Newsletters – Friends of Mount Majura
Jul 152017
 

Dear Friends,
Welcome to the July edition of the FoMM newsletter. Thanks again to everyone who voted for the location of the 25th ParkCare Anniversary bench on Mt Majura. See the photo below of the newly installed bench on Majura ridge (the old sheep camp) with Chris Lampert (left) and Phil Selmes, the rangers who installed the bench for us. Thanks guys! Check it out next time you are on the mountain.
Jo Lynch, FoMM Secretary

Working Party @ The Fair – Sunday 16 July 2017, 1pm to 4pm
Give our native plants a head start! Come and help us prepare for National Tree Day 2017. The plan is to mix water crystals with the soil at the bottom of the planting holes (they have been dug already) and back fill some soil to provide a good growth environment for the seedlings (root / soil contact is crucial). Give as little or as much time as you can. No previous experience required, just an interest in making a difference!
Where: Meet at The Fair, nature park access Tay St, North Watson.
Bring: Sun protection, long sleeves and pants; garden gloves if you have them. Tools and hot drinks will be provided.
Enquiries: Email or 6247 7515
Click here for more information and read about assisted regeneration of native diversity and planting at The Fair.


Blue Devil, (Eryngium ovinum) planted @ The Fair. This species is intolerant of heavy grazing when the young leaves appear in spring. (Photo: Waltraud Pix) 

National Tree Day 2017 – Planting on Mount Majura – 30 July 2017, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Join FoMM to celebrate National Tree Day 2017 and help with the planting of local trees, shrubs and flowering ground-cover plants! This will be our 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 Mt 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. Volunteer registration opens at 12.45pm. Please come early for a demonstration on “How to plant”. What we will plant: List of species with photos.
Where: Mount Majura nature reserve behind (east of) The Fair in North Watson. Access park entrance at the 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.
Enquiries: email or Ph. 6247 7515. Contact number during event: 0435 357 172
Download: How to plant: 10 steps to help your seedling survive
A big thank you to the Molonglo Catchment Group and EnviroAg for providing funds from the 2017 Small Grants Program for FoMM to purchase tube stock (from Greening Australia) and equipment for this planting event! Also, on Friday 14 July a group of 16 university students, school students and staff will come to the Fair to undertake 2 hours of erosion control works at the gully and spread more mulch before planting, which will further help the revegetation of the site!

The joy of planting together. (Photo: Steve Bittinger from National Tree Day 2016)

ParkCare Clothing survey
Alison McLeod, the Community Programs Coordinator, has put together this very quick (only two questions) survey to get an idea of which hats and jumpers you would like her to include in the next clothing order for ParkCare volunteers. Everyone has one vote for a hat and one vote for a green jumper. Download this PDF document to see what the different options look like, then click here to select your preferences!

Other news and events:

Fringe Forum: Grassland Habitat Research – Thursday 13 July 2017, 5-6pm
Come and listen to Brett Howland- research and monitoring officer as he shares the latest information on kangaroos, biodiversity and grassland habitats. Ground Floor Function Room- Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street Dickson. RSVP: Alison McLeod (Community Programs Coordinator).

2017 ParkCare/ Landcare Forum survey
Parks and Conservation Service will be delivering another ParkCare/Landcare Forum later in 2017 and they’d love your input. To collate your ideas and deliver a forum which is designed for the volunteer community, complete this survey and tell them what you want! The results (along with feedback from the last forum) will be taken to the committee which will be tasked with delivering the 2017 Forum. There is also an opportunity in the survey to register your interest in joining the committee.

Native Bee and Pollinator Workshop – Friday 28 July, 9am – 3pm
Are you interested in learning about native bees and pollinators? Learn about their importance, how to support native bee populations and build bee hotels. To be held at Riverside Oval Clubhouse, 14-20 Carinya St, Queanbeyan. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

19th NSW Weeds Conference 2017 – Armidale, 16 – 19 October 2017
Registrations are now open! More than $1,200 worth of prizes to win when you register. With the introduction of the new  Biosecurity Act 2015 and proposed Regulation in 2016 that  provides a framework for the prevention, elimination and minimisation of biosecurity risks posed by pests, diseases, weeds and contaminants to the economy, environment and communities of NSW, coupled with the Invasive Species Plan 2015- 2022 objectives, there has never been a more important time for weed professionals to be able to meet the challenges of the practical implementation of these changes within the industry. Our theme of ‘Experience the highs – working smarter together’ looks to build on the successes of the past whilst looking to the future as we transition into this new era in weed management and control, an approach that must be based on regional cooperation as well as providing a common focus for the actions of the numerous land managers across all tenures. With this in mind Session themes will broadly revolve around Biosecurity in Action; Technology & Innovation; Community, Extension & Social Marketing; Collaboration & Case Studies with a special feature being the Open Debate. Read more and register here.

2017 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference – Albury, 25 – 27 October 2017
The 2017 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference will be held at the Albury Entertainment Centre. The Conference is being hosted by Landcare NSW and Murray Local Land Services, and is being coordinated in partnership with local Landcare and community groups. The theme for the Conference is ‘Sharing our Stories’. Conference topics will focus on agriculture, biodiversity, water and Aboriginal Landcare. Renowned science communicator, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, will be the keynote speaker at the conference. This conference is the premier event to showcase sustainability, Landcare and volunteering across NSW and includes the annual Landcare Muster and the NSW State Landcare Awards. Don’t miss this chance to gather with around 300 people from Landcare and community groups, farmers, Aboriginal groups, industry and government representatives from across NSW and Australia. Click here for more information and to register.

Jun 132017
 

Dear Friends,
Welcome to the June edition of the FoMM newsletter. Hope you have all been enjoying the clear and crisp winter weather lately to get out and about on Mt Majura. We had a fantastic work party last month removing around four cubic meters of Japanese honeysuckle and some English Ivy from the bottom part of the drain line off the lower Hackett reservoir. Participants even spotted a fox and a frog! Read more below. Many woodland birds have also recently been seen at The Fair including Golden whistlers, Scarlet robins, Speckled warblers and more. We highly recommend a ramble here but don’t forget to take your binoculars! And if you get a good bird photo, please register it on Canberra Nature Map.
See you on the mountain.
Jo Lynch, FoMM Secretary

Working Party at The Fair – Sunday 18 June 2017, 1pm to 4pm
Give a hand and help transform Mount Majura’s weedy woodland east of The Fair into native wildlife habitat, enjoy the little woodland birds foraging amongst the planted trees and shrubs and learn about the work of volunteers to reclaim grassy woodland in the area. Help with spreading wood chip mulch (this reduces erosion and works as a soil conditioner that helps native plants to establish), direct seeding Kangaroo grass and installing protective wire mesh guards around existing plants. Much of the native ground layer has been lost and replaced by herbaceous weeds as a result of overgrazing and other degrading activities. The reintroduction of native grasses and local wildflowers complements weed control, increases plant diversity, reduces erosion and provides habitat for local invertebrates, lizards and birds. Give as much of your time as you want; please come early for an introduction if you can.
Where: Meet at the Nature park entrance Tay / Ian Nicol Streets, The Fair, North Watson.
Bring: Sun protection, sturdy shoes and appropriate clothes; tools and afternoon tea will be provided.
Enquiries: Email

Click here for more information.


