inbox and environment news: Issue 561
November 6 - 12, 2022: Issue 561
Impacting Pittwater - Have Your Say + Discussions + New Works:
Conservation Zones Review Residents Forum: Resolutions Call For Shift In Criteria Applied, For Keeping Pittwater's Green-Blue Wings Intact, For State Election Candidates To Declare Their Position On Pittwater Community's Stated Expectations - feedback closes December 2nd
Narrabeen Education Campus DA Available On Council's Website For Feedback - For Narrabeen Sports High School + Narrabeen North Public School - submissions open until November 21
Proposal For Barrenjoey Lighthouse Cottages To Be Used For Tourist Accommodation Open For Feedback - Again - feedback open until November 22nd
Avalon Beach Village Shared Space Timeline For Works Made Available - works commenced
More Spring Birds News From BirdLife Australia: Another Record-Breaking, Non-Stop Flight By A Bar-Tailed Godwit + Call For Australian Painted-Snipe Australasian Bitterns Records
Another record-breaking, non-stop flight by a Bar-tailed Godwit
Back in 2007 — possibly for the first time ever — a Bar-tailed Godwit hit the headlines, after a bird, known as E7, was recorded flying non-stop from Alaska to New Zealand — a journey of more than 11,500 kilometres, in 11 days. It was a world record, with the information made available via a tiny satellite transmitter attached to the bird’s back.
Although E7’s globetrotting feat was widely acclaimed around the world, and stood unsurpassed for years, the record has been broken a number of times since then by another Bar-tailed Godwit with a transmitter.
And in 2022, the record has fallen yet again, to another godwit, a juvenile this time, which flew an even more astonishing distance of 13,560 kilometres from Alaska to Ansons Bay, on the north-eastern coast of Tasmania. That distance is longer than E7’s epic journey — much longer — by around 2000 kilometres (to put it into perspective, the extra stretch it covered is about the same as the distance between Melbourne and Townsville).
And this non-stop flight was completed in just 11 days. Indeed, this bird had ample opportunities to stop over for a feed and a rest on a number of tropical islands as it winged its way across the Pacific Ocean, but chose to keep on flapping instead.
Like most of the migratory shorebirds that we see in Australia, Bar-tailed Godwits migrate annually between their breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere — which are usually in the tundra of either Siberia or Alaska — to their non-breeding areas in Australia and New Zealand.
It’s been said that the total cumulative distance flown over a lifetime by a Bar-tailed Godwit on its annual migration between Australasia and the northern hemisphere would equate to flying to the Moon and back.
It seems that at least one godwit may be aiming for the stars…
L. l. baueri in Tasmania, Australia (note the barring on the tail). Photo: JJ Harrison
Searching for the wetland ghosts: A call for Australian Painted-Snipe records
The current wet conditions are perfect for Australian Painted-Snipe, and BirdLife Australia is keen to hear about any sightings you’ve made, whether recent or dating back a while.
In the wake of Halloween, we’re asking our observers: have you been seeing ghosts? The Endangered Australian Painted-Snipe is one of Australia’s rarest wetland birds. One of the hardest birds to find. One of the skulkiest birds around. One of the most silent birds. A bird that one can never expect to see but will always send shivers down your spine when you do.
Only described as an Australian endemic species in the last 20 years, there is so much about Painted Snipe that still remains a mystery. With an enormous range, nomadic nature, cryptic plumage and a penchant for silently floating through Australia’s marshes when spooked, it’s little wonder we receive so few sightings.
After the devastatingly dry 2018–19, back-to-back La Niña years have recharged Australia’s complex floodplains, creating shallow wetland habitats from the Roebuck Plains to Gippsland’s irrigation drains. Similar conditions in 2011 saw a flurry of Painted Snipe observations as birds reacted to the pulse in resources by breeding and dispersing across the continent. As these wetlands gradually dried out, the birds became more concentrated around some wetlands, much to the pleasure of the nation’s birders. However, in the last five years or so, the ghosts have gone missing once again.
