inbox and environment news: Issue 553
September 4 - 10, 2022: Issue 553
Dogs Off-Leash On Beaches Open For Feedback
- Do You Want Pittwater Leashed? Let The Council Know Why!
- Calls For Council To Address Dogs Offleash Everywhere After Two Serious Dog Attacks On Local Beaches In Same Week - owner has still not come forward or been identified as of Saturday August 6, 2022
- Sydney Dog Attack Victim Awarded $225, 000: July 2022
- Council Push For Dogs Off Leash On Family Beaches Among Wildlife Habitat - delves into 2022 Central Coast Council report that found 'Dog owners who are of the opinion that they and their dogs have priority access to the space, and other people are a secondary user' (on/of public beaches)
White faced heron landing at north Palm Beach, March 7th, 2022 during storm event. All native birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals (except the dingo) are protected in New South Wales by the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act).
Masked Lapwing Plover Chicks Update: All Now Dead Because No One Is 'Responsible For Wildlife In Council Areas'
- Do we need a change to either the Local Government Act or Environment laws in New South Wales to ensure the letter of the law is not only well-known but policed? (laws are written to respond to what has been identified as a problem in our society, most often in/as human behaviour - but why is the process to address breaches failing?)
- Should Councils be funded to look after the wildlife in their Local Government Areas?
- Or should the burden being taken up by volunteer wildlife rescue and carer organisations and their volunteers continue indefinitely? (physical, emotional, financial)
- If Councils are tasked with looking after wildlife in their LGA's - what form should this take?
- Should volunteer wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organisations be funded by local, state and federal governments?
- Are we witnessing the extinction of species in our local area that could once live safely here, raising their own young? (recent studies suggest we are - read in page linked to below 2 that came out same week this was occurring)
'Celebrating Biodiversity Month with surprising facts about our natural environmentSeptember not only marks the beginning of spring, it’s also the beginning of a unique celebration for our natural environment - National Biodiversity Month.The Northern Beaches is blessed with more than 300 bushland reserves and two national parks right on our doorstep.We’ve got some almighty statistics about these areas that might just surprise you!540 native fauna species call our reserves and bushlands home, and 69 of them are listed as threatened.1,460 plant species can be found right here in our backyard, of which 65 are threatened.48 different native vegetation communities; 13 of these are threatened ecological communities.This level of biodiversity makes the Northern Beaches one of the most biodiverse areas left in Sydney. In a bustling world-renowned city this really is unique.Council and the community are committed to sustaining our bushland and wildlife for future generations to enjoy.'
Leopard Seal Visitor
VALE Barbara Triggs
Katandra Bushland Sanctuary Open
Ku-Ring-Gai Sculpture Trail For 2022 Eco Festival
Dust Off Your Picnic Blankets For The First Ever Statewide Picnic For Nature
New National Fire Rating System Backed By New Fire Behaviour Models And Fire Danger Calculator
- grassy woodland
Effectiveness Of The NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme
- a long-term strategic plan for the Scheme
- improvements to the operation and transparency of the market and credit supply
- frameworks to ensure the financial and ecological sustainability of biodiversity stewardship sites
- enhanced public reporting and data management
- resolving issues in conflicting governance and oversight.
- 96% – proportion of developer demand for species credits not met by current supply
- 97% – proportion of species credits that have never been traded on the biodiversity market
- 60% – proportion of the 226 Biodiversity Stewardship sites under active land management
- $90m – value of developers’ obligations paid directly into the Biodiversity Conservation Fund
- 20% – proportion of developer obligations transferred to the BCT that have been acquitted.
Damning Auditor-General’s Report Finds Coalition’s Biodiversity Conservation Architecture Is A House Of Cards States Nature Conservation Council
- Adhering to the avoid, minimise, offset hierarchy.
- Requiring no net loss, and preferably a net gain, in biodiversity.
- Ruling out destruction of high-conversation value habitats.
- Requiring strict like-for-like offsetting, with no variation rules.
- Excluding supplementary measures, mine rehabilitation and payments in lieu of offsets.
- Ensuring all offset actions are additional to what is already required by law.
- Core elements of the scheme are “not effectively designed”. (p2)
- There is no clear strategy for assessing whether the scheme is achieving its intention (p2) to maintain a healthy, productive and resilient environment, so we may never know the full extent of the damage it has allowed.
- The market-based approach is not working. There are not enough biodiversity 'credits' to meet the demands of development, even as credit demand is projected to grow with the NSW Government's infrastructure plans.