Speckled Warbler, Chthonicola sagittata spotted recently in the nature reserve. (Photo: Dusty, Canberra Nature Map)

Tree Walk – Sunday 25 June 2017, 2pm – 4pm
Join ecologist Michael Doherty for an information-packed walk on the slopes of Mount Majura and Mount Ainslie. Learn how to identify local woodland trees, see where they occur and hear how they survive fire and drought. Tree guides will be available at the walk. Gold coin donations are welcome to support FoMM’s conservation work. No booking required. Read about The Eucalypts and Wattles (Michael Doherty, August 2012). View some features of eucalypts and other trees in this Picture Gallery.
Where: Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie nature reserves; meet at the Kellaway Street entrance near the end of Phillip Avenue.
Bring: Sun protection and wear sturdy foot wear and appropriate clothes for the weather.
Enquiries: Email

Michael Doherty will be leading an information-packed tree walk.National Tree Day 2017 Planting on Mount Majura – 30 July 2017, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Join FoMM to celebrate National Tree Day 2017 and help with the planting of local trees, shrubs and flowering ground-cover plants! This will be our 5th National Tree Day community planting in the nature park at “The Fair” and the 10th consecutive mass planting in the Mt 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. Volunteer registration opens at 12.45pm. Please come early for a demonstration on “How to plant”. What we will plant: List of species with photos. The Majura Mountain scouts and parents will again be on board to extend their planting from last year on National Tree Day. We still need a few more volunteers to help out on the day as ‘planting buddies’, to welcome and direct volunteers, ensure sign on sheets are completed, or help out on the Sunday morning or Saturday beforehand.
Where: Mount Majura nature reserve behind (east of) The Fair in North Watson. Access park entrance at the 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.
Enquiries: email, Ph. 6247 7515  Contact number during event: 0435 357 172
A big thank you to the Molonglo Catchment Group and EnviroAg for providing funds from the 2017 Small Grants Program for FoMM to purchase tube stock (from Greening Australia) and equipment for this planting event!

The joy of planting together. (Photo: Steve Bittinger from National Tree Day 2016)

Honeysuckle goes at the May work party!
On a perfect Canberra late autumn day, 10 volunteers helped remove four cubic meters of Japanese Honeysuckle from the lower part of the drainage gully close to the lower Hackett reservoir. A big Thank You to Grace, Lani, Sam, Felicity, Chris, Tanja, Margy, Max and Jochen for this wonderful and very satisfying massacre. It was particularly encouraging to have so many engaged young people and Margy’s delicious cake was a truly earned treat for everyone. Participants were startled by a fox hiding in the thickets! All weeds were pulled rather than cut and sprayed with herbicide. The drain line is known habitat for long necked turtles and frogs, and participants of the work party were delighted to spot a little frog of which Max took this photo! All Hackett residents can help by refraining from dumping garden waste in the reserve.
 
Grace, Lani and Sam having fun removing Honeysuckle at the May FoMM Working Party. (Photo: Waltraud Pix).


Can you spot the little frog? (Photo: Max Pouwer)

New Mount Majura ParkCare bench
In the April edition of the FoMM newsletter, we announced a survey for voting for your preferred location of a new commemorative park bench on Mt Majura as part of the 30th ParkCare anniversary celebration. The results are in – the favoured location from the five suggested locations for the new Mount Majura ParkCare bench, at 41.7%, is the old sheep camp at the bottom of the summit trail, on the saddle along the Casuarina Trail. Thanks to everyone who voted and to Aaron for conducting the survey. The new bench will be installed very soon!

Other news and events:
Fringe Forums
20th June 2017- Social Media for Volunteers

Did you know that 69% of Australians are on social media, and that the average user spends 12.5 hours a week on Facebook? Volunteer groups are starting to get in on the action and it’s a useful way of recruiting new members, promoting your events, retaining younger volunteers and to help the broader community understand what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Come along and learn how it all works, how to post text, photos and events, how to tag and interact with other pages and how to work collaboratively with other volunteer groups by using tagging, hashtags and sharing.
13th July 2017- Grassland Habitat Research
Come and listen to Brett Howland- research and monitoring officer as he shares the latest information on kangaroos, biodiversity and grassland habitats.
Fringe forums run from 5:00pm- 6:00pm (on the specified date)
Ground Floor Function Room- Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street Dickson
RSVP to either of these forums by sending an email to Alison McLeod (Community Programs Coordinator) with your name and any questions you’d like answered.

The Colour of Eucalyptus – An exhibition of eucalyptus colour specimens and artworks by Sally Blake – ANBG Canberra, 26 May – 25 June
Sally Blake’s solo exhibition at the Australian National Botanical Gardens Gallery, The Colour of Eucalyptus will feature textile, basket and paper-based works that have arisen from her eucalyptus dye research undertaken at the Gardens. Trained in the textiles workshop at the ANU, Blake uses her sensitivity with materials to create artworks that explore these dyes on a range of natural fibres and threads. During the project she recorded the colours from the leaves of 230 and the bark from 100 eucalypt species. The leaves which create these wonderful dyes are also highlighted in pressed leaf arrangements on paper. Small baskets, Hidden Mysteries have been made using a range of threads, each woven from the colours of one eucalypt species. Blake is also exhibiting her Eucalyptus Mantle works. She came to think of eucalypts as a mantle cloaking the country, their roots holding the soils and their leaves and branches providing habitat and shade. The Mantle works are made from the thousands of colours created on linen, wool and silk dyed during the project. The pattern references weave structures that might be used for a cloth mantle. Sally Blake will run 3 eucalyptus dye workshops in conjunction with the exhibition at the ANBG on the 7, 11 and 18 June.

Bushfire Management: Balancing the Risk – Friday 21 & Saturday 22 July
Community symposium discussing research, strategies and expectations for fire management in the ACT in a changing environment, with the National Parks Association ACT, Conservation Council ACT Region, Parks and Conservation Service and Emergency Services Agency. You can obtain more information here or just go straight to bookings which are available now.

Albert Morris Ecological Restoration Field Trip and Award – Broken Hill, 22-24 August 2017
Many interested people from all over Australia are converging on Broken Hill in early Spring to celebrate the 80th anniversary of one of the world’s earliest restoration projects: the Broken Hill Regeneration Reserves. This will mark the inauguration of the Albert Morris Ecological Restoration Award hosted by the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators, Australian Network for Plant Conservation, Greening Australia and the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia. Read more here, watch this video about the upcoming event and read the special Broken Hill issue of AABR News.

