October 2006 Newsletter

  • Woody Weeds Working Bee – this Sunday 15 October
  • FrogWatch starts soon – Census night for frogs at National Water Week 15 to 21 October
  • Early Bird Walk postponed to Sunday 5 November
  • Wildflower Walk on Sunday 12 November – Flora list of Mt Majura
  • Stay informed on FoMM’s events – subscribe to our Website mailing list!

Dear Friends

The up-rooting of the tree seedlings at the old sheep camp site last week was a real blow. What a pity and what a senseless act. The campaign to water the seedlings was just taking off and the young plants looked healthy and were growing new shoots. Many people contacted me to express their disgust and also to offer help in case we are planning to re-plant. Thank you everyone for your support; this is very encouraging. I’ve asked Greening Australia to raise seedlings for us and hopefully a new batch of seedlings will be ready for planting on International Tree Day in winter.

Meanwhile other things are happening on Mt Majura and I would like to invite you to come along to one of our working bees or for a walk to discover life on the wild side in the Mt Majura Nature Reserve. Here we are:

Woody Weeds Working Bee – this Sunday 15 October
If you can, lend a hand and help removing the Woody Weeds that grow in the reserve.
When: Next Sunday, 15 October 2006, 9.00 am – noon
Where: Near Phillip Av / Kellaway St nature park entrance; look out for the Parks&Conservation trailer
Bring: Sun protection, sturdy boots, and full body-covering clothing; all equipment will be provided
Aim: To remove environmental woody weeds in the nature reserve
Method: Search and destroy by cutting and dabbing with round-up
Please visit our Website at www.majura.org for more information and to view the locality.
The last Woody Weed Working Bee for this year is scheduled for Sunday 19 November.

Frogwatch starts soon – Frog Census during National Water Week 15 to 21 October
FoMM members have been involved in annual frog monitoring in the Mt Majura Nature Reserve from the beginning of this exciting community program three years ago. Frogs have been monitored at the twin dams off Mackenzie Street and other wetland sites. Please contact Jenni Savigny at 6257 5648 or email savigny@iinet.net.au, if you want to get involved. Kids (with adults) are especially welcome.

Early Bird Walk postponed to Sunday 5 November
The walk announced for 22 October had to be postponed. I would like to apologize for any inconvenience. Places are strictly limited and booking is essential if you want to join ornithologist Anthony Overs for this walk. Please book early by phone 6249 1514 or email bump@webone.com.au. Pending on interest we might arrange for a second group leader.
When: Sunday 5 November 2006, from 7.30 am (sharp) to 9.30 am
Where: Meet at the Antill St park entrance opposite Canberra Carotel
Bring: Your own binoculars if you have them.
A list of the Birds of Mt Majura will be published on our Website.

Wildflower walk on Sunday 12 November – Flora List of Mt Majura
Join local botanist Michael Doherty for a walk through Mt Majura’s magnificent woodlands and learn about the plants that grow there. Despite the lack of rain we may discover some of the flowering gems Mt Majura has on offer. View some of the flowers we saw on our orchid and wildflower walks in 2005. We have compiled a Flora List of Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie, which you will find soon on our Website.

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Warm regards

Friends of Mt Majura co-ordinator

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