- The practice of developers paying into the Biodiversity Conservation Fund without proper information about whether sufficient credits for their project exist is enabling damaging projects to progress while nature loses out.
- The scheme is plagued with problems of integrity, transparency and conflict of interest (p2). The Biodiversity Conservation Trust is the scheme’s supplier, market intermediary and market participant.
- There is no plan for long-term funding for the care of Biodiversity Stewardship sites, and with no monitoring in place, we can't know if land management actions are actually achieving the necessary gains to compensate for biodiversity loss (p8).
So-Called Biodiversity Certificates Scheme Another False Solution To Tackling Environmental Crisis Researcher States
NSW Government To Allow Carbon Credits For Marine Ecosystems
- Conserving blue carbon ecosystems and supporting their adaptation.
- Delivering blue carbon projects on public, private and First Nations peoples owned and managed land.
- Embedding blue carbon in coastal and marine policy planning and management.
- Conducting blue carbon research.
- Promoting pathways for blue carbon investment.
7.7 Million Hectares For Seismic Surveying
- a joint venture between INPEX, Woodside Energy and Total Energies for an area in the Bonaparte Basin
- Woodside Energy for an area in the Browse Basin.
We call on the elected representatives of Australia to cease any further expansion of fossil fuel exploration in commonwealth waters adjacent to the Tasmanian, South Australian and Victorian coastline by supporting the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Fight for Australia’s Coastline) Bill 2022.It is critical for our local economies and our communities’ health & well-being for the ocean to be safeguarded as the well balanced, fruitful ecosystem that it is. We are particularly concerned with the seismic surveys happening in the Otway Basin, in the North West of Tasmania.Last year Conocophillips & 3D oil conducted seismic surveys just 27km West of King Island3D Oil now have plans to drill a “frontier exploration well” by 2023Slumberger & TGS are applying to seismic survey 7.7 million hectares of the continental shelf from South Aus to as far south as Arthur River, Tasmania.This is occurring over the Zeehan & Nelson Marine ParkWe call for a cancellation of PEP/T/49P where US company ConocoPhillips has recently conducted seismic testing. In addition, no further exploration or permits granted on the Eastern Beach Energy lease (T/RL2, T/RL4 & T/RL5). We also call on all new petroleum exploration leases in the Otway Basin (12 Apostles) and Sorell Basin to be canceled.Both commercial and recreational fishing has always been a huge part of our coastal culture. We want to be able to keep local seafood on the table for our families, protect local industries and continue recreational activities on the water. Afterall, it is this lifestyle and culture that has helped build our Southern Sea Country into the globally recognised area that it is today.New research by the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Science (IMAS) has recently found the economic value of Tasmania’s Fisheries and Aquaculture industries is worth $1.5b to the Australian economyThe current landed value of the Southern Rock Lobster Fisheries is $99m with a capital investment of $1b.The fisheries on the Great Ocean Road contributed $22 million of added value in the 2016/17 financial year.In 2018 Tasmanian had a total of 92,000 recreational fishermen, The Australian Institute reported these fishermen spend $93m on equipment, bait, accommodation, and other servicesA scientific study commissioned by the Fisheries Resource and Development Corporation (FRDC) in 2020 found that one month after a seismic survey around Lakes Entrance, catch rates fell 99.5% for whiting and 71% for flatheads. Commercial scallop fisheries in Bass strait recorded a $70m loss in catches after a seismic survey in 2010.IMAS and Curtin University’s Center for Marine Science and Technology concluded seismic surveying was most likely the cause. These studies highlight the fact that local fishing industries are left to deal with the negative impacts caused by fossil fuel exploration.Further studies on the commercially important species are currently being conducted at IMAS. However, all previous and current studies on the impacts of seismic testing have focused on individual physical impact. In short, scientists have not yet assessed the long-term effects of seismic testing, the impacts it will have on future fish stocks and the overall health of our ecosystem.Impacting our fishing industry harms all other parts of our community, from the local business who sell fishing gear to the mechanics which service our fishing vessels. For example, the King Island rock lobster industry brings $22 million to the island annually supporting a diverse range of industries including hospitality, general stores etc.An official survey of King Island completed in 2021 confirmed 97% of residents were against fossil fuel exploration.In addition to fisheries, our oceans and our coasts are our most valuable tourism asset.Tasmania’s west coast is internationally renowned as one of the most wild, untouched, and pristine areas in the world, which the Tasmanian tourism industry has relied on to promote its world class reputation as a natural wonder. For example, Tasmanian Tourism directly contributed $1.44 billion to Tasmania’s economy, and supported around38 000 jobs in Tasmania (15.8% of total Tasmanian employment) in 2019 prior to COVID19.A total of 376,000 of these visitors ate Tasmania's famous local seafood, 42,000 participated in fishing and 6,000 came for the sole purpose of fishing.The growing industry of tourism in Tasmania is an exciting prospect for communities and job growth, however the exploration for gas within 57km of these much-valued assets such as The Nut in Stanley, is jeopardising this opportunity. The air and water quality on the West Coast has a worldwide reputation for being some of the cleanest on the planet and the planned expansion of fossil fuel operations off this coastline does not align with the Tasmanian wilderness tourism experience.In Victoria, to be exploring for gas less than 5km from the iconic 12 Apostles is an atrocity. This coastline is world renowned, and in 2016-17, catered to over 5.1 million visitors who spent $1.3 billion and generated employment for over 9,200 people. The Victorian tourism industry, coastal communities and the livelihood of local fishermen will be heavily impacted by the further industrialisation of the coastline. Local businesses and industries are a critical part of coastal communities, and an integral part of our local economies. Threatening this through fossil fuel expansion off our coasts would be another immense blow to our local communities, who are only just beginning to recover from the impacts which COVID-19 has burdened us with for the last 2 years.