May 082017
 

Dear Friends,
Welcome to the May edition of the FoMM newsletter. The latest big news is that another new orchid species has been recorded for Mt Majura! A population of Little Dumpies (Diplodium truncatum) was recently found, the first record of this orchid for Mt Majura! See the photos here. Mt Majura sure is a special place for plants, making our restoration work even more important. So we appreciate any help you can provide to protect this wonderful reserve, whether this is volunteering at our working parties, keeping dogs on leashes, riding mountain bikes on formal trails only, contacting us if you see an unusual plant or animal, reporting any illegal activity like firewood collection, or spreading the word to other locals. It all helps!
See you on the mountain.
Jo Lynch, FoMM Secretary

One of the Little Dumpy (Diplodium truncatum) orchids found on Mt Majura. (Photo: Petersan on Canberra Nature Map)

Working Party – Sunday 21 May 2017, 1pm to 4pm
Join FoMM’s weeds working party and help remove Japanese Honeysuckle and other woody weeds growing in and around the drainage line close to the Hackett reservoir. Come early for an introduction and give as much time as you want. You need no experience to attend this event; instructions and tools will be provided on site.
Where: Meet at ParkCare notice board opposite of the water reservoir off Rivett Street and French Street intersection, Hackett.
Bring and wear: Sun protection, body covering garden clothing and sturdy shoes; if you have them bring your gum boots.
Enquiries: ph 6247 7515 or Email

Click here for more information.


The drainage line in November 2013 after many volunteer hours over the years. The continuous supply of seeds from nearby gardens requires annual removal of woody weeds and vines from this area. (Photo: Waltraud Pix)

Walk through the woodlands with bird enthusiast Peter Miller to spot, observe, listen to, identify and learn about the amazing variety of birds on Mount Majura. We are particularly interested in the Scarlet Robin Petroica boodang. If you spot a Scarlet Robin please take a picture and register on Canberra Nature Map or let us know. The Scarlet Robin is declared a vulnerable species in the ACT and NSW – read this Canberra Times article.
Meet at nature reserve entrance Mackenzie Street, roughly opposite Grayson Street, Hackett.
Please bring: Binoculars, a camera if you have one, walking boots and a Gold Coin donation for a bird list.
Enquiries: 6248 8955 or Email
Click here for more information.

A male Scarlet Robin, Petroica boodang. The species is at risk of extinction and declared vulnerable in the ACT and NSW. (Photo: Canberra Nature Map, taken on Mt Majura)

Watch this great video where local Steve Bittinger takes us for a walk on Mount Majura and shows us some of Mount Majura’s wide variety of habitats and historical points of interest!

Other news and events:

Conservation Council ACT World Environment Day Dinner – Saturday 3 June
Join the Conservation Council annual dinner at the National Arboretum where Janet Jeffs of Ginger Catering will cook up a treat using local, seasonal produce. A three course meal plus champagne and canapes to start and your ticket includes wine. The MC is Lish Fejer who is entertaining, energetic and environmental all in one. Book your ticket now.

Open Art Competition – ‘People Caring for the ACT Region’s Lands and Waters’
ACT Region Catchment Groups Art Exhibition and Prizes. Entries close 9 June 2017. Exhibition 22-30 June 2017, Fitters Workshop, Kingston Art Precinct. Exhibition open 10am to 5pm daily. The three catchment groups in the ACT see this as an opportunity to show other people how Parkcarers, Rangers and Waterwatchers care for the ACT Lands and Waters. Click here for more information.

Bushfire Management: Balancing the Risk – Friday 21 & Saturday 22 July
Community symposium discussing research, strategies and expectations for fire management in the ACT in a changing environment, with the National Parks Association ACT, Conservation Council ACT Region, Parks and Conservation Service and Emergency Services Agency. You can obtain more information here or just go straight to bookings which are available now.

Albert Morris Ecological Restoration Field Trip and Award – Broken Hill, 22-24 August 2017
Many interested people from all over Australia are converging on Broken Hill in early Spring to celebrate the 80th anniversary of one of the world’s earliest restoration projects: the Broken Hill Regeneration Reserves. This will mark the inauguration of the Albert Morris Ecological Restoration Award hosted by the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators, Australian Network for Plant Conservation, Greening Australia and the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia. Read more here, watch this video about the upcoming event and read the special Broken Hill issue of AABR News.

Volunteer opportunity available at the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC) Inc. office
Do you have an interest in plant conservation? Are you looking for volunteer work while studying, searching for a job or during retirement? A volunteer position at the ANPC’s National Office is now available one day a week on Thursdays from 10am to 2pm. The office is based in the Crosbie Morrison Building at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Volunteers receive a free annual parking permit for the Gardens and free ANPC membership. Specific Duties: office administration; marketing and promotion; website updating and maintenance; membership – assisting new and existing members, updating database etc; editing and production of Australasian Plant Conservation; and helping to organise conferences and workshops. What the position offers: an opportunity to increase skills, confidence and employment prospects; valuable experience working for a national non-profit organisation; experience in using various computer software packages; administration and organisation skills; scientific writing and publishing skills; and exposure to Australian plant conservation issues and projects. Click here for more information and to download the position description.

Apr 192017
 

Many thanks to everyone who helped recently to remove the St John’s Wort seed heads at the Fair. Many were in a lovely native regeneration area where there were lots of native flowers and Yellow box seedlings, which now won’t have to compete as much with this aggressive weed. However, the recent rain has triggered new growth of Paterson’s curse and Thistles around the plantings at The Fair, so please let us know if you can help out on Fridays, even just for an hour. It all makes a difference.
See you on the mountain.
Jo Lynch
FoMM Secretary

Follow-up working party to remove Japanese Honeysuckle – Sunday, 30 April, 9am – 12noon
FoMM will be hosting this working party to remove Japanese Honeysuckle from a gully in the nature reserve behind Mackenzie Street, Hackett. This follows up work to remove the bulk of Honeysuckle from the gully in Spring 2015. Follow-up work is crucial to remove all stems that potentially develop into new plants. Make a difference: give an hour or more of your time and help remove this invasive plant.
Where: Meet at the nature park access close to Mackenzie Street intersection with Russell Street and Hull Place (south of 85 Mackenzie St)
Bring and wear: Sun protection, body covering garden clothing and sturdy shoes.
Inquiries: this email
Contact during event: 0435 357 172
Click here for more information and to learn more about Japanese Honeysuckle.


