21 September 2016

Australian Wildlife Conservancy News

As this update reaches you, I am in the field at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary with one of the world's most eminent conservation biologists, Professor Thomas Lovejoy. Professor Lovejoy is the man who coined the term "biodiversity". His seminal work in the Amazon has helped shape the field of conservation biology.
Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary

As this update reaches you, I am in the field at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary with one of the world's most eminent conservation biologists, Professor Thomas Lovejoy. Professor Lovejoy is the man who coined the term "biodiversity". His seminal work in the Amazon has helped shape the field of conservation biology. Professor Lovejoy, a founding member of AWC's Science Advisory Network, is at Newhaven to see first-hand, our project to restore populations of 10 of Australia's most endangered mammals, as part of the planet's largest feral cat eradication.
Australia's largest non-government biological survey program
Northern Quoll
Northern Quoll caught during wildlife survey at Brooklyn Wildlife Sanctuary
Watch rare video footage of a Golden-backed Tree Rat being released at Artesian Range
Professor Lovejoy is a valued advisor to AWC's exceptional science team, which delivers the largest field ecology program of any non-government organisation in Australia. As you read this eNews, our field ecologists are delivering, or about to commence, the following biological surveys:
  • Brooklyn: Our annual ecological health assessment at Brooklyn is in progress. Highlights to date have been high capture rates of endangered Northern Quolls plus Yakka Skinks in the foothills, as well as captures of small mammals such as the Lakeland Downs Mouse in the Mitchell River valley.
  • Wongalara: Thousands of trap nights have just been completed at Wongalara, auditing the improvements in ecological health generated by the establishment of the largest feral herbivore free area on mainland Australia.
  • Kalamurina: Our team is en route to Kalamurina to survey one of the most remote locations in Australia. Accessible only by helicopter, our team will be trapping in unexplored country, north of Lake Eyre.
  • Pilliga: Later this month, AWC ecologists, working with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, will commence the first ever comprehensive survey of the Pilliga National Park and the adjoining Pilliga State Conservation Area.
Brush-tailed Phascogale File Snake
Camera trap image of a Brush-tailed Phascogale at Karakamia | File Snake, Pungalina-Seven Emu (2016)
  • Paruna: Black-flanked Rock-wallaby surveys are underway in the rugged terrain at Paruna, while camera trap surveys in the western portion of the property have confirmed significant Tammar Wallaby numbers.
  • Karakamia: Camera trapping in the last fortnight has captured several of our reintroduced Water Rats as well as the elusive Brush-tailed Phascogale.
  • Mt Gibson: Targeted trapping of the reintroduced Woylie population indicates a healthy and growing population - great news for this critically endangered mammal.
  • Mornington: Preparations are underway for the annual waterhole-based bird survey this month, focused on tracking populations of key species such as Gouldian Finches and other seed eating birds.
  • Faure Island: Preparations are underway for our Spring mammal trapping on this world heritage listed island, followed by the annual shorebird survey with Birdlife WA.
  • Piccaninny Plains: The annual survey of this extraordinary biological combination of Australia and New Guinea will commence in October... watch out for pictures of Cuscus, Palm Cockatoos and Black-footed Tree-rats.
AWC's level of investment in science is unique within our sector.
Thank you for your support, which is very important to the successful implementation of AWC's science and land management activity across Australia.

Yours sincerely
Atticus Fleming
Chief Executive
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Feral Herald Invasive Species News

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Hi Peter,

This month we have the usual selection of news and stories on new incursions, ants, islands and weeds.

Deer are back in the spotlight. A Victorian parliamentary inquiry seems more interested in helping the hunters than stopping feral deer, while in NSW the government is on the cusp of declaring deer a pest if it can stand up to the Shooters party. Contact your local MP or the NSW Premier if you get a chance.

Tickets are now available for my talk 'Into the Heart of Fire Ant Country' and our AGM in Melbourne on Wednesday 26 October. I'll be reporting back on my trip to the US where I discovered what it's like to live in a land infested by highly aggressive red fire ants.

Have a great read. If you like our work, don’t forget to donate.

Andrew Cox, CEO.


Yellow crazy ants, it's not over yet

A program to rid Australia of yellow crazy ants has been resuscitated with the injection of $10.5 million over the next three years, but it is not enough to secure Queensland's Wet Tropics World Heritage Area from this dangerous invasive pest.


Tropical fire ants are killing our island seabirds and turtles

Australia's Ashmore Reef is a sanctuary for migratory seabirds and green sea turtles, but a deadly predator has made it onto the island and is putting native wildlife at risk. Watch our frightening video.



Koster's curse - time is on our side

In Hawaii it has smothered everything in its path, but in Australia we still have time to stop Koster's curse, an invasive weed that has been labelled Australia's next lantana.


