Events – Friends of Mount Majura
Nov 132017
 

National Tree Day planting east of The Fair, Mt Majura nature reserve (Steve Bittinger)

See latest exciting news:  Significant finding at The Fair revegetation site

Come and give a hand watering the young National Tree Day plants at The Fair before the summer heat strikes. Most seedlings planted on National Tree Day in July are thriving and some of the Bulbine lilies planted by the Majura Mountain Scouts even bloom!

We need muscles to carry buckets with water and to carry out some mulching too. You can make a difference even if you have only half an hour to spare.

When: Sunday 19 November 2017, from 9am to 12noon;

Where: Meet nature park entrance intersection Tay Street and Ian Nicol Street, The Fair, North Watson; view this map

What: Watering plants, mulching and installing coir rolls to control erosion at the gully.

Wear and Bring: Long pants and sleeves, hat, enclosed shoes, sunscreen, drinking water and gloves if you have them; morning tea will be provided.

Inquires: secretary@majura.org or projects@majura.org

Sep 252017
 

Spotted Pardalote, Pardalotus punctatus (Harvey Perkins, COG).

Walk through the woodlands with bird enthusiast Peter Miller to spot, observe, listen to, and learn about the amazing variety of Mt Majura’s birds in Spring.

When: Sunday, 22 October 8am (sharp) – 10 am

Where: Meet at nature reserve entrance Tay St / Ian Nicol St, in The Fair, Watson (volunteer registration point on this map)

Enquiries: secretary@majura.org

Wear appropriate clothing for the weather, sturdy shoes, sun protection; 

Bring Gold Coin donation for a Mt Majura bird species list.

Recommended: Binoculars, a bird guide or app* if you have them. *See for instance Michael Morcombe & David Stewart apps for Android and Apple.

Bird walk poster for upload.

With over two hundred recorded species, Canberra and the surrounding region has the richest bird life of any Australian capital city. Roughly half – 112 species – have been recorded on Mt Majura.

If you have an interest in our feathered friends (and some foes) check out the website of the Canberra Ornithologists Group (COG) which has heaps of information on the distribution, seasonal occurrence and breeding of birds, brilliant photographs taken by COG members and even records of calls of several bird species.

 

 

 

Wildflower Walk (15/10/2017)

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Sep 252017
 

Scrambled Eggs, Goodenia pinnatifida  (W. Pix)

Explore the wildflowers that are blooming this season on a stroll with local ecologist Michael Doherty. Enjoy the beauty of the Mount Majura reserve, its grasses, trees, and views whilst you go and learn about the different species found in the grassy woodlands and open forest of Mt Majura.
When: Sunday, 15th October 2017, 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Where:
Meet at the Antill Street Nature Park entrance opposite Carotel, south of The Fair in North Watson, click on this map to view the meeting point.

Wear suitable clothing for the expected weather, and comfortable and appropriate footwear.
Bring sun protection, a camera and magnifying glass if you have them.

An updated plant species list of Mount Majura / Mount Ainslie will be available for a gold coin donation.

Enquiries:secretary@majura.org
Download this poster for promotion of the event.

Endangered Hoary Sunray, Leucochrysum albicans, northwest slope of Mt Majura (Photo W. Pix).

View Mount Majura’s Floriade. Visit FoMM Flickr galleries with pictures of flowering orchids, forbs, shrubs

Sep 252017
 

Pretty Hoary Sunrays open their flowers in the nature reserve east of The Fair (W.Pix)

Join the Friends of Mt Majura spring working party at the Fair.

When: Sunday 15 October 2017, from 9am to 12noon;

Where: Meet nature park entrance intersection Tay Street and Ian Nicol Street, The Fair, North Watson; view this map

What: Hand digging weeds, watering plants, (more) mulching and other maintenance jobs.

Wear and Bring: long pants and sleeves, hat, enclosed shoes, sunscreen, gloves – if you have them, and drinking water; morning tea provided.

Inquires: projects@majura.org

 

Sep 242017
 

Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie (left and centre) are significant places to the Ngunawal people (Photo: S. Bittinger).

Mt Ainslie Ngunawal Women’s cultural awareness walk led by Ngunawal custodian Karen Denny

This walk and talk will take place on Mt Ainslie and is aimed at providing cultural awareness training to women Parkcarers and Landcarers who care for Canberra Nature Park areas including Mt Majura, Mt Ainslie, Mt Painter, the Pinnacle, Red Hill, Black Mountain, Aranda/O’Connor Ridge, Stirling Park, and Capital Hill

When: Sunday 8 October, 1pm-3.30 pm

Where: Mt Ainslie; meet at Canning Street access to Mt Ainslie.

RSVP: Josie Barens 0402 913 131

Karen will discuss Ngunawal cultural sensitivities associated with a women’s cultural place and what to be aware and watch for when conducting Landcare and Parkcare activities.