Honeysuckle invades bush and smothers native plants (Photo: Waltraud Pix)

New commemorative park bench on Mt Majura – vote for your preferred location!
As part of the 30th ParkCare anniversary celebration, each nature reserve will receive a commemorative park seat bench. ParkCare groups can nominate the preferred location in the reserves. We are asking for your valued opinion to select your favourite location(s) for the new Mount Majura ParkCare bench from the five suggested locations given in this survey.

Parson’s Band orchids spotted flowering this autumn!
FoMM volunteer Jenni discovered some special looking leaves years ago and it turned out that they were the leaves of the Parson’s Bands orchid (Eriochilus cucullatus) and the first discovery of this rather rare orchid on Mt Majura. Canberra Nature Mapper Aaron has revisited the site several times and in late March found them flowering on Mt Majura! See his photo here on Canberra Nature Map.

Parson’s Bands orchid on Mt Majura. (Photo: Aaron Clausen)

Jacky Dragon spotted at The Fair for the first time!
FoMM volunteer Joseph photographed a Jacky Dragon at a Fridays @ The Fair work session a few weeks ago. See his photos here on Canberra Nature Map. He spotted this cute Dragon among the logs and woody debris which we have placed along the gully uphill of our planting site to control erosion. This is the first recorded sighting of a Jacky Dragon in this area. We’ve also spotted Shinglebacks and Bearded Dragons in the area too, all making use of the habitat we have created by planting and spreading woody debris. This is all very encouraging!

Jacky Lizard on a log at The Fair on Mt Majura. (Photo: Joseph Stapleton)

FoMM table at Hackett Community Contact Day – Saturday 29 April 2017, 9am – 1pm
Can you help? The Hackett Community Association (HCA) is sponsoring another Community Contact Day at the Hackett Shops, Madigan St, Hackett. This is a great way for FoMM to engage with the local community and to sign up new members. If you can help us ‘man’ the table, please email here.

Other news and events:

Kangaroo Count for 2017
Melissa Snape, Fauna Ecologist with Conservation Research, is asking for assistance from people interested in helping out with the kangaroo count. Many volunteers have been doing this for a few years, but often only the volunteers of the Reserves being surveyed. This is an opportunity for those volunteers where counts haven’t taken place to get involved and learn a new skill. Lunch will be provided on all of the counts (except possibly Mulligans which doesn’t usually take that long). Local research has demonstrated the impacts of kangaroo grazing on biodiversity. Learn more here about the local research that demonstrates the impacts of kangaroo grazing on biodiversity here. The dates this year are:
Gungaderra 12th April (this one is fast approaching)
Pinnacle 23rd April (the biggest count)
Aranda 26th April (this date has changed from the 27th)
Mulligans Flat Exclosures 28th April
Mt Painter 10th May
If you’re interested or would like to learn a bit more about this activity, please contact Dr Melissa Snape, Fauna Ecologist, Conservation and Research w +61 2 6205 0001     m +61 418 693 723  Email
Please pass this message on to anyone you think might be interested

Draft ACT Native Grasslands Conservation Strategy – Community consultation open now
Native grasslands are unique ecosystems that warrant our care and attention. The revised draft ACT Native Grasslands Conservation Strategy is now available for community comment. The draft strategy guides the conservation of ACT native grasslands and their resident species with a vision of supporting a diverse flora and fauna for now and the future. It outlines an approach to conserving native grassland species through:
·         managing threats and maintaining and improving ecological connectivity and biodiversity
·         undertaking monitoring and research programs
·         partnering with the community
·         enhancing the resilience of grasslands to a changing climate.
The draft strategy includes action plans targeting the protection of seven individual species including: Grassland Earless Dragon, Golden Sun Moth, Striped Legless Lizard, Perunga Grasshopper, Button Wrinklewort, Ginninderra Peppercress and Baeuerlen’s Gentian and the Natural Temperate Grassland endangered ecological community. Click here for more information.

Invitation to the launch of ‘Friends of Black Mountain Heritage Project’ – 11am Thursday 20 April 2017
On behalf of the Friends of Black Mountain, you are invited to the official launch by Mick Gentleman, Minister for Environment and Heritage, of the new interpretative flora signs and e-brochures for the Woodland Walk in Black Mountain Nature Reserve, on the lower ground floor of the Telstra Tower, Black Mountain. RSVP: 12noon Tuesday 18 April 2017 Ph. 62961936 Email.

Conservation Council ACT Region – World Environment Day dinner, 7pm Saturday 3 June
To be held at the National Arboretum Canberra, this is the major fundraising event for the Conservation Council. Early bird rates closes by COB Friday 28 April. A three course meal plus drinks and canapes.

Mar 022017
 

Woody Weeds (Follow-up) Working Party – Sunday 19 March, 9am – 12noon
Please give a hand and help remove woody weeds in the nature reserve east of The Fair using the cut & daub method. This working party follows-up extensive work carried out in 2016 to remove English Elm, Briar Rose, Hawthorn and other woody weeds at the northwest corner of Mt Majura nature reserve. English Elms are hard to control due extensive suckering. Follow-up control work is crucial to remove this invasive weed. Give as much of your time as you want. No experience required however novice weeders are requested to come early for an introduction.
Where: Nature park east of The Fair, North Watson; access nature park entrance Tay / Ian Nicol Streets
Bring: Sun protection, sturdy shoes, body-covering clothing; tools will be provided.
Inquiries: contact this email
Click here for more information, including a map of the work site

Suckers of English Elm, Ulmus porcera, on a dug-out root. Suckers develop from root buds. (Photo: Waltraud Pix)

Chemcert training course for volunteers – Saturday 1 April 2017, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Are you able to help FoMM with the spraying of weeds during our working bees? If so, we would love to hear from you. Run by ACT Parks and Conservation Service (PCS) for volunteers involved in herbicide application weed treatment on ACT Government managed land, this training is required by the ACT Government before you can assist. The one day course is paid for by PCS and includes safe use, storage and handling of herbicides. The accreditation lasts for five years. There are 15 positions available. Please email us by COB Thursday 9 March if you are interested!
Where: Parks and Conservation Depot, 500 Cotter Road, Weston Creek
What to bring: a pen and your lunch. All course materials, tea and coffee will be provided.

Other news and events:

National park proposed for Canberra’s Mount Ainslie and Mount Majura recreation area – Canberra Times, 9 February 2017
The ACT government has announced a feasibility study which will look into the proposal to establish a new national park covering Mt Ainslie, Mt Majura, Mulligans Flat and Goorooyaroo reserves, to consolidate and further protect the critically endangered Yellow Box – Red Gum Grassy Woodlands. The North Canberra Community Council has nominated FoMM convenor Jochen Zeil as its representative for the National Park Feasibility Reference Group, so stay tuned.

Photographer captures baby goannas digging their way out of termite mounds on Mt Ainslie – Canberra Times, 25 October 2017
Canberra historian and conservationist Matthew Higgins captured the moment a rare Rosenberg’s monitor poked its head out of a termite mound after hatching on Mt Ainslie.

