Keep some twiggy bits

Do you overboard in the garden and tidy up too much? This small eucalypt looks a bit scraggly and could have the twigs removed but during the day there are numerous birds that love this branch as a perching point. They sit there to sing, see what is happening around them or look for insects.

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Latest Victorian Land for Wildlife Newsletter

Land for Wildlife sign

The latest newsletter has arrived. If you are a member of the very popular Land for Wildlife program then this is for you. If you are not a member you are still welcome to take a peek. LFW_Newsletter_2017_01 There are over 5000 members in this program but since the newsletter went online many members have not signed up to receive it. If you would like to receive it via email then here is the link to register to be added to the subscription list.

Things that go crunch in the night

Our landcare group cameras are out again in an attempt to capture a glimpse of phascogales as they disperse over summer. The cameras will be out for several weeks so we decided to check that they were positioned correctly and working.

Looking at the photos shows that the camera was bumped and needed to be realigned so I am glad we didn’t leave it too long. In this round the cameras will only record between 8pm and 6am to save the batteries and they only need to work when the phascogales are likely to be out and about.

Guess who was first to check out the peanut butter aroma?

(Note that this monitoring is carried out with the relevant ethics approvals and permits)

a quick sniff

now hold it securely

oops……

now for another go

or perhaps a side on attack this time

the tail is an indication that this animal is not a phascogale but a brush-tailed possum

 

Threatened Species Day is a time to think

Threatened Species Day 7 September is a time to think about our impact on the planet. Here are some photos of plants that are listed as rare, vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered in Victoria, within 100km of Ballarat.

They are found in a variety of places such as cemeteries, paddocks, bushland, forests, roadsides, rail reserves and other reserves. They also come in all sort of shapes and sizes. A big thank you to those who work tirelessly to protect our remaining threatened species.

Brighten your day with a wattle

Since 1992  September 1 has been Wattle Day. Golden Wattle is Australia’s national floral emblem and is in full flower now in many areas. Here is a link to learn more about wattle day and some photos to show that there a many from which to choose. Many provide food for wildlife in the form of the seeds and prickly ones are ideal for safe nesting sites for small birds. When in flower wattles seem to light up the bushland.

Hollows are important

If you don’t make a lot of noise when you take a walk in the bush you may be rewarded by seeing a bird using a hollow. In this case it was a young Crimson Rosella. Quite a few birds need hollows to raise their young so it was pleasing to see this hollow being checked for size.