- FoMM’s future – draft constitution for comment
- Woody Weeds Working Bee – Sunday 19 May
- Thursdays Weed Hunt at The Fair
- News and Updates: white-stemmed gum moth, bird walk, rare Emu-foot
FoMM celebrates its 10th birthday this year. They have been years of removing weeds, planting trees and shrubs, and of advocacy for the bush environment of Mt Majura. The “Before” and “After” photos are stunning. We have made a big difference!
FoMM’s future – Draft constitution for comment
It is time now to put FoMM as an organisation on a firm footing. We are proposing to introduce a membership scheme and an elected committee system to support our work into the future. We welcome your comments. The draft constitution is at https://majura.org/2013/04/30/friends-of-mount-majura-draft-constitution-01-05-2013/
If you are interested in working with us to establish a more robust organisation, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be meeting on Sunday 2nd June, 3.30pm to discuss further steps.
Thursdays Weed Hunt at The Fair – next hunt Thursday 2 May
We may have a few more weed sessions along Clancy’s track before the temperatures are too low for control. Meet at 9.30am, nature park access close to Tay St / Ian Nicol St intersection, The Fair, North Watson; bring sun protection, drinking water, sturdy shoes, and garden clothing with long sleeve and pants; contact email@example.com if you want to come or just come and BYO garden lobbers.
Woody Weeds Working Bee – Sunday 19 May
When: Sunday, 19 May, from 9.00am to 12.00noon; come at 9.00am for a little ramble to learn about the most common weeds;
Where: Meet at ParkCare notice board opposite of the water reservoir off Rivett Street and French Street intersection, Hackett;
Bring: Sun protection, body covering garden clothing, sturdy shoes or gum boots for work in the drainage line;
Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or ph 6247 7515.
This will be a Search & Destroy activity in the reserve behind Rivett Street and the drainage line close to the Hackett reservoir. We will be cutting and daubing woody weeds using the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup); young weeds that grow in the soft soil at the bottom of the drainage line can be pulled. For more information including information on target weeds Privet and Honeysuckle and the method of control go to https://majura.org/2013/04/28/woody-weeds-working-bee-5/.
News and Updates
Do you remember the wonderful strange cocoon featured in the February newsletter? See the beautiful hairy beast that hatched http://www.flickr.com/photos/61627737@N03/sets/72157633261587135/ (click on the photograph for enlarged view).
7 April, bird walk on the north-west slope of Mt Majura behind The Fair. We walked less than 1km and were amazed about the number and diversity of small woodland birds: Speckled Warbler, Weebill, Tree Martin, various Thornbills – Julie collated a list of the species which you can find below. We noticed the absence of Pied Currawong and Peter, our walk leader, observed only one Noisy Miner when he arrived. Both species benefit from a human environment and have a devastating impact on the small woodland birds which disappeared from the west slope behind Hackett. We saw a cat, hunting in the reserve. The Fair is a declared cat containment area and I contacted Domestic Animals and the Minister for TAMS requesting the enforcement of the containment. After Jenni officially closed the walk, a White-necked (Pacific) Heron appeared above the eucalypts leisurely beating its wings. The heron is not described for Mt Majura and was a wonderful conclusion of our walk. A fortnight later on my way to map rabbit warrens I came across a flock of eighteen Red-rumped Parrots just behind the Fair houses: http://www.flickr.com/photos/61627737@N03/8695993074/in/pool-1818610@N22/lightbox/
In February I reported the finding of the rare plant Emu-foot, Cullen tenax. Meanwhile I learned that the species is regarded with concern in the ACT and listed endangered in Victoria. The Mt Majura population – I counted over 30 individual plants – might be the largest in the region. View photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/61627737@N03/sets/72157632832658499/detail/. The quality is low due to the dim light conditions when I took the photographs however the features of the species are shown – mauve coloured flower spike, black seed pot, leaf with 3 to 5 leaflets, sprawling growth habit.
See also Michael Bedingfield’s beautiful drawing and contribution for the Friends of Grasslands newsletter below.
Since the last update of the Mt Majura flora list in November 2012 we identified nine new species, seven of which are local natives and all were by-chance findings at weeding and other activities.
1 May 2013
List of bird species, 7 April 2013
Little Eagle (or Whistling Kite)
White-necked (Pacific) Heron