Invasive Species Council fire ant forum – 21 March 2017, 6.30-7.30pm
Hear US fire ant expert Robert Puckett, who has a clear message for Australians – failure to eradicate the current infestation of fire ants in Queensland will eventually have devastating consequences for Australia. FREE.
Location: ANU Commons Room 1, 26 Barry Drive Canberra

Public consultation on the Eastern Grey Kangaroo: Draft Controlled Native Species Management Plan
The ACT Conservator of Flora and Fauna has released this draft plan for public comment. It does not propose any changes to the goals or overall approach to the management of kangaroos in the ACT as described in the 2010 ACT Kangaroo Management Plan. The timing of the kangaroo culling season, and implementation requirements for accreditation of shooters are also not proposed to change. The draft plan provides updated information on the local research on the impacts of kangaroo grazing on biodiversity conducted since 2010 and amends policies to make reference to the current codes of practice and the Nature Conservation Act 2014. The draft plan is available for public comment here until 24 March 2017.

Nomination of Threatening Process: Loss of Native Hollow-bearing Trees
The Conservation Council ACT Region along with Friends of Grasslands, Australian Native Plant Society Canberra Region, Canberra Ornithologists Group and Field Naturalists Association of Canberra have nominated ‘Loss of Native Hollow-bearing Trees‘ as a threatening process. The Nature Conservation Act 2014 states: ‘”threatening process” means a process that threatens, or may threaten, the survival, abundance or evolutionary development of a native species or ecological community.’ As the explanatory statement says: ‘Once a threatening process has been listed on the key threatening processes list an action plan must be prepared to set out proposals to minimise any effect of the processes on threatened species and ecological communities with targeted management and monitoring.’ Among reasons for seeking the listing is that the loss of hollow-bearing trees is a direct threat to four listed threatened species (species declared threatened under the Nature Conservation Act 2014): Superb Parrot – Polytelis swainsonii (Vulnerable); Swift Parrot – Lathamus discolor (Vulnerable); Brown Treecreeper – Climacteris picumnus (Vulnerable); Glossy Black-Cockatoo – Calyptorhynchus lathami (Vulnerable). The nomination will be considered by the ACT Scientific Committee (formerly the ACT Flora and Fauna Committee).

ACT Conservation Council – Save the dates

  • Saturday 1 April (note change of date) 9.30-4.00pm — Being an Effective Voice for the Environment Symposium
  • Saturday 3 June 7pm — World Environment Day Dinner
  • Friday 21-Saturday 22 July — Bushfire Management Balancing the Risk — a symposium with the National Parks Association ACT, Conservation Council, Parks and Conservation Service and Emergency Services Agency.
Feb 142017
 

Happy new year to you all. Was one of your new year’s resolutions to do more for your local environment? If so, then we would love to see you at one or more of our working parties this year, held on the third Sunday of the month and every week at Fridays @ The Fair. Our numbers on the ground dropped considerably last year, so please help if you can. We need many hands to protect and restore Mt Majura’s threatened woodlands and the animals that live there, like the rare Rosenbergs Goanna mentioned below.
See you on the mountain
Jo Lynch
FoMM Secretary

Working Party @ The Fair – Sunday 19 February, 8am – 12noon
Help tackle St John’s Wort and other herbaceous weeds at the FoMM Working Party. Work will include cutting-off and bagging seed heads of St John’s Wort, very satisfying work! Come early for a cool start and stay as long as you like.
Where: Nature park east of The Fair, North Watson; access park entrance Tay / Ian Nicol Sts.
Bring: Sun protection, sturdy shoes, secateurs or heavy duty scissors if you have them. Bags and some tools will be provided.
Please RSVP: to this email
Click here for more information, including on St John’s Wort

Clustered Everlastings thriving and spreading at The Fair in late December 2016 (Photo: Waltraud Pix)

Rare Rosenbergs Goanna sighted recently on Mt Majura!
A Rosenbergs Goanna was seen in late January on Mt Majura, and a couple of weeks before that tentative dig marks on a termite mound were spotted (see photo below), around the time when the females lay eggs. The digging is distinct from Echidna digging because it is higher above ground level and tends to be as tall as it is wide. More than one mound may receive shallow exploratory digs as in the photo. Eventually the female chooses one mound and makes a bigger hole with a chamber 70cm deep in the termite nest and at the bottom it would be 30cm x 10cm but at the entrance it is only about 10 x 12 cm.  However these are filled in as soon as she is able. Rosenbergs Goannas are listed as a threatened species in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia and they are considered rare in the ACT, with just a handful of sightings including within Namadgi National Park in the far south. See also this fascinating ABC News story about the sighting of Rosenbergs Goannas on Mt Ainslie in November 2016. If you see either goannas or diggings, ACT Government ecologist Dr Don Fletcher would love to hear from you – just email us here. Please note: foxes, dogs and other monitors are the main threats to baby goannas, so please keep all dogs on leads!

Tentative dig marks by a Rosenbergs Monitor on a termite mound on Mt Majura. (Photo: Don Fletcher)

Other news and events:

New weed alert: Ox-eye daisy
The ACT Parks and Conservation Service (PCS) are becoming increasingly concerned about the risk posed by a number of ‘new’ weeds that they are seeing more of. One of these is Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare). There have been few incursion sites so far including near Mt Clear campground in Southern ACT, Sutton Road and Mt Franklin Road, but they are now seeing it in many more areas. This is a highly invasive weed which is able to colonise intact native vegetation and farm pastures, so we do not want it established in the ACT. Obviously the more people on the lookout for this weed the better so it would be appreciated if you could keep your eye out for this one. Report any sightings to http://canberra.naturemapr.org or phone: 13 22 81. Click here for more information, photos and download the poster.

Public consultation on the Eastern Grey Kangaroo: Draft Controlled Native Species Management Plan
The ACT Conservator of Flora and Fauna has released this draft plan for public comment. It does not propose any changes to the goals or overall approach to the management of kangaroos in the ACT as described in the 2010 ACT Kangaroo Management Plan. The timing of the kangaroo culling season, and implementation requirements for accreditation of shooters are also not proposed to change. The draft plan provides updated information on the local research on the impacts of kangaroo grazing on biodiversity conducted since 2010 and amends policies to make reference to the current codes of practice and the Nature Conservation Act 2014. The draft plan is available for public comment here until 24 March 2017.

