Look out for Phascogales

Phascogale photo by Bianca Fammartino

Recently Wombat Forestcare hosted a talk about Brush-tailed Phascogales, Phascogale tapoatafa tapoatafa, at Trentham. by La Trobe University student Jess Lawton. Jess is conducting research on this threatened arboreal mammal, which inhabits dry eucalypt forests and woodlands.

They are secretive animals but easy to identify due their small size and big brush like tail. Continue reading

To feed on not to feed

A citizen science survey conducted this month will lead to the development of bird feeding and watering guidelines. Is feeding birds a good idea? This survey will help to provide some science behind the recommendations. If you take part in this survey you will be able to access the results. Here is the link to the survey.

Lake Bolac Eel Festival

11th Lake Bolac Eel Festival
Friday-Sunday 8-10 April 2016

The festival theme for 2016 will be Aboriginal Land Management. Bill Gammage and Bruce Pascoe are keynote speakers. The Lake Bolac Eel Festival is a family-friendly music and art festival highlighting the environment and celebrating Indigenous culture.

Information: http://www.eelfestival.org.au/

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.