Do you have any records of Australian Painted-Snipe in your notebooks or photo albums? Have you heard stories around the campfire? If so, we’d love to know. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to help us unravel the mystery.
Australian Painted-snipe Rostratula australis Female. Photo: Aviceda
In anticipation of another good breeding event, we would also love you to keep an eye out for Australian Painted-Snipe. Click here for information on how to complete a survey. And while you’re looking for ghosts, be wary of and please report and bunyips (Australasian Bitterns) too.
Community Invited To Have A Say On Draft Management Plan For Flying-Foxes
Northern Beaches Council has released a draft plan for the management of flying-foxes in colonies in Balgowlah, Avalon and Warriewood and is encouraging the community to have their say.
The 5-year draft management plan sets out a three-tiered management approach with a focus on:
- routine reserve maintenance (e.g. mowing, path maintenance, revegetation, weed control, hazardous tree management)
- support for affected residents
- community education
- maintenance of existing buffers between properties and flying-foxes
- habitat restoration in less populated areas.
CEO Ray Brownlee said the draft strategy sought to balance the need to protect flying-foxes as a threatened species while reducing their impact on residents who live near the camps.
“As a species in decline across Australia and listed as threatened by the State and Federal governments, we have an obligation to ensure they are protected.
“This species plays an important role in pollinating our forests, so it's crucial we do our bit.
“However, we recognise that there can be impacts on people living near flying-fox camps.
“The draft plan seeks to minimise those impacts by maintaining buffer zones, offering support to residents and providing alternative habitat in less populated areas.
“We welcome feedback on the draft plan and encourage residents to have their say.”
The draft plan will be on exhibition until Sunday 20 November 2022. Residents can learn more, book a meeting with a Council officer, or attend the online information session on 10 November, and make a submission here: https://yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/flying-fox-camp-management-plan
Mickey Mouse Plant Flowering In Warriewood Wetlands
Residents have reported this week that the Mickey mouse plant, Ochna serrulata (commonly known as the small-leaved plane, bird's eye bush, Mickey mouse plant or Mickey Mouse bush due to the plant's ripe blackfruit, which upside down resembles the ears of Mickey Mouse, and bright-red sepals, which resembles his trousers) has been seen flowering in Warriewood wetlands.
This plant is a weed when seen locally.
The plant is native to the forest areas of South Africa. It occurs throughout the country, from Cape Town in the south, along the east coast as far as Kwazulu-Natal, and inland through Eswatini and Gauteng. This tough, adaptable shrub grows in sunny, open positions as well as in the shade of deep forest.
It has been widely cultivated outside of South Africa as an ornamental garden plant, and has become a weed in New South Wales and southern Queensland in eastern Australia, where it is found near human habitation in and around large towns and cities.
Ochna comes into flower in Spring. Once established, Ochna plants are extremely difficult to kill, and produce copious numbers of shiny black berries which are spread prolifically by birds, foxes and other pests and wildlife.
Once Ochnas finish flowering, the yellow petals fall off, revealing the calyx and berries. The calyx turns bright red, and the berries ripen from light green to glossy black.
It is best to hand-pull seedlings, though this is notoriously hard to do from a surprisingly small size. Ochna plants grow with a tough, kinked root that snaps off, leaving the taproot in the ground to re-grow.
When Ochnas are too difficult to pull out, the most effective way to control them is to "scrape and paint" the stem with herbicide.
First, collect any berries from the plant and dispose of them in the bin.
Then, using a sharp knife, scrape the top layer of the bark away, exposing the green stem below. This should be done along the stem, as far down the root and up the main stem as possible.
photo: Ochna serrulata with fruits and the bright-red sepals that resemble the ears and trousers of Mickey Mouse. Photo: C T Johansson.
