inbox and environment news: Issue 548
July 31 - August 6, 2022: Issue 548
National Tree Day 2022: July 31
Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew: Whale Beach - Sunday July 31st
Seagull Pair At Turimetta beach: Spring Is In The Air!
Magpie Breeding Season: Avoid The Swoop!
- Try to avoid the area. Do not go back after being swooped. Australian magpies are very intelligent and have a great memory. They will target the same people if you persist on entering their nesting area.
- Be aware of where the bird is. Most will usually swoop from behind. They are much less likely to target you if they think they are being watched. Try drawing eyes on the back of a helmet or hat. You can also hold a long stick in the air to deter swooping.
- Keep calm and do not panic. Walk away quickly but do not run. Running seems to make birds swoop more. Be careful to keep a look out for swooping birds and if you are really concerned, place your folded arms above your head to protect your head and eyes.
- If you are on your bicycle or horse, dismount. Bicycles can irritate the birds and the major cause of accidents following an encounter with a swooping bird, is falling from a bicycle. Calmly walk your bike/horse out of the nesting territory.
- Never harass or provoke nesting birds. A harassed bird will distrust you and as they have a great memory this will ultimately make you a bigger target in future. Do not throw anything at a bird or nest, and never climb a tree and try to remove eggs or chicks.
- Teach children what to do. It is important that children understand and respect native birds. Educating them about the birds and what they can do to avoid being swooped will help them keep calm if they are targeted. Its important children learn to protect their face.
Wanted: Photos Of Flies Feeding On Frogs (For Frog Conservation)
Possums In Your Roof?: Do The Right Thing
Local Wildlife Rescuers And Carers State That Ongoing Heavy Rains Are Tough For Us But Can Be Tougher For Our Wildlife:
- Birds and possums can be washed out of trees, or the tree comes down, nests can disintegrate or hollows fill with water
- Ground dwelling animals can be flooded out of their burrows or hiding places and they need to seek higher ground
- They are at risk crossing roads as people can't see them and sudden braking causes accidents
- The food may disappear - insects, seeds and pollens are washed away, nectar is diluted and animals can be starving
- They are vulnerable in open areas to predators, including our pets
- They can't dry out and may get hypothermia or pneumonia
- Animals may seek shelter in your home or garage.
You can help by:
- Keeping your pets indoors
- Assessing for wounds or parasites
- Putting out towels or shelters like boxes to provide a place to hide
- Drive to conditions and call a rescue group if you see an animal hit (or do a pouch check or get to a vet if you can stop)
- If you are concerned take a photo and talk to a rescue group or wildlife carer
There are 2 rescue groups in the Northern Beaches:
Sydney Wildlife: 9413 4300
WIRES: 1300 094 737
Please be patient as there could be a few enquiries regarding the wildlife.
Generally Sydney Wildlife do not recommend offering food but it may help in some cases. Please ensure you know what they generally eat and any offerings will not make them sick. You can read more on feeding wildlife here
Information courtesy Ed Laginestra, Sydney Wildlife volunteer. Photo: Warriewood Wetlands Wallaby by Kevin Murray, March 2022.
Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed
Sydney Wildlife Rescue: Helpers Needed
Bushcare In Pittwater
Where we work Which day What time
Angophora Reserve 3rd Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Avalon Dunes 1st Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Avalon Golf Course 2nd Wednesday 3 - 5:30pm
Careel Creek 4th Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Toongari Reserve 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon (8 - 11am in summer)
Bangalley Headland 2nd Sunday 9 to 12noon
Winnererremy Bay 4th Sunday 9 to 12noon
North Bilgola Beach 3rd Monday 9 - 12noon
Algona Reserve 1st Saturday 9 - 12noon
Plateau Park 1st Friday 8:30 - 11:30am
Browns Bay Reserve 1st Tuesday 9 - 12noon
McCarrs Creek Reserve Contact Bushcare Officer To be confirmed
Old Wharf Reserve 3rd Saturday 8 - 11am
Kundibah Reserve 4th Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Mona Vale Beach Basin 1st Saturday 8 - 11am
Mona Vale Dunes 2nd Saturday +3rd Thursday 8:30 - 11:30am
Bungan Beach 4th Sunday 9 - 12noon
Crescent Reserve 3rd Sunday 9 - 12noon
North Newport Beach 4th Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Porter Reserve 2nd Saturday 8 - 11am
Irrawong Reserve 2nd Saturday 2 - 5pm
North Palm Beach Dunes 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon
Catherine Park 2nd Sunday 10 - 12:30pm
Elizabeth Park 1st Saturday 9 - 12noon
Pathilda Reserve 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon
Warriewood Wetlands 1st Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Norma Park 1st Friday 9 - 12noon
Coopers Point, Elvina Bay 2nd Sunday 10 - 1pm
Rocky Point, Elvina Bay 1st Monday 9 - 12noon
Gardens And Environment Groups And Organisations In Pittwater
Water Sharing Plans: Farmers And Water Users
- by 1 September, licence holders in the Border Rivers and Gwydir valleys will have their water accounts credited and the floodplain harvesting framework will be fully operational
- licences for the Macquarie, Barwon-Darling and Namoi valleys will be determined and will come into effect later this year and in early 2023.