Changes to ACT Pest Animals Declaration
At the end of last year some changes were made to the Pest Plants and Animals Act 2005, s 16 (Declaration of pest animal). Click here for more information on these changes. An important point to note is that only an authorised officer can undertake compliance. Most of the Ranger positions in PCS have the authority to carry out compliance. So this means that members of the public, such as ParkCare and Landcare volunteers, who see a breach of the Act, would be best to contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 to report it rather than getting involved themselves. Here is a summary of the changes to the Pest Animals Declaration:

  • An additional 130 exotic fish species/groups from the National Noxious Fish List are newly declared as prohibited from supply or keeping.
  • Redfin Perch has been newly declared as prohibited from supply or keeping.
  • Weatherloach and Gambusia, already declared as pest animals, are now also prohibited from supply or keeping.
  • Exotic fish species in the Tilapia group, already declared as prohibited pest animals, are now also notifiable to government within 2 days of detection.
  • All genera of deer with established wild populations in Australia are now declared as pest animals (ie, Rusa and Axis species, as well as the previously declared Cervus and Dama species).
  • The European Red Fox and European Wasp, already declared as pest animals, are now also prohibited from supply or keeping.

2016 edition of ‘Scribbly Gum’ is now available 
Published by the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, this publication highlights the work of many ParkCare and Landcare groups in the ACT.

Latest news on the ParkCare positions in the Parks and Conservation Service
The Community and Visitor Programs team has recently finalised recruitment for two positions: Alison McLeod has just started as the Community Programs Coordinator (previously known as the ParkCare and Volunteer Coordinator) and Philip Selmes is now the ParkCare Support Officer (better known as the ParkCare Ranger who is responsible for supporting ParkCare groups with initiating, planning and implementing on-ground community and conservation projects). Alison has experience in coordinating NRM and community projects in rural ACT and NSW. Phil’s previous experience working with ParkCare and his long-term personal commitment to Landcare will put him in a good position to continue the great work undertaken by Craig Wainwright in this role.

ACT Conservation Council – Save the dates

  • Saturday 16 March 9.30-4.00pm — Being an Effective Voice for the Environment Symposium
  • Saturday 3 June 7pm — World Environment Day Dinner
  • Friday 21-Saturday 22 July — Bushfire Management Balancing the Risk — a symposium with the National Parks Association ACT, Conservation Council, Parks and Conservation Service and Emergency Services Agency.
Dec 152016
 

Many thanks to everyone who has helped recently with the weeding at The Fair site. We have now made some headway with the hand weeding of flowering and seeding Paterson’s Curse, however there are still scattered plants particularly in the northern parts of the planting site and a few other weeds to tackle – see below notice of the special Weeding Party which is on this Sunday. Please help if you can, we need many hands!

Bagged Paterson’s Curse @ the Fair, the outstanding result of joint efforts by FoMM volunteers and the Majura Mountain scouts! (Photo: Waltraud Pix)

Sometimes with all the weeds it is easy to forget about the little Majura gems like the beautiful Fringe Lily (Thysanotus tuberosus) and the field of Hoary Sunrays (Leucochrysum albicans var. tricolor) featured below. It would be fantastic if you could take photos on your Christmas walks on Mt Majura and register them on Canberra Nature Map – after all the rain it is such a rich year for our native plants (as well as the weeds!). Merry Christmas everyone.

Looks like it’s going to be a fantastic year for the Fringe Lily on Mt Majura. (Photo: Steve Bittinger)


Hoary Sunrays at Mount Majura recorded on Canberra Nature Map recently. (Photo: Matthew Frawley)

Weeding Party @ The Fair this Sunday 11 December, 9am – 12 noon

Please help us collect Paterson’s Curse and hand weed Saffron thistle and St John’s Wort. Join in for an hour or more. Paterson’s Curse is still flowering i.e. visible but is starting to develop seeds – it will be too late in 2 weeks! There are only a few Saffron thistles which are developing flower stems (this is good news considering the large amount of Saffron thistles present when we started work at the Fair and the wet winter/spring) so it would be great to remove them all! The other task is to hand weed as much of the flowering St John’s Wort growing under or close to the planted Bursaria spinosa and Acacia genistifolia shrubs as possible, as we can’t spray in these areas. The idea is to remove the flowering stems now and spray the new flat rosettes in the autumn. Since it hasn’t started to develop seeds yet, any flowering plants can be left on the ground (no need to bag). The rest of the St John’s Wort is due to be broad sprayed in the next week or so by a contractor.
Meet: Meet at Tay Street park entrance, The Fair, North Watson.
Bring: sun protection and long sleeves. Bags and gloves will be provided.
Inquiries: email here
Also, please feel free to help with this work in your own time over the next week! Please bring gloves and pick up a bag at the Tay Street entrance.

Flowering St Johns Wort (Photo: Waltraud Pix)

Other news and events:

ParkCare and Landcare Christmas Party 2016 – Tuesday 20 December, 5.30 to 8.00 pm
All ParkCare and Landcare volunteers and their families are invited to attend the ParkCare and Landcare Christmas Party, 2016. Many Rangers and other staff will be attending to help celebrate another year of a successful partnership. There’ll be a trivia quiz and prizes so bring your thinking caps. BBQ dinner, dessert and drinks.
Where: Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices 2 Dairy Flat Road Kingston
RSVP: by Friday 16 December to Phil Selmes Ph. 62057384 or this email.

Carping at Christmas – A Community Conversation – Friday 9 December, 3.30-7.15pm
Did you know that carp is the most commonly eaten freshwater fish around the world, and at Christmas is it is a special dish served in many European countries? While the rest of the world finds Australia’s hatred of carp difficult to understand, they have not seen the negative impact this fish has had on our waterways, making it difficult for our native fish to survive and thrive. We need to do something… and this ‘Rivers of Carbon community conversation’ is about efforts in the southern tablelands of New South Wales to bring back native fish, as well as updating us on the potential release of the carp herpesvirus, and what this might mean for our waterways. This event should be extremely popular. Bookings are essential. Click here for more information and to book. Please pass this email onto interested fishermen you may know as well. Where: Hall Pavilion, Hall Showgrounds, ACT
Times: 3.30 pm: how to fillet and cook carp; 4.30–6.30 pm: speakers; 6.30–7.15 pm: refreshments

Dec 062016
 

FOMM Late Spring Working party @ the Fair – Sunday 20 November, 9am – 12pm.

Help with removing protective guards that have been outgrown by their plant inhabitants or go on weed patrol to tackle Paterson’s Curse, Saffron Thistle and other weeds. Give as much time as you can spare.
Meet: at The Fair entrance gate, corner of Tay/Ian Nicol Streets, The Fair, North Watson.
Enquiries: Ph: 6247 7515
PLEASE email an RSVP for your participation to this email. Contact Person: Max Pouwer. This helps in organising equipment etc.
Bring: Sun Protection, water bottle, and garden gloves if you have them. Tools and tea will be provided.