Weed Small-Leafed Privet Flowering Now; Cut Flower Heads To Prevent Seeding
Living Ocean Careel Bay Plastics Study
Tuesday November 1, 2022
The Living Ocean No Plastic Please team conducted another AUSMAP survey of the Careel Bay eastern foreshore today.
We conduct one of these each month to gather data on ocean bound waste. AUSMAP micro plastics and Tangaroa Blue macro plastics and other waste.
This year long survey of the same site will reveal data on accumulation over a year, whats coming into the system and what climate factors are involved in its accumulation.
Interesting that one resident commented "not much plastic here". Well have a look at what we found. Its everywhere once you look closely.
Thanks to our volunteers as ever.
Photos: Living Ocean
To find out more or get involved please visit; Careel Multi Layered Coastal Assessment CMCA
Friends Of Dee Why Lagoon
3.11.2022: Clear skies and our supervisor, Peter Z., was back. We concentrated on the onion weed in Zone D - continuing from where we left off. Unfortunately, still not all removed. To make matters worse there is a jumping ants nest right next to the last batch of onion weed.
You want to avoid getting bitten, especially if you are reactive to their bite. Their nest has been marked with red and white tape.
In our Zone F the male Brush Turkey has been busy creating a lovely big hole in our compost area ready for his females to lay eggs. He'll be very busy making sure the temperature of the 'nest' is the right temperature.
Formed in 1980, the Friends of Dee Why Lagoon are dedicated to the conservation and rehabilitation of the Lagoon waterbody and the surrounding Wildlife Refuge. As well as promoting the value of preserving the Lagoon in its natural state, the Friends work actively in bush re-generation via a weekly group (Thursday 7 - 9am) and the third Sunday of each month (9 - 12 noon).
If you would like to become a member in any capacity, please contact us via our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100080821322584
Inadequate control of sediment flow to the Lagoon from building sites in the Dee Why Town Centre.
Photo: Friends of Dee Why Lagoon
Gardening With Brush Turkeys: November 24 At Narrabeen - PNB End Of Year Event
THURSDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 2022 FROM 19:30-21:00
Hosted by Permaculture Northern Beaches
At: Tramshed Arts and Community Centre
Spring is well and truly here and so are the brush turkeys. We are very lucky to have turkey expert, Dr Ann Goeth, author of “Mound Builders”, deliver this month’s PNB talk. Ann will provide her unique insights into the life of brush turkeys and help us uncover fascinating facts about their foraging habits, breeding, and why they build such large mounds. She will also give tips on how to deal with them in the garden.
Come and see and hear a different side of one of our most common garden visitors.
This is our last meeting for the year for PNB and we will be celebrating all that has gone before us in 2022 and welcoming in 2023. If you would like to bring some snacks and non-alcoholic drinks to share with other members on the night for our end-of-year gathering.
Entry is by donation to help pay for room hire.
Photo: Joe Mills
Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew South Curl Curl Beach Clean Up: Sunday November 27
Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew, meets the last Sunday of every month at 10am on Sydney's northern beaches. We update our location every month. Come and join us for our South Curl Curl clean up. It will be our last clean up this year, because the last Sunday in December falls on Christmas Day. We'll meet in the grass area, close to the beach - see the map on our website or social media. For exact meeting point look at the map or type in "75 Carrington Parade, Curl Curl in NSW" - we'll be at opposite that address.
We have clean and washed gloves, bags and buckets. We'll clean up the surrounding area and the beach, to try and catch the litter before it hits the beach, trying to remove as much plastic, cigarette butts and rubbish as possible.
The ones in the crew that are certified wildlife rescuers will also look for an entangled seagull that has been reported needing help.
We're a friendly group of people and everyone is welcome to this family friendly event (just leave political, religious and business messages at home so everyone feel welcome). It's a nice community - make some new friends and do a good deed for the planet at the same time. Send us a message if you are lost - email or on our social media. Please invite family and friends and share this event.