Older Homes Left Out In The Cold By New Building Sustainability SEPP
Greater Sydney Water Strategy Announced
- Improved water efficiency, leakage management and reuse programs to save Greater Sydney up to 49 billion litres of water every year by 2040;
- New flexible operating rules for the Sydney Desalination Plant that will enhance our resilience by allowing up to 20 extra billion litres of water per year to be produced – and more when needed;
- Options to expand the desalination plant, which could add another 90 billion litres per year, or a new desalination;
- Investment in treated re-use programs for watering trees, sports fields, cooling and greening the city, and industrial use; and
- Smarter use of stormwater with integration into land use planning. This is already underway with the stormwater vision for the new Aerotropolis precinct. In a first for the State, stormwater will be managed across the entire landscape, diverted into natural water channels and wetlands, and then treated as recycled water to green and cool Sydney’s West.
Rally To Optimize Economic Benefits For Lithgow From Gardens Of Stone Ecotourism Without Trashing The Region’s Scenic Values
Keeping Kermit: New Clues To Protecting Frogs From Deadly Bd Fungus
Echidna 'Love Train' Season Commences
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
Marine Protected Areas In Antarctica Should Include Young Emperor Penguins
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 Grand Old Tree Of Angophora Reserve Falls Back To The Earth - History page
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
Seagull Pair At Turimetta Beach: Spring Is In The Air!
Stapleton Park Reserve In Spring 2020: An Urban Ark Of Plants Found Nowhere Else
Stony Range Regional Botanical Garden: Some History On How A Reserve Became An Australian Plant Park
The Chiltern Track
The Resolute Beach Loop Track At West Head In Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park by Kevin Murray
Topham Track Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NP, August 2022 by Joe Mills and 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
2022 NSW Volunteer Of The Year Awards
Giving Older Australians The Option To Work And Earn More
Celebrities Combine Forces And Voices To Support People Impacted By Dementia + National Dementia Helpline Now 24/7
Summit Pensioner Income Credit A Good Start
Men's Sheds Grants And Movember Improving Men's Health
Dementia Action Week
19 – 25 September 2022
- Give a little support to a person living with dementia.
- Give a little support to a carer, friend or family member of a person living with dementia.
- Help healthcare professionals make their practice more dementia-friendly.
2022 Australian Museum Eureka Entry On Crayweed For Sleek Geeks Highly Commended
HSC Online Help Guides
Stay Healthy - Stay Active: HSC 2022
Radio Northern Beaches Offers Free Broadcast Training: 14 Spots
- • Introduction to radio
- • Interviewing techniques
- • Preparing a program
- • Microphone technique
- • Media Law
- • Technical operation (introduction to studio operation, recording, mixing, editing)
- • The day culminates in a live to air broadcast
75th Anniversary Coin
Be The Boss: I Want To Be An Automotive Mechanic
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Power-Sharing For Nature-Based Solutions To Climate Change : Fiona Nunan At TEDxWarwick
Alternative Math: Short Film
Word Of The Week: Catapult
1 : an ancient military device for hurling missiles. 2 : a device for launching an airplane at flying speed (as from an aircraft carrier).
1. to throw someone or something with great force. 2. to suddenly experience a particular state, such as being famous or infamous.