Will the green ant reign again?

While in Cairns recently we saw evidence that efforts are proving successful against yellow crazy ants, but the local community still needs all the help it can get to turn the tide on this highly invasive ant.


Pest and weed strategies let us down

Has the Australian Government given up on tackling weeds and feral animals? New draft strategies contain no actions and no new initiatives. They are devoid of substance.



Time running out to protect NSW from growing feral deer menace

Across most of Australia feral deer are recognised as an environmental threat and managed as a pest species, but in Victoria, NSW and Tasmania they continue to get special treatment, protected as a hunting resource.

In NSW that could change very soon.



Is Victoria getting serious about its deer problem?

This month we fronted up to a Victorian parliamentary committee looking at expanding recreational hunting across public land in Victoria.

Submissions to that inquiry have closed, but you can download ours from our website.



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20 September 2016

Landcare Tasmania Dirty Hands Newsletter

Landcare Tasmania

Dirty Hands Issue 3
September 2016

From the Executive Officer

Welcome to the third issue of The Dirty Hands - our free monthly newsletter for all Tasmanians involved or interested in community Landcare. The Dirty Hands is for EVERYONE. We are happy for you to distribute it far and wide and encourage anyone (and everyone) to sign up as a supporter of Tasmania's community Landcare movement.  And if you've received it from a thoughful friend then why not SIGN UP to get informed and involved.

Since our last issue there's been a bit of a changing of the guard at Landcare Tasmania.  Our Annual General Meeting on 9 September saw the departure of 4 members and the election of 4 new members. The new Committee has increased geographic coverage, particularly in north west Tasmania and the Tasman Peninsula. We're also breaking the mould a bit too, with 8 women in our total Committee of 13.  You can found out about our new Committee, old faces and new, HERE.

Spring is here (or at least trying to be) and once again many of our (not so) favourite weeds are starting to sprout and flower.  This is the time for getting your hands dirty to keep them under control, before they seed and set up again for next year.  You can get involved with this important work through the EVENTS CALENDAR or finding your LOCAL GROUP on our website. 

Or you can help fill the gap by setting up your own group.  Its simple and easy - just CONTACT US for advice and support to get you underway.
Rod Knight
Executive Officer

Dirty Hands photo of the month

You'll recall back in The Dirty Hands 1 in July we launched our monthly competition for the photo that best encompasses the spirit of Landcare.  Well we missed it in August, but are pleased to announce that the Rossarden Progress Association Landcare Group has won this month with their photo (below) of work on the major infestation of Scotch (English) Broom in the town.  We'll be sending a prize pack of David Hopkins greeting cards to Mary, Marlene, Greg and the crew to celebrate their efforts.

Remember you can send your exploits to win the photo of the month competition at any time.


Tasmanians in the National Landcare Awards

AuntyBrenda2_DSC8047cr.jpgThe National Landcare Conference and Awards will be getting underway pretty much as you receive this issue.  Tasmania is once again represented in all the national award categories, being automatically entered after winning our 2015 State awards.  Landcare Tasmania hopes all Dirty Hand Club members would be with us in wishing them the best of luck as they fly the flag for Landcare in our State.
Tasmanian Finalist for the National Landcare Awards in 2016
* Amanda Cole - Australian Government Individual Landcarer
* Holly Hansen - Australian Government Landcare Facilitator or Coordinator
* Robbie Tole - Australian Government Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices
* South East Regional Shorebird Alliance- Australian Government Partnerships with Landcare
* Port Esperance Coastcare - Coastcare Award
* Junior Landcare Team - Huon Valley Roamers
* Hannah Moloney - Manpower Young Landcare Leader
* weetapoona Aboriginal Corporation - Indigenous Land Corporation Land Management Award
* Tasman Landcare - Fairfax Media Landcare Community Group
You can still vote for the people's choice award for each category until 6pm Wednesday 21st Sept (tomorrow night). Follow the link and vote HERE

Working near waterways guide

No one wants to fall foul of the law, and Landcare is no exception.

A lot of Landcare work is done around waterways - weeding, revegetation, fencing, etc.  And in these areas the legal situation can sometimes be complex, for example just finding out who need you need permission from.

To keep Landcarers on the right side of the law, the Environmental Defenders Office has published a new legal guide on working near waterways.  It contains simple, easy to follow steps and checklists that will ensure your activities don't just maintain and improve our environment, but are also carried out in accordance with legal requirements.

You can access the EDO's Working Near Waterways guide HERE.