Aboriginal people have lived in the Canberra region for at least 25.000 years. Numerous known sites indicate intensive occupation of the region including Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie and surrounding valleys and plains.

Mt Ainslie is part of the Ngunawal pathway that follows the watersheds and valleys associated with the Molonglo River, Ginninderra Creek, Sullivan’s Creek, Woolshed Creek, crossing the Molonglo River (Lake Burley Griffin) to link to the ridges and valleys associated with Yarralumla Creek and other minor creeks draining Red Hill and present-day Capital Hill.

 

Sep 242017
 

Practical Weed Monitor and Control Training Day for ParkCare
Parks and Conservation Service (PCS) will be running a weed monitor and control practice day for ParkCare members covering topics such as
·         the use of ArcGIS and Collector app to map weeds and rabbits and how to share recorded data with PCS
·         Plant / Weed identification
·         Personal Protective Equipment
·         Herbicide selection, mixing, transport, storage, cleanup; and
·         Herbicide application using different tools

When: Saturday 7 October, 9am to 4pm
Where: Stromlo Depot, 500 Cotter Road, Holder, click map
Bring: Your own lunch, sun protection, closed shoes, long sleeve and pants; tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
Numbers are limited! please RSVP by 4th October to Phil philip.selmes@act.gov.au Mob 0409 595 433 or to Alison CommunityPrograms@act.gov.au

Aug 152017
 

Aboriginal Axehead found on Mt Majura (W. Pix). Further info here

CHANGE: Unfortunately Ngunawal Elder Wally Bell will not be able to attend. The working party will go ahead. Sorry for this late notice. There will be a Mt Ainslie Ngunawal Women’s cultural awareness training led by Ngunawal custodian Karen Denny on Sunday 8 October;  further details and RSVP see below. 12. September 2017

Come along to a special working party at the National Tree Day planting area east of The Fair. Hear about the importance of Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie to the local Aboriginal people from Ngunawal Elder Wally Bell who will be joining our working party to demonstrate working with the environment in a culturally aware way, and will talk about the significance of the area for Aboriginals for thousands of years.

When: Sunday 17 September 2017, from 1pm to 4pm; Ngunawal Elder Wally Bell will be joining us at 2.30pm

Where: Meet nature park entrance intersection Tay Street and Ian Nicol Street, The Fair, North Watson; view this map

Bring: Sun protection, sturdy shoes, long sleeve and pants and garden gloves if you have them.Tools and afternoon tea will be provided.

Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie (left and centre) are significant places to the Ngunawal people (S. Bittinger).

 

Yam Daisy, Microseris lanceolata on Mt Majura (W. Pix). The tubers were stable food for Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal people have lived in the Canberra region for at least 25.000 years. Numerous known sites indicate intensive occupation of the region including  Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie and surrounding valleys and plains.

 

Sites containing  materials such as artefact scatters, ground axe heads and ceremonial stone arrangements indicate the importance of the mountains as a source of food, water and shelter to the Ngunawal peoples as well as cultural and spritual connections to the land.

 

Mt Ainslie Ngunawal Women’s cultural awareness training led by Ngunawal custodian Karen Denny.

The walk is aimed at providing cultural awareness training to women Parkcarers and Landcarers who care for areas along the ridges of Mt Painter and the Pinnacle; Aranda/O’Connor Ridge and Black Mountain; Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie; and Stirling Park, Capital Hill and Red Hill Ridge.

Date: Sunday 8 October

Time: 1pm-3.30 pm

Location: This walk and talk takes place on Mt Ainslie and will discuss Ngunawal cultural sensitivities associated with a women’s cultural place and what to be aware and watch for when conducting Landcare and Parkcare activities.

Meet at Canning Street access to Mt Ainslie.

Mt Ainslie is part of the Ngunawal pathway that follows the watersheds and valleys associated with the Molonglo River, Ginninderra Creek, Sullivan’s Creek, Woolshed Creek, crossing the Molonglo River (Lake Burley Griffin) to link to the ridges and valleys associated with Yarralumla Creek and other minor creeks draining Red Hill and present-day Capital Hill.

RSVP: Josie Barens 0402 913 131

 

Aug 012017
 

Caring for young plantings (S. Bittinger)

Join the Friends of Mount Majura working party at the planting area behind The Fair and give the seedlings planted on National Tree Day a head start for spring. Help direct seeding native grass, spreading wood chip mulch and placing debris of cut Cootamundra wattle around the plantings.

When: Sunday 20 August 2017, from 1pm to 4pm; come for an hour or more.

Where: meet nature park entrance intersection Tay Street and Ian Nicol Street, The Fair, North Watson

Bring: Sun protection, sturdy shoes, long sleeve and pants and garden gloves if you have them.

Tools and afternoon tea will be provided.