Eastern Bristlebirds Sent South
Call Out To Improve Coastal Design
Land IQ To Deliver Savings, Speed Up Planning
Healthy Fish, Healthy Rivers And Healthy Farms
Reimbursement For Recreational Beekeepers Impacted By Varroa Mite
- They must decontaminate all vehicles that will be used for transporting honey supers, before and after the move.
- The honey super must be cleared of bees and sealed so no bees can enter.
- The honey supers must be taken to an enclosed space for honey extraction.
- Transportation can only take place within the eradication zone and by using the most direct route.
- Beekeepers must not move any part of the brood box.
- Honey must not be extracted until the honey super is stored in a bee proof manner for 21 days or at -20 degrees Celsius for 72 hours.
Biosecurity Blueprint To Safeguard NSW Agriculture
- Set a clear vision for biosecurity and food safety in NSW;
- Map strategy objectives for Government, industry, and the community; and
- Outline key activities that will guide decision-making for farmers.
Pittwater Reserves: Histories + Notes + Pictorial Walks
A History Of The Campaign For Preservation Of The Warriewood Escarpment by David Palmer OAM and Angus Gordon OAM
America Bay Track Walk - photos by Joe Mills
An Aquatic June: North Narrabeen - Turimetta - Collaroy photos by Joe Mills
Angophora Reserve - Angophora Reserve Flowers
Annie Wyatt Reserve - A Pictorial
Avalon's Village Green: Avalon Park Becomes Dunbar Park - Some History + Toongari Reserve and Catalpa Reserve
Bairne Walking Track Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NP by Kevin Murray
Bangalley Headland Bangalley Mid Winter
Banksias of Pittwater
Barrenjoey Boathouse In Governor Phillip Park Part Of Our Community For 75 Years: Photos From The Collection Of Russell Walton, Son Of Victor Walton
Barrenjoey Headland: Spring flowers
Barrenjoey Headland after fire
Botham Beach by Barbara Davies
Bungan Beach Bush Care
Careel Bay Saltmarsh plants
Careel Bay Birds
Careel Bay Clean Up day
Careel Bay Playing Fields History and Current
Careel Creek - If you rebuild it they will come
Centre trail in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Chiltern Track- Ingleside by Marita Macrae
Clareville/Long Beach Reserve + some History
Coastal Stability Series: Cabbage Tree Bay To Barrenjoey To Observation Point by John Illingsworth, Pittwater Pathways, and Dr. Peter Mitchell OAM
Cowan Track by Kevin Murray
Curl Curl To Freshwater Walk: October 2021 by Kevin Murray and Joe Mills
Currawong and Palm Beach Views - Winter 2018
Currawong-Mackerel-The Basin A Stroll In Early November 2021 - photos by Selena Griffith
Currawong State Park Currawong Beach + Currawong Creek
Deep Creek To Warriewood Walk photos by Joe Mills
Drone Gives A New View On Coastal Stability; Bungan: Bungan Headland To Newport Beach + Bilgola: North Newport Beach To Avalon + Bangalley: Avalon Headland To Palm Beach
Duck Holes: McCarrs Creek by Joe Mills
Dunbar Park - Some History + Toongari Reserve and Catalpa Reserve
Dundundra Falls Reserve: August 2020 photos by Selena Griffith - Listed in 1935
Elsie Track, Scotland Island
Elvina Track in Late Winter 2019 by Penny Gleen
Elvina Bay Walking Track: Spring 2020 photos by Joe Mills
Elvina Bay-Lovett Bay Loop Spring 2020 by Kevin Murray and Joe Mills
Fern Creek - Ingleside Escarpment To Warriewood Walk + Some History photos by Joe Mills
Iluka Park, Woorak Park, Pittwater Park, Sand Point Reserve, Snapperman Beach Reserve - Palm Beach: Some History
Ingleside Wildflowers August 2013
Irrawong - Ingleside Escarpment Trail Walk Spring 2020 photos by Joe Mills
Irrawong - Mullet Creek Restoration
Katandra Bushland Sanctuary - Ingleside
Lucinda Park, Palm Beach: Some History + 2022 Pictures
McCarr's Creek to Church Point to Bayview Waterfront Path
Mona Vale Beach - A Stroll Along, Spring 2021 by Kevin Murray
Mona Vale Headland, Basin and Beach Restoration
Mount Murray Anderson Walking Track by Kevin Murray and Joe Mills
Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment: Past Notes Present Photos by Margaret Woods
Narrabeen Lagoon State Park
Narrabeen Lagoon State Park Expansion
Narrabeen Rockshelf Aquatic Reserve
