25 July 2017

Bush Heritage


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The Shy Feather Flower above is on our Kojonup Reserve (WA) in one of just 13 known populations left in the wild. For the first time in 20 years we carried out a cool-burn to revitalise these plants. Regeneration from soil-stored seed should be prolific next winter.

Box-patterned Gecko.

Pitfall trap surveys at Yourka in far north Queensland uncovered a wide variety of species, including 13 new records for the reserve. What this tiny Box-patterned Gecko lacked in size it made up for with reptillian attitude!

The Hansen Family arrive at Charles Darwin Reserve

William Hansen is our new Reserve Manager on Charles Darwin Reserve in Western Australia. Here he reflects on his first few months with Bush Heritage and family life on the reserve.

Clavaria zollingeri

One of the best things about bush walking in winter can be the bursts of colour provided by fungi. Our Liffey Valley reserves are open to the public & their wet forests are particularly fungi rich (a damp habitat is important in helping fungi absorb nutrients).

Keith Gooley and Peter Caulder in the Boolcoomatta workshop.

Volunteer Keith Gooley, with help from Peter Caulder, has designed and built a special cat trap system at Boolcoomatta. It uses a radio telemetry device to notify staff when activated. These have been recently upgraded and redeployed.

Nick Leseberg setting one of the many Song Meters on Pullen Pullen.

An interview with PhD student Nick Leseberg about his latest field trip to Pullen Pullen Reserve in Queensland and some of the great data he's collecting on Night Parrots.

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21 July 2017

City of Hobart Bushcare

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City of Hobart Bushcare Fortnightly News Update
Hi Bushcarers, 
There is a lot happening this month. It is National Tree Day on Sunday 30 July. We will be at the Derwent Foreshore rehabilitating coastal woodland by planting shrubs and trees propagated by the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. This is a great opportunity for volunteers from throughout Hobart to come together and lend a hand! Please bring your family, invite your neighbours and join us! Please also spread the word about our new activity for Spring - the Bushcare Walking Book Club, and Landcare Tasmania's MOB. Details about these activities and more below. We are also currently putting together our Spring program so if your group have any changes to make to your works program, please let us know.
In this icey weather, stay safe in the bush, and hope to see you at an activity soon! 
- Lisa Cawthen, Bushcare Coordinator 
Weed mapping with a Bushcare ipad, Daphne Laurel Eradication Project, Fern Tree Bushcare, June 2017
Bushcare Annual BBQ
The Bushcare Annual BBQ is fast approaching. Do you have any ideas for a venue or day? Would your group like to host it in your patch? Please let us know by emailing bushcare@hobartcity.com.au
Landcare Networking Event
If your group is a member of Landcare join the MOB - Member Outreach BBQ. This highly successful event is now coming to our area. It is  great opportunity for your group to get more involved with Landcare.
Landcare Tasmania Census
Landcare Tasmania is running a ‘Census’ to help understand more about the broad community of volunteers, members, supporters and stakeholders.
This Census is intended for all individuals with an interest in Landcare. These can be members and volunteers of a care group, or individuals, organisations and businesses in the broader community with an interest in Landcare and even professionals working in the Natural Resource Management sector.
The Census should take about 10 minutes to complete, but will vary depending on your area of interest and activity. To find out more and take the census visit - http://www.landcaretas.org.au/census2017
Weed Warning - Weeds of Southern Tasmania booklet in hardy copy - available now 
Hard copies of the latest edition of Weed Warning - Weeds of Southern Tasmania is available now from Bushcare. This is an excellent guide on how to identify and remove some of Southern Tasmania's nastiest environmental weeds. If your group would like some, please let us know, and we can arrange to bring some to an up and coming working bee.
Bandicoot Times - last call for articles and photos! 
This is your last call to submit articles and photos to the Spring edition of the Bandicoot Times. It is a great opportunity to share news, events and discoveries with the broader bushcare community. All articles and photos due by Sun 23 July. You can submit articles and photos to bushcare@hobartcity.com.au
Bushcare Walking Book Club
After discussions with a number of you over the last few months, we’re delighted to announce that we’re going to give the Bushcare Walking Book Club a burl!
For the most part, Bushcarers are an environmentally-savvy lot. But even the most educated environmental stewards among us can benefit from being exposed to new ideas, and to further deepening their understanding of a topic by discussing it with other people.
We’re hoping that our walking book club will provide some of these opportunities for our City of Hobart Bushcare community.
“How will this work?” I hear you ask. Well, we have some ideas, but would love to get your input on this.
Here are our initial thoughts:
Each month, a book will be chosen, initially by the Bushcare team but perhaps later by a convenor, or through discussion among group members. We could focus solely on non-fiction works with an environmental or natural focus (e.g.; Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe, Let the Land Speak by Jackie French, The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Nature by Tim Low etc.), or could also include works of fiction with strong environmental messages or where nature itself becomes a character (e.g.; Eucalyptus by Murray Bail, Clade by James Bradley, Death of a River Guide by Richard Flanagan).
The group will undertake monthly walks in reserves with active Bushcare groups to discuss the chosen text. This could also provide a good opportunity for groups to ‘host’ visitors, and show off their work sites (and of course, to introduce visitors to the best picnic spots!).
For the inaugural event, Bushcare will be providing the books for 12 people who commit to coming along to the first session. After that, we may look at establishing a book club with the support of the LINC (where people sign up for a set number of texts per year), or people might possibly just acquire books individually, for discussion each month.
The group will be held on Sunday afternoons, on the same weekend as the current Waterworks Valley working bees. I’ll be the coordinator for the time being, but would love it if some passionate peripatetic bookworm might like to step up into the role of convenor!
So – what do you think? Would you like to be involved? What should we be reading?
 If you are on Facebook, you can join the group and be part of the conversation here. Otherwise email us at bushcare@hobartcity.com.au
And if you have any books that you feel would make a good walking book club text, please do list them in the comments below. I’ll be looking through these to gauge what we might read in future, and will suggest a few myself over the coming days.
Yours in environmentally-themed bookish enthusiasm,
Nicole Gill
Bushcare Operations Supervisor and Word Nerd
The 2017 Landcare Awards recognise the tireless efforts of the many volunteers and community groups involved in delivering positive sustainability and biodiversity outcomes in our region. Tasmanian nominations close on September 15!
National Tree Day - 30 July, 10 am-1 pm. Rehabilitating the Derwent Foreshore. For more information visit the National Tree Day web site here.
The MOB - Sun 20 Aug, 10am - Landcare Tasmania Member Outreach BBQ. For more information visit - http://www.landcaretas.org.au/mob_hobart_and_eastern_shore
Gathering 2017  - The 2017 Tasmanian Landcare gathering will be held on Saturday 2 December. Its a great opportunity to meet local landcarers, see their work and celebrate the best ideas in Tasmanian Landcare  - http://www.landcaretas.org.au/gathering2017