The word 'catapult' comes from the Latin 'catapulta', which in turn comes from the Greek Ancient Greek: (katapeltēs), itself from κατά (kata), "downwards" and (pallō), "to toss, to hurl". Catapults were invented by the ancient Greeks and in ancient India where they were used by the Magadhan Emperor Ajatashatru around the early to mid 5th century BC.
A catapult is a device used to launch a projectile a great distance without the aid of gunpowder or other propellants – particularly various types of ancient and medieval siege engines. A catapult uses the sudden release of stored potential energy to propel its payload. Most convert tension or torsion energy that was more slowly and manually built up within the device before release, via springs, bows, twisted rope, elastic, or any of numerous other materials and mechanisms.
The earliest catapults date to at least the 7th century BC, with King Uzziah, of Judah, recorded as equipping the walls of Jerusalem with machines that shot great stones. In the 5th century BC the mangonel appeared in ancient China, a type of traction trebuchet and catapult. Early uses were also attributed to Ajatashatru of Magadha in his, 5th century BC, war against the Licchavis. Greek catapults were invented in the early 4th century BC, being attested by Diodorus Siculus as part of the equipment of a Greek army in 399 BC, and subsequently used at the siege of Motya in 397 BC.
Mongol warriors using trebuchet to besiege a city - 13th century.
Some Father's Day Music
"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years."--Mark Twain.
Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Kept Alive Through New Language Exchange
A project celebrating Indigenous scientific knowledge that has added 2,500 native plant and animal names to the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) was launched On September 1st at Ngukurr Primary School in South-East Arnhem Land.
The ALA, hosted by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, worked with Yugul Mangi Rangers in South-East Arnhem Land and Macquarie University on the project, adding language words in eight local languages and descriptions for 295 species to the ALA.
ALA Indigenous Ecological Knowledge (IEK) Program Lead Nat Raisbeck-Brown said the new Indigenous names and transcriptions would increase data accessibility and strengthen researchers’ and Australians’ connection to Traditional Owner knowledge and language.
“This project is a wonderful celebration of Indigenous scientific knowledge, highlighting the importance of Australia’s first scientists in understanding biodiversity, and supporting biodiversity management and conservation efforts,” Ms Raisbeck-Brown said.
“The newly updated species names are now searchable in the ALA, both by their Indigenous language name and western names (Latin and common). By having species names discoverable in Indigenous languages, we benefit from and encourage more Indigenous content to be contributed to the project," she said.
The project celebrates the Kriol, Marra, Ritharrηu/Wӓgliak, Ngandi, Wubuy, Ngalakgan, Alawa and Rembarrnga languages which are now included in the ALA.
Yugul Mangi Assistant Ranger Coordinator Julie Roy, who speaks Ngalakgan and Ngandi languages, said the work not only offered shared scientific benefits but also helped support keeping local languages alive.
“It was very interesting for me to learn both the scientific names and local language names for the species and it's also good for the kids to be able to search these species online to learn more about local languages,” Ms Roy said.
In 2020, the Ngukurr Language Centre published this knowledge in a book titled The Cross-cultural guide to some animals and plants of South East Arnhem Land.
Macquarie University project lead Emilie Ens said working with local communities reinforced the long-standing traditions and knowledge of First Nations Peoples in effective environmental management.
“This knowledge, often encoded in language, is an important part of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage,” Ms Ens said.
“By showcasing these names and knowledge in the ALA, we are recognising the deep traditions of Australia’s First Nations Peoples which is long overdue yet is increasingly seen as essential for effective management of Australia’s environments," she said.
The ALA’s IEK project is a collaborative effort with Traditional Owners across Australia to preserve and provide access to Indigenous cultural and environmental knowledge and language.
The ALA, Australia’s national biodiversity data infrastructure, is funded by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and is hosted by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO.
Find out more about Indigenous ecological knowledge by visiting this website: https://www.ala.org.au/indigenous-ecological-knowledge/
Magpie Goose or Anseranas semipalmata, 'Langgurna' in Marra language, via iNaturalist. Credit: gillbsydney
The Tawny Frogmouth or Podargus strigoides, 'Aguluykuluy' in Ngandi language, via iNaturalist. Credit: Owen Gal
Yugul Mangi Ranger Simon Ponto holding a Lined Firetail Skink or Morethia ruficauda, 'Rlokrlok' in Ngalakgan language, on a fauna survey in 2014 at Mission Gorge, South-East Arnhem Land. Photo: Emilie Ens
Sugar Glider or Petaurus breviceps, 'Lambalk' in Rembrrnga language, via iNaturalist. Credit: Nimzee
Mulga Snake or Pseudechis australis, 'Bandiyan' in Kriol language, via iNaturalist. Credit: pratty90
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