Nerang Track, Terrey Hills by Bea Pierce
Newport Bushlink - the Crown of the Hill Linked Reserves
Newport Community Garden - Woolcott Reserve
Newport to Bilgola Bushlink 'From The Crown To The Sea' Paths: Founded In 1956 - A Tip and Quarry Becomes Green Space For People and Wildlife
Pittwater spring: waterbirds return to Wetlands
Pittwater's Lone Rangers - 120 Years of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase and the Men of Flowers Inspired by Eccleston Du Faur
Pittwater's Parallel Estuary - The Cowan 'Creek
Resolute Track at West Head by Kevin Murray
Resolute Track Stroll by Joe Mills
Riddle Reserve, Bayview
Salvation Loop Trail, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park- Spring 2020 - by Selena Griffith
Stapleton Park Reserve In Spring 2020: An Urban Ark Of Plants Found Nowhere Else
The Chiltern Track
The Resolute Beach Loop Track At West Head In Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park by Kevin Murray
Towlers Bay Walking Track by Joe Mills
Trafalgar Square, Newport: A 'Commons' Park Dedicated By Private Landholders - The Green Heart Of This Community
Tranquil Turimetta Beach, April 2022 by Joe Mills
Turimetta Beach Reserve by Joe Mills, Bea Pierce and Lesley
Turimetta Beach Reserve: Old & New Images (by Kevin Murray) + Some History
Warriewood Wetlands and Irrawong Reserve
Whale Beach Ocean Reserve: 'The Strand' - Some History On Another Great Protected Pittwater Reserve
Wilshire Park Palm Beach: Some History + Photos From May 2022
Winji Jimmi - Water Maze
New Shorebirds WingThing For Youngsters Available To Download
A Shorebirds WingThing educational brochure for kids (A5) helps children learn about shorebirds, their life and journey. The 2021 revised brochure version was published in February 2021 and is available now. You can download a file copy here.
If you would like a free print copy of this brochure, please send a self-addressed envelope with A$1.10 postage (or larger if you would like it unfolded) affixed to: BirdLife Australia, Shorebird WingThing Request, 2-05Shorebird WingThing/60 Leicester St, Carlton VIC 3053.
Shorebird Identification Booklet
The Migratory Shorebird Program has just released the third edition of its hugely popular Shorebird Identification Booklet. The team has thoroughly revised and updated this pocket-sized companion for all shorebird counters and interested birders, with lots of useful information on our most common shorebirds, key identification features, sighting distribution maps and short articles on some of BirdLife’s shorebird activities.
The booklet can be downloaded here in PDF file format: http://www.birdlife.org.au/documents/Shorebird_ID_Booklet_V3.pdf
Paper copies can be ordered as well, see http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/shorebirds-2020/counter-resources for details.
Download BirdLife Australia's children’s education kit to help them learn more about our wading birdlife
Shorebirds are a group of wading birds that can be found feeding on swamps, tidal mudflats, estuaries, beaches and open country. For many people, shorebirds are just those brown birds feeding a long way out on the mud but they are actually a remarkably diverse collection of birds including stilts, sandpipers, snipe, curlews, godwits, plovers and oystercatchers. Each species is superbly adapted to suit its preferred habitat. The Red-necked Stint is as small as a sparrow, with relatively short legs and bill that it pecks food from the surface of the mud with, whereas the Eastern Curlew is over two feet long with a exceptionally long legs and a massively curved beak that it thrusts deep down into the mud to pull out crabs, worms and other creatures hidden below the surface.
Some shorebirds are fairly drab in plumage, especially when they are visiting Australia in their non-breeding season, but when they migrate to their Arctic nesting grounds, they develop a vibrant flush of bright colours to attract a mate. We have 37 types of shorebirds that annually migrate to Australia on some of the most lengthy and arduous journeys in the animal kingdom, but there are also 18 shorebirds that call Australia home all year round.
What all our shorebirds have in common—be they large or small, seasoned traveller or homebody, brightly coloured or in muted tones—is that each species needs adequate safe areas where they can successfully feed and breed.
The National Shorebird Monitoring Program is managed and supported by BirdLife Australia.
This project is supported by Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority and Hunter Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. Funding from Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and Port Phillip Bay Fund is acknowledged.
The National Shorebird Monitoring Program is made possible with the help of over 1,600 volunteers working in coastal and inland habitats all over Australia.
The National Shorebird Monitoring program (started as the Shorebirds 2020 project initiated to re-invigorate monitoring around Australia) is raising awareness of how incredible shorebirds are, and actively engaging the community to participate in gathering information needed to conserve shorebirds.
In the short term, the destruction of tidal ecosystems will need to be stopped, and our program is designed to strengthen the case for protecting these important habitats.
In the long term, there will be a need to mitigate against the likely effects of climate change on a species that travels across the entire range of latitudes where impacts are likely.
The identification and protection of critical areas for shorebirds will need to continue in order to guard against the potential threats associated with habitats in close proximity to nearly half the human population.
Here in Australia, the place where these birds grow up and spend most of their lives, continued monitoring is necessary to inform the best management practice to maintain shorebird populations.
BirdLife Australia believe that we can help secure a brighter future for these remarkable birds by educating stakeholders, gathering information on how and why shorebird populations are changing, and working to grow the community of people who care about shorebirds.
To find out more visit: http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/shorebirds-2020/shorebirds-2020-program
Aussie Bread Tags Collection Points
Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Builder
To become a builder, you usually have to complete a VET qualification in building and construction (Carpenter Craftsan's Certificate for instance). As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a builder by studying construction management or building at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.
Personal requirements for a Builder
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Management and leadership skills
- Good planning and organisational skills
- Aptitude for technical activities
- Strong physical ability to handle the workload
- Decision making and problem solving abilities
Being a Builder can be a tough job, and you can’t be afraid to get your hands (literally) dirty if you want to make a career out of it, but there are plenty of benefits to working in building and construction, and Open Collages (Australian) are going to share a few of them with you.
1. Your job doubles as a daily workout routine
Working in the building and construction industry can be physically demanding, and there is a certain level of fitness that is required. You’ll be lifting, pushing, pulling and hauling things across the job site, as well as using machinery and equipment. But unlike an office job, where you’ll be stuck behind a desk all day, working as a Builder means that you’ll be keeping active all day, every day. In time, you’ll see how this will improve your overall fitness levels.
2. Create a strong network
Working on different sites throughout the year means that you’ll be working alongside a variety of people with a wide range of skills. Over time, you’ll build a strong network of contacts and friends. And you never know where those connections and friendships might take you.
3. Being a Builder pays well
As a Tradie, you’ll be earning around $1458 per week, according to the government’s Job Outlook website. This jumps all the way up to $3450 per week for Construction Managers.
4. Work anywhere
The building and construction industry isn’t one that’s limited by geography, whether you live in one of the country’s major cities or in a regional town. As the population of regional areas continues to grow, so will the demand for new infrastructure.
5. Early start means early finish
While construction sites usually start pretty early (around 7am), this just means that you get to knock off sooner! While most office jobs finish at around 5-6pm, Builders can expect to finish earlier than this – which means you have more hours in the day for ‘me’ time. Head to the gym, catch up with mates, join a local sports team or just enjoy extra time at home with your family and doing the things you love.
6. You don’t have to wait for a home renovator
As a professional Builder, you’ll be able to take care of your own home renovations without having to hire someone else. And if there’s something you can’t take care of yourself, or if you need another pair of hands, you can call in a favour from that strong network group we mentioned earlier.
7. Get plenty of sunshine
If you really can’t stand the thought of working behind a desk, then becoming a Builder is the perfect career move for you. You’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors, which also means you’ll be getting a healthy dose of Vitamin D every day! Vitamin D is actually incredibly important when it comes to building strong bones and teeth, as well as helping the immune system to function. Just remember to wear the right kind of protective clothing and sunscreen.
8. Job stability and reliability
In 2019, the building and construction industry employed 1.5million workers in Australia. That’s a whopping 9% of the total workforce.³ By 2023, it’s predicted there will be at least another 118,800 jobs created, which is a growth of 10%. And while the industry itself has slowed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, by no means has it stopped. In fact, the building and construction industry may be the key to helping the Australian economy recover.