We meet at 10am for a briefing. Then we generally clean between 60-90 minutes. After that, we sort and count the rubbish so we can contribute to litter research. We normally finish around 12.30 when we go to lunch together (at own cost). Please note, we completely understand if you cannot stay for the whole event. We are just grateful for any help we can get. No booking required. Just show up on the day. Looking forward to meeting you at South Curl Curl beach.
Single-Use Plastics Ban In NSW Commences November 1st, 2022
- serving utensils such as salad servers or tongs
- items that are an integrated part of the packaging used to seal or contain food or beverages, or are included within or attached to that packaging, through an automated process (such as a straw attached to a juice box).
- meat or produce trays
- packaging, including consumer and business-to-business packaging and transport containers
- food service items that are an integrated part of the packaging used to seal or contain food or beverages, or are including within or attached to that packaging, through an automated process (such as an EPS noodle cup).
- polyethylene (PE)
- polypropylene (PP)
- polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
- polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)
- nylon (PA).
- carrying on an activity for commercial purposes. For example:
- retail businesses like a restaurant, café, bar, takeaway food shop, party supply store, discount store, supermarket, market stall, online store, and packaging supplier and distributor, and any other retailer that provides these items to consumers.
- a manufacturer, supplier, distributor or wholesaler of a prohibited item
- carrying on an activity for charitable, sporting, education or community purposes. For example, a community group, not-for-profit organisation or charity, including those that use a banned item as part of a service, for daily activities or during fundraising events.
From 1 June 2022 The Following Was Banned:
- barrier bags such as bin liners, human or animal waste bags
- produce bags and deli bags
- bags used to contain medical items (excluding bags provided by a retailer to a consumer used to transport medical items from the retailer).
Help Needed To Save Sea Turtle Nests As Third La Nina Summer Looms
Save Sydney's Koalas Petition
Watch Out - Shorebirds About
TALK & BOOK LAUNCH
Book Your Free Ticket To: Developing Sustainable Communities
Weed Alert: Corky Passionflower At Mona Vale + Narrabeen Creek
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
Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Activities
Gardens And Environment Groups And Organisations In Pittwater
CSIRO Announces New Phase Of National Koala Monitoring Program
October 31, 2022
CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, has announced a new phase in its National Koala Monitoring program which is set to deliver a robust estimate of the national koala population.
The new phase includes $10 million in funding over the next 4 years, which was announced by Minister for the Environment and Water Tanya Plibersek last month.
The funding comes at a much-needed time for Australia’s koala population. In January 2022, the koala (combined populations of Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory) was up listed to ‘Endangered’ under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
The new phase of the National Koala Monitoring Program will deliver a robust estimate of the national koala population. This will result in a long-lasting capability to monitor and assess trends in koala populations across the entire species range.
CSIRO researchers have spent the past year co-designing the national koala program with key research, agency, Indigenous and community partners.
“The koala is an iconic species for all Australians, and of enormous cultural and spiritual significance to First Nations people,” Co-project leader for the National Koala Monitoring program, CSIRO Senior Research Scientist Dr Andrew Hoskins said.
“Partnerships are core to the National Koala Monitoring Program. As such, we recognise that the only way we can recover this iconic species is having everyone involved, the broadest community minds possible,” he said.
CSIRO will be working with university, agency, Indigenous and citizen science groups to build on existing on-ground efforts and use state of the art scientific surveying and modelling techniques.
Boots are already on the ground for the new phase of the program, which kicked off in the Northern Murray Darling catchment, Queensland earlier this month. This included CSIRO working with the Queensland Murray Darling Catchment Aboriginal Rangers (QMDCL), Millmerran Landcare and fellow community members to conduct survey work and workshop discussions.
The QMDCL Aboriginal rangers are working with CSIRO to develop cross-cultural monitoring methods to find and share information about koala population status and trends. This includes supporting QMDCL to collect koala data using structured survey techniques, such as on-ground transects and drone surveys.