Friends of Maria Island

Friends of Maria Island (Wildcare Group)
The group developed from an initial involvement in the renovation of historic farm buildings, but was formalised in 2007 with the objective of broadening the scope towards sustaining the long term future of the island’s ecosystems as well as its cultural heritage. Both aspects complement each other and the group attracts individuals from around the state (and beyond), new members are welcome.
The greatest threat to the island’s ecosystems are Montpellier broom (Genista monspessulana) and Spanish Heath (Erica lusitanica); with the group’s main focus being to control these weeds with the long term goal of eradicating them. Parks and Wildlife provide guidance and assistance and the group has been successful with funding support through a number of channels including the Tasmanian Landcaring Grants and the Tasmanian Landcare Fund. The group has now reached the stage where to the casual observer these weeds are no longer evident. However, the seed-banks remain viable for many years and the work continues; four ‘working bees’ are organised each year, one happening this week. For more information contact Anne Booth on 63318342.
Image of group members, Parks and WIldlife staff and biocontrol consultant Richard Holloway discussing the presence of the Monpellier Broom psyllid on Maria.

Support Landcare to support Landcare

Landcare Tasmania provides a wide range of support services to our members - insurance, funding, resources, advice. We've been doing it since 1994, representing, supporting, strengthening and growing community Landcare. We are always looking for ways to do that better and to resource our work.

Red_Flowering_Gum.jpgThere are a number of  ways in which you can support us to do make a difference for the 3,300 volunteers working in community Landcare in Tasmania.
* Visit our ONLINE STORE to purchase from our range of greeting cards of Australian and Tasmania flora and fauna, generously donated by Tasmanian artist David Hopkins to support community Landcare.  These are a high quality product and the perfect way to show others you care about Landcare.
* Become a Landcare Tasmania member. Individual and group membership is available HERE.  It cost only $30.
* Make a tax deductible donation to the TASMANIAN LANDCARE FUND.  Since 2003 the TLF has been funding on ground Landcare work in Tasmania.  With your support we will be able to pass $500,000 next year.
* We are also open for business with business - flexible partnership and sponsorship arrangements are available to showcase your support.

Upcoming Landcare events (PS to dig up new events)

Is your activity not listed - CONTACT US

21–23 September – National Landcare Conference, Melbourne.

22 September - Tamar NRM, Low Head Penguin Habitat Tree Planting. Contact Tamar NRM 6323 3310

24 September - Tramway Hill Landcare Group, working bee, Margate.  Contact Roz Thurn on 6267 2244 or 0414 710 744

25 September - Birdlife Tasmania - Excursion Coningham Nature Reserve Contact Andrew on 0407 219 599

28 September - NRM North community Landcare Awards presentation, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston. Contact Melissa Lewarn 6333 7776

2 October - Waterworks Valley Landcare Group - Discover the Fascinating Array of Orchids Found in and Around the Waterworks Reserve. See How Our Tiny, Beautiful Flowers Have Responded to Recent Fuel Hazard Reduction Burns - Orchids Are Survivors! Contact Ruth Painter 0458 400 607

4 October - Wellington Park Bushcare Group - Spanish Heath Smash – Arresting the Spread of Spanish Heath at Goat Hills. Contact Peter Franklin 6228 4889

6 October - Friends of Knocklofty Bushcare Group - Roving Gorse Weeding. Contacvt Astrid Wright 6234 1580

8 October - Conservation Landholders Tasmania field day 'Safe and effective use of herbicides on conservation properties', Nabowla.  Contact Robin Garnett

5-6 November - Earth Ocean Network Expo, Bicheno.  Helping to celebrate and understand the challenges facing our oceans.  Click here to CONTACT EON.

Other events you might be interested in

18 October 2016 - 70th birthday celebration for Distinguished Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick. A day of formal and not-so formal presentations from past students and colleagues as they recount anecdotes of Jamie's influence on their careers in conservation and the management of the environment. For further information and to book a ticket (free) CLICK HERE

23-26 October 2016 - Australian Forest Growers biennial conference, Launceston. Its more than just growing trees commercially. Further information: http://www.afg.asn.au/

14-18 November 2016 - 11th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference, Melbourne. Further information: http://www.anpc.asn.au/conferences/2016

The Dirty Hands is Landcare Tasmania's free monthly newsletter about all things Landcare.
It is designed to inform, empower and encourage everyone in the Tasmania community to contribute to our vision for

Landcare Tas Support

09 September 2016


An Invitation
Come to sunny Western Australia......enjoy the beaches, the Fremantle doctor, fabulous sunsets and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean (sharks optional).

Your host will be Sue Rae, local resident and superior tour guide – do lots or do bugger all –it is up to you!
Any folk so inclined to travel west can contact Sue on 0429 520 511, at sistersmayhem@gmail.com or send a snail mail to 113 George Street, East Fremantle, 6158