Are you thinking of starting a career in building and construction?
Open Colleges has a number of building and construction courses that will teach you the skills and knowledge you need to begin your career or take the next step up the (career) ladder. Our courses have been designed by vocational experts, which means that everything covered in your course will be relevant and up to date, while adhering to the highest industry standards. We have three building and construction courses available to study online:
- CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)
- CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)
- CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) (Western Australia)
Triangular Tri Scale Ruler for: Architects, Engineers and Builders reading Building/Construction Plans
Builder as a job information courtesy Australian Open Colleges and The Good Universities Guide, Australia.
Art Competition To Remember Our ANZACS
Word Of The Week: Positive
1. consisting in or characterized by the presence rather than the absence of distinguishing features.
2. constructive, optimistic, or confident.
1. a desirable or constructive quality or attribute. 2. a positive photographic image, especially one printed from a negative. 3. with no possibility of doubt; definite.
4. (of a quantity) greater than zero. 5. containing, producing, or denoting an electric charge opposite to that carried by electrons.
Grammar; denoting the primary degree of an adjective or adverb, which expresses simple quality without qualification.
Philosophy; dealing only with matters of fact and experience; not speculative or theoretical.
From late Middle English: from Old French positif, -ive or Latin positivus, from posit- ‘placed’, from the verb ponere. The original sense referred to laws as being formally ‘laid down’, which gave rise to the sense ‘explicitly laid down and admitting no question’, hence ‘certain’.
Further: early 14c., originally a legal term meaning "formally laid down, decreed or legislated by authority" (opposed to natural), from Old French positif (13c.) and directly from Latin positivus "settled by agreement, positive" (opposed to naturalis "natural"), from positus, past participle of ponere "put, place".
The sense of "absolute" is from mid-15c. Meaning in philosophy of "dealing only with facts" is from 1590s. Sense broadened to "expressed without qualification" (1590s), then, of persons, "confident in opinion" (1660s). The meaning "possessing definite characters of its own" is by 1610s. The mathematical use for "greater than zero" is by 1704. Psychological sense of "concentrating on what is constructive and good" is recorded from 1916. Positive thinking is attested from 1953. The sense in electricity is from 1755.
Daryl Hall & John Oates - You Make My Dreams (Official HD Video)
Frank Sinatra: That's Life (Remastered 2008)
I've been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing
Each time I find myself
Flat on my face
I pick myself up and get
Back in the race
Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open The Door
Music video by Pete Townshend performing Let My Love Open The Door. (C) 1980 Eel-Pie Recording Productions Ltd.
Gardens Connecting Communities
Published by the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain, July 25, 2022
The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust’s Community Greening program is committed to taking its expertise ‘beyond the garden walls and serving the broader community through innovative community-led gardens.
When Community Greening participants were surveyed about direct impacts on their lives, the feedback demonstrated 85% positive effect on health and 91% said it had a positive effect on their community; 73% are exercising more and 61% are eating better.
Community Greening is a non-profit program, which depends on government funding and private donations to operate.
Learn more about Community Greening: www.botanicgardens.org.au
Book Of The Month: August 2022 - Kamilaroi, And Other Australian Languages By William Ridley(1819-1878)
Publication date: 1875, Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W., T. Richards, government printer
Older Australians Welcome Albanese Government’s High Priority On Aged Care Reform As Bills Introduced On First Day Of Government Business
100,000 Seniors Now Using Digital Seniors Card
Researcher Awarded For Infection Work
Inflation And The Aged Pension The Hare And The Tortoise
Housing Taxation In OECD Countries: New Report
AvPals Term 3 2022: Training At Newport
Delivering A Plan To Fix Aged Care
Capability Review Of The Aged Care Quality And Safety Commission
Clues To Age-Related Macular Degeneration Revealed
Chores, Exercise, And Social Visits Linked To Lower Risk Of Dementia
Extra Cheers For The Green And Gold
UNSW Multilingual Graduates Set To Help The State's Diverse Communities
New Tool Uncovers 'Elegant' Mechanism Responsible For Antibiotic Tolerance In Golden Staph
New Study Challenges Old Views On What's 'Primitive' In Mammalian Reproduction
Weak Handgrip Strength May Signal Serious Health Issues
University Of Melbourne Researchers Discover Gene That Promotes Muscle Strength During Exercise
The World's Largest Omnivore Is A Whale Shark
Disclaimer: These articles are not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Pittwater Online News or its staff.