“There is much to learn about where koalas are in our region, how many there are, and if they are healthy. This collaboration is important for koala and country,” Senior Queensland Murray Darling Catchment Aboriginal Ranger William Taylor said.
“We are co-designing a dashboard which allows koala data to be appropriately used and shared for Guda (koalas) and country.”
Koalas are easy to identify. But our ability to see (or detect) individual koalas is extremely low and varies in different habitats, and even between different people using different monitoring methods.
The new National Koala Monitoring Program will collect koala sightings using consistent methods across the country and build survey know-how with citizen scientists. This will help achieve the rigorous, national snapshot of koala populations and koala distribution.
“Good science is key to good conservation. This new National Koala Monitoring Program will help us make better investments and better conservation decisions, so that we can protect the iconic koala for generations to come,” Threatened Species Commissioner, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water,” Dr Fiona Fraser said.
The CSIRO National Koala Monitoring Program team L to R: Andrew Hoskins, Cathy Robinson and Eric Vanderduys working in the field. Photo: CSIRO
For more information visit:
- Collaborative partnerships for the National Koala Monitoring Program - CSIRO
- Ecos link: Working with all Australians to win the game of koala hide and seek – ECOS (csiro.au)
CSIRO scientists spot a sleepy koala in the field. Image by Mat Gilfedder.
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
Congratulations To The 2023 NSW Australians Of The Year
Yard Birds: Spring 2022
photos by A J Guesdon
Sulphur-crested cockatoo; There was about 20 of them - all yelling their heads off - this one came right up to me and kept carrying on like this - so I took some photos of him.
The sulphur-crested cockatoo, Cacatua galerita, is a white cockatoo found in wooded habitats in Australia, New Guinea, and some of the islands of Indonesia. They can be locally very numerous, leading to them sometimes being considered pests. A highly intelligent bird, in Sydney they have learned how to open garbage bins as a source of food. The behavior spreads among the birds by imitation.
These birds are very long-lived, and can live upwards of 70 years in captivity, although they only live to about 20–40 years in the wild. They have been known to engage in geophagy, the process of eating clay to detoxify their food. These birds produce a very fine powder to waterproof themselves instead of oil as many other birds do.
The sulphur-crested cockatoo is a seasonal breeder in Australia; In southern Australia the breeding season is from August to January, whereas in northern Australia the season is from May to September. The nest is a bed of wood chips in a hollow in a tree. Like many other parrots it competes with others of its species and with other species for nesting sites. Two to three eggs are laid and incubation lasts between 25–27 days. Both parents incubate the eggs and raise the nestlings. The nestling period is between 9 and 12 weeks, and the young fledglings remain with their parents for a number of months after fledging.
Sulphur-crested cockatoos maintain close familial ties. According to recent genetic work, some flocks contain three generations of cockatoos, from grandparents to grandchildren.
Cockatoos pair up in their first year and are monogamous until death, unless injury or disease separates them, or they "divorce", according to avian expert Ross Perry.
People have also witnessed what they call 'cockatoo funerals' when a whole flock will descend on an area and around one who has lost a mate.
Bush Turkey - our place is a thoroughfare for these, have seen several generations come through here now. They used to gather down along Careel Creek.
The Australian brushturkey or Australian brush-turkey or gweela Alectura lathami, also frequently called the scrub turkey or bush turkey, used to be a common, widespread species of mound-building bird from the family Megapodiidae found in eastern Australia from Far North Queensland to Eurobodalla on the South Coast of New South Wales.
The Figbird pair have returned to their nest again this year - hard to get good pictures of these as the Norfolk pine is dense with foliage and they are small and fast.
Australasian Figbird, Sphecotheres vieilloti
As its name implies, the Australasian Figbird predominantly eats figs, although a wide variety of other fruits are eaten as well. Figbirds usually forage high in the canopy, sometimes in the company of Olive-backed Orioles. Large flocks may congregate noisily at prolifically fruiting trees, and remