planned Grevillea obtecta talk and investigation walk planned for tonight and tomorrow have unfortunately had to be cancelled. Readers looking around them will not be surprised to find that the reason for … Continue reading
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The way things used to be?
Here’s a good reason to make it into the Bendigo CBD: go to the library! OK, there are libraries elsewhere in the region, but the one in the CBD has a trump card right now. It’s an aquarium, more than … Continue reading
It’s unique, it’s rare, it’s in our backyard: like to learn more about it?
The locally endemic Fryerstown Grevillea (Grevillea obtecta). is common in small areas of our region, but it’s not widespread and is subject to threats. This week the Castlemaine Field Naturalists are running two sessions encouraging citizens to participate in programs … Continue reading
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The importance of ‘invisible’ things
A strong turnout at FOBIF’s AGM last Monday heard a tantalising talk and photo presentation by Patrick Kavanagh on things you can see through macro photography. The spectacular images of tiny creatures inhabiting our flora—and each other—underlined the importance to … Continue reading
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