Encountering an echidna

It is still exciting to see an echidna. While they are listed as common echidnas mostly manage to move around our properties without us seeing them. A few weeks ago we spotted one in the garden where it seems to be at home.

What about the other pollinators?

yam daisy

yam daisy

There has been a lot of interest in bees recently and how important they are in pollinating our crops. Spare a thought about all the other insects that have a role to play pollination and how we provide enough habitat to ensure their survival. Here is an interesting article from The Conversation website. In Europe there are schemes to encourage farmers to create wildflower strips, protect grasslands and maintain isolated trees.

World Wetland Day local activity

Yuille Station wetlands

Yuille Station wetlands

While it is hard to think about wetlands when we are in the middle of a long dry summer but spare a thought for the important part that wetlands play in our lives. You may like to participate in a World Wetlands Day event to learn more about wetlands.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

The Leigh Catchment Group are hosting at Walk n’ Talk around the Yuille Station Reserve Wetlands on the Yarrowee River on 13 February. The morning will involve learning about the natural environment with environmental educators and activities for include;

  • A discussion on the Yarrowee River project
  • Exploring our local flora and fauna
  • Science experiments for adults and kids
  • Morning tea provided

On 13 February at 10am meet at the Yuille Station Reserve carpark (off Vickers St) Sebastopol . For further information contact Kate Constance on 0409 585 998 or katelcg@iinet.net.au

Fungi Forays

Morchella elata

Morchella elata

It is time to book in for a fungi foray if you are interested in learning more about fungi. Each year when fungi are at their peak Alison Pouliot runs a series of workshops, where you can learn how to photograph fungi or where to find fungi.

Check out her website to see the list of courses available.

These courses are very popular so don’t delay booking in.

Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens Conference

Geelong Botanic Gardens

Geelong Botanic Gardens

The next Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens Conference is hosted by the Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens on Friday-Sunday 29 April – 1  May 2016. The theme is ‘Geelong – Regional Relevance: Botanic Environments and Their Survival in a Time of Global Warming’.

Botanic gardens play an important role in protection of threatened species and provide habitat for a range of wildlife.

The first activity on the schedule on 29 April is a pre-conference tour to the Bellarine and is augmented by day tours on 2 and 3 May. Non-members are very welcome.Conference information Contact: Tracey and Sally <gardensconference@gmail.com> 03 5222 6053