Enquiries: secretary@majura.org or 62477515

National Tree Day 2017 planting along eroding gully (S. Bittinger)

Jul 312017
 

Over 90 enthusiastic volunteers of all age cohorts turned up at nature reserve east of The Fair to plant local trees, shrubs and wildflowers at the Friends of Mt Majura 10th National Tree Day.

More than any words, these photographs and the time-lapse video taken by Steve Bittinger convincingly show that people had a great afternoon helping out.

A big thank you to all our volunteers for a very successful and enjoyable planting event!

In particular I like to thank

Peter O’Neill for digging the planting holes – very much appreciated;

Parks Service Raf Gobin for carting water;

Urban Service rangers for depositing piles of wood chip mulch;

Parks Service rangers Phil Selmes, Alison McLeod, Pat Harvey and Simon Stratford for giving their time providing fantastic support;

The helpers on site Jo Lynch, Jenni Marsh, Lynne Alexander, Lesely McGrane, Chris Paterson, Joseph Stapelton, Noel Brichall and Jochen Zeil who were there when needed, ensuring everything worked smoothly and no water was wasted;

Steve Bittinger for the brilliant photographs and time-lapse video and for sharing them on Flickr and YouTube;

Jean Chesson for catering and baking delicious muffins, thanks also to anonymous for the wonderful chocolate cup cakes which together with tons of Timtams were gone quickly;

Cindy Allen for putting up posters;

Barbara Inglis for the help with volunteer registration;

Leigh Cameron for coordinating the Majura Mountain Scouts;

Greening Australia volunteers and staff for raising and arranging the seedlings;

Molonglo Catchment Group for a grant to buy the plant seedlings and some tools;

And last not least, a big thank you to Shane Rattenbury, MLA for a great demonstration “how to plant” which was enjoyed by everyone.

Click here to view the species planted on Sunday. There were two distinct planting sites: Lilies and Everlastings planted at a Majura Mountain scouts dedicated grassy woodland site and a mix of local wattles species and native box thorn planted along a gully where volunteers carried out erosion control work over the past two years. In addition twenty eucalypts were planted in a widely scattered pattern at these two sites.

Silver wattles and other wattles were planted along the eroding gully (S.Bittinger)

Waltraud
Friends of Mt Majura, National Tree Day 2017 coordinator, 31 July 2017

Scouts planted Everlastings and Bulbine lilies (S. Bittinger)

Jul 242017
 

The joy of planting together (S. Bittinger)

Join the Friends of Mount Majura (FoMM) to celebrate National Tree Day 2017 on Sunday 30 July and help with the planting of local trees, shrubs and flowering ground-cover plants. Bring your friends and family and enjoy an afternoon of fun out in the bush.

Planting veteran Shane Rattenbury, MLA will be kicking off the event at 1pm with a demonstration on how to plant a tree.

This will be FoMM’s 5th National Tree Day community planting in the nature park behind (east of) “The Fair” and the 10th consecutive mass planting of trees, shrubs and wildflowers in the Mount Majura nature reserve on a National Tree Day.

The planting holes will be dug prior to the event and water delivered so all we need are volunteers to help with planting, watering and mulching the seedlings.

Shane Rattenbury will kick off the event with a demonstration on how to plant a tree (L. Barnsley)

When: Sunday 30 July 2017, from 1.00pm to 4.00pm; volunteer registration opens at 12.45pm;
Please come early for a demonstration on “How to plant”.
Where: Mount Majura nature reserve behind (east of) The Fair in North Watson; click on this map to view the planting area and volunteer registration point;

Warm up drinks and Timtams will be provided.
Access: park entrance intersection Tay St and Ian Nicol St close to the volunteer registration point or via nature park entrance Antill St roughly opposite Carotel for a 5-10 minutes walk to the planting site.
Car parking: along Antill Street opposite the nature park entrance; limited car parking space at The Fair and along Aspinall Street / Solstice.
What to wear: Garden gloves, appropriate clothing and foot wear, wrap up warmly.
What to bring: Bucket, trowel or small mattock if you have one.

Important: Please label your items with your phone number so that we can reunite any left-behinds with the owner.

What we will plant: List of species with photos

Enquiries: e-mail secretary@majura.org, phone 6247 7515

Contact number during event: 0435 357 172

Promote National Tree Day 2017 on Mount Majura: download this poster

Media Release

Click on this little pamphlet How to plant: 10 steps to help your seedling survive

A big thank you to the Molonglo Catchment Group  for providing funds from the 2017 Small Grants Program for FoMM to purchase tube stock from Greening Australia and equipment for this planting event!

National Tree Day 2016 planting at The Fair (S. Bittinger); see photographs of the 2016 planting spectacle here

National Tree Day is held annually by Planet Ark which runs the Australian wide project to encourage mass tree plantings and to communicate the merit of trees.