The spring wildflower displays on Mt Majura are stunning this year after all the rain. However the weeds are also currently exploding so we need your help to keep the wildflowers blooming! (Photo: Jo Lynch)


Local plant ecologist Michael Doherty leading the successful FoMM Wildflower Walk on 23 October 2016. New populations of the Canberra Spider Orchid have been found this year! (Photo: Max Pouwer)

Grass ID Course
Steve Taylor, Senior Weeds Officer with ACT Parks and Conservation, has organised a number of Grass ID courses for staff, contractors and volunteers to attend. The trainer is Harry Rose from NSW Department of Primary Industries. The day will consist primarily of learning the parts of a grass in order to be able to distinguish between the many native and exotic grasses. The day will begin inside but progress to the field for hands on ID work. ParkCarers and Landcarers have been offered a limited number of places to attend the course:
When: Thursday 1 December
Time: 8.30am to 4.00pm
Where: The Ron Reynolds Training Centre, Strangways St, Curtin
What to bring: hat, sunscreen, outdoor walking clothes, morning tea and lunch, water bottle
There are also a few places left for the course on Wednesday 30 November if you cannot attend Thursday. This will be held at PCS Stromlo Depot in Weston. If you would like to attend this course, please contact Philip Selmes, ParkCare and Volunteer Coordinator, Phone 02 6205 7384  Email
Oct 142016
 

Welcome to the October 2016 edition of the FoMM newsletter. Great news: new Canberra Spider Orchid populations have been found on Mt Majura this spring! This species is listed as critically endangered so the findings are very important. In addition, hundreds of Wax Lip Orchids and several other orchid species not yet in flower have been spotted, as well as a large number of Greenhood orchids where weeds have been treated before, which is very assuring. Yellow-rumped Thornbills are nesting in three planted Acacia genistifolia shrubs at The Fair – see one of the nests here on Canberra Nature Map. The endangered Hoary Sunrays are just about to open their buds, the Early Nancy flowers are already open and the Creamy candles have started. In a couple of weeks when the Hoary Sunrays open their buds, the northwest of Mt Majura will be stunning. Enjoy Majura’s Floriade in what is a great wildflower year after all the rain, including on the FoMM Wildflower Walk coming up on Sunday 23 October.
See you on the mountain.
Jo Lynch
FoMM Secretary

Canberra Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis actensis) on Mt Majura. (Photo: Tony Wood)

Spring into action at the spring working party hosted by FoMM at the Majura Paddock. Help remove protective guards that are outgrown by their plant inhabitants or go on weed patrol and tackle Horehound and Paterson’s Curse. Join in for an hour or more.
Meet: at the ParkCare notice board opposite the Hackett water reservoir off Rivett / French Streets intersection.
Bring: sun protection and garden gloves if you have them. Tools and tea will be provided.
Inquiries: email here
Click here for more information.

Shrub and ground cover plantings at Majura Paddock replace woody and herbaceous weeds that had been removed by volunteers. (Photo: Waltraud Pix)

FoMM Wildflower Walk – Sunday 23 October, 2-4pm
Enjoy Mount Majura’s Spring Floriade on this delightful walk with local plant ecologist Michael Doherty and learn about the different species found in the grassy woodlands and open forests of the nature reserve. A new flora list will be available for a donation.
Meet: at the nature park entrance on Mackenzie Street roughly opposite Grayson Street, Hackett
Bring: good walking shoes, water, sun protection, a camera and a hand lens / magnifying glass if you have one.
Inquiries: email here
Click here for more information.

Wax Lip Orchid (Glossodia major). (Photo: Waltraud Pix)

2016 FrogCensus update – annual census week 16-22 October
October is Frog Census month and everyone is encouraged to monitor as many sites as possible. To assist in planning and to avoid lots of monitoring at some sites while other sites miss out, they are asking all Frogwatchers to register their monitoring intentions by email to ACT Frogwatch Coordinator, Anke Maria Hoefer. You can check if your favourite spot is already booked, or if a key site is getting its required 3 surveys during Census week, by logging on to the website and going to “BOOKED SITES”. Due to popular demand, an extra training event will be held this Thursday 13 October at Jerrabomberra Wetlands, with an Introduction Seminar (18:00-19:15) and Field Trip (19:15-20:30).

The Pobblebonk (Limnodynastes dumerili) lives in the ACT. (Photo: frogs.org.au)

Other news and events:

Mt Ainslie Weeders – walks
1/ Sunday 9 October, 10am-12pm: Wildflower Walk on Mt Ainslie led by Michael Mulvaney. Meet in the picnic area behind the Australian War Memorial, where the summit walking track begins.  Wear enclosed shoes, hat, sunscreen, bring drinking water.
2/ Sunday 16 October, 8am-10am: Bird Walk on Mt Ainslie led by McComas Taylor. Bookings required as numbers are strictly limited. Please book by email. Further information will be given upon booking.

ParkCare Fringe Forum ‘Partners on Country’ – Tuesday 11 October, 5-6pm
This forum will focus on various Aboriginal land management, fire and cultural heritage projects currently being undertaken in the ACT. Speakers will include 2016 ACT Landcare Indigenous Land Management Award Recipient – Wally Bell; ACT Aboriginal NRM Facilitator – Darren Chong and ACT Aboriginal Heritage Liaison Officer – Euroka Gilbert; and the ACT Parks Murumbung Ranger Coordination Team – Dean Freeman, Jackson Taylor-Grant, Krystal Hurst and Deb Melaluca.
Where: Ground Floor Function Room, Dame Patti Menzies House North, 16 Challis Street Dickson,
RSVP: Philip Selmes  or 02 6205 7384

Science for Saving Species: research of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub (TSRH) – Monday 17 October, 12:15 – 5:00pm
You are invited to a showcase of the research of the National Environmental Science Programme’s Threatened Species Recovery Hub, to be held in Canberra at the National Portrait Gallery. The event will bring together researchers, representatives from the Department of the Environment and Energy, state/territory representatives and regional landcare organisations, showcasing research findings that have an impact on policy and management decisions for threatened species. Speakers will canvass issues such as threatened species translocations, reintroductions, monitoring, adaptive management and control of invasive species. Registrations for the event and more information can be accessed here.

Climate-ready revegetation. A guide for natural resource managers
This new publication by Nola Hancock, Rebecca Harris, Linda Broadhurst and Lesley Hughes provides information on how to use on-line tools to gauge if existing vegetation (species and local populations) are likely to be suitable as the climate changes. The Guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to (1) find and use on-line regional climate projections for a local site; (2) evaluate which plant species will be suitable at the site in the future; and (3) consider which strategy for selecting provenances will increase the likelihood of the local population surviving in the future? The publication is available as a hard copy booklet, on this website and can be downloaded as a pdf here.

Restore Regenerate Revegetate: A Conference on Restoring Ecological Processes, Ecosystems and Landscapes in a Changing World – University of New England, Armidale NSW, 5-9 February 2017
The sustainable management and restoration of terrestrial ecosystems has never been more important and challenging, given humankind’s growing reach throughout the biosphere and resulting accelerating changes from local to global level. Over five days in February 2017, you are invited to the University of New England to contribute to our joint understanding of the challenges and successes in restoration, revegetation and reintroduction in a fast-changing world, with some of Australia’s and the world’s leading practitioners, scientists, consultants and advisers working in this space. More information is available here.

Sep 052016
 

Welcome to the September 2016 edition of the FoMM newsletter. Spring has sprung, unfortunately so have the weeds! If you have time please join FoMM at the Spring Working Party @ Majura Paddock on Sunday 18 September for some weeding and removing of tree guards. Thanks to the 10 participants at the August Working Party, and some Green Army sessions, we have finished mulching and layering woody debris around the 400 National Tree Day plantings @ the Fair, and many of the old guards around the Cassinia plants have been removed and replaced with debris.
See you on the mountain.
Jo Lynch
FoMM Secretary

Spring Working Party @ Majura Paddock – Sunday 18 September, 1pm – 4pm
Spring into action at the FoMM spring working party at the Majura paddock. Help remove protective guards that are outgrown by their plant inhabitants or go on weed patrol and tackle the last pesky Paterson’s Curse that grow on the paddock.
Meet: at the ParkCare notice board opposite the Hackett water reservoir off Rivett / French Streets intersection and give as much time as you like.
Bring: sun protection and garden gloves if you have them. Tools and tea will be provided.
Inquiries: email here
Click here for more information.

Majura paddock with plantings bathed in evening light. (Photo: T. Armstrong)

Birds in Spring Walk – Sunday 11 September, 8am – 10am
Meet at Mount Majura Nature Reserve entrance off Mackenzie St, near Grayson St, Hackett. Walk through the woodlands in early spring with bird enthusiast Peter Miller to spot, observe, listen to, identify and learn about birds of Mount Majura. Expect to see a variety of early spring migrants, possibly even early breeders -cuckoos, gerygones and honeyeaters. Bring binoculars, walking boots, water, and a Gold Coin donation for a bird list.

The Spotted pardalote lives in the woodlands of Mt Majura. (Photo: canberrabirds.org.au)

2016 FrogCensus is on 16 – 22 October – Training sessions 22 September and 1 October
Dates for the main training events are out. New this year is that they will run the Introduction Seminar and Field trip on the same night. This will still allow new and seasoned Frogwatchers to attend one or both training events. However, it will make life a little easier for people with keen interest in both training events but with limited time. To book your spot, simply follow the links below, or check out the webpage. Alternatively, go straight to the Jerrabomberra Wetlands events webpage. Both sessions will be held at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands. The Introduction Seminars will run from 6pm- 7:15pm. The Field Trip will run from 7:15pm – 8:30pm. Dinner and hot drinks will be provided. Bring warm clothes. Register here for 22 September,
and here for 1 October.

The Pobblebonk (Limnodynastes dumerili) lives in the ACT. (Photo: frogs.org.au)

Other news and events:

ParkCare Fringe Forum – ‘PCS Wildlife Program’ – Thursday 8 September, 5pm-6pm
Hear a presentation on the PCS Wildlife Program from the Coordinator, Brad Green. This will include: the location of Canberra’s wildlife ‘hotspots’; the movement of wildlife within the Canberra Nature Park Reserve system; explaining where 40% of an Urban Ranger’s time goes; an insight into the information that is given to the general public regarding snake and magpie awareness; and an insight into the process followed for an injured animal.
Where: Dame Patti Menzies Building, North Building, 16 Challis Street Dickson. Ground Floor Function Room
RSVP: Friday 2 September to Philip Selmes, Acting ParkCare and Volunteer Coordinator, on Ph. 6205 7384 or email. Also, if there is a subject you’d like Brad to cover please let Philip know.

Wandiyali Habitat Restoration & Education Day – Threatened Species Day Wednesday 7 September
You are warmly invited to the Wandiyali Habitat Restoration and Education Day this Threatened Species Day. Come along and be part of the habitat restoration work that is being undertaken by the Wandiyali Restoration Trust in conjunction with Queanbeyan Landcare, the Molonglo Catchment Group, Greening Australia and Conservation Volunteers Australia and see what can be achieved when communities come together to improve habitats for locally threatened species. You will have the opportunity to take a tour of the Wandiyali property and learn about locally threatened plants, birds and animals from OEH Threatened Species Scientific Officer Rob Armstrong. Plus you can join in the fun, with the chance to roll up your sleeves and get involved in planting action. Free BBQ lunch provided. Limited Places Available. Bookings Essential.

ACT Healthy Waterways (Basin Project)
Canberra’s lakes and waterways are under increasing pressure, largely due to urban development, past land and water management regimes, climate change, and a general lack of awareness about the kinds of activities that affect water quality. Stormwater pollution affects water quality, posing risks to public health and aquatic life. It also threatens the many social, economic and environmental benefits our lakes and waterways generate. ACT Healthy Waterways is a joint initiative of the Australian and ACT governments to protect and improve long-term water quality in the ACT and the Murrumbidgee River system. The project will reduce the level of nutrients and sediment entering our lakes and waterways that, in turn, have a significant impact on Australia’s iconic Murray-Darling Basin. More than $80 million will be invested in up to 25 priority projects, as well as programs to raise awareness about water quality issues and how residents, businesses and visitors can help look after our waterways. Your feedback is sought. Click on each catchment area to find out more about the projects and provide your feedback. The six week consultation runs until Friday 30 September 2016. For more information visit www.yoursay.act.gov.au

Australian Association of Bush Regenerators (AABR) walk and talk at Bathurst – Saturday 24 September 2016
Join AABR member and Senior Strategic Local Land Services Officer, Diana Kureen for a tour of local woodland, riparian and Regent Honeyeater habitat around Bathurst in the Central West of NSW. The day will include visits to: Box Gum Grassy Woodland – Endangered Ecological Community; restoration sites on and around Mount Panorama; various creekline restoration projects, including Schauberger Sills, and a site that is looking to restore Regent Honeyeater habitat. Time: 10am until 3 pm. Meet: Bathurst Visitor Information Centre. If sufficient numbers of people are in Bathurst on Friday evening, there will be a talk on protecting and improving habitat for the Bathurst Copper Butterfly and also a cat-tracking program run in Lithgow – with very interesting results. This talk would be held at the Council offices around 5:30pm to 6:00pm, followed by dinner at a local pub. Click here for more information

Conserving Eucalypts: the Why and the How
The papers from the Royal Society of Victoria symposium on Conserving Eucalypts, held earlier this year, are now out. They have been published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria Volume 128 Number 1 (18 March 2016). PDFs are available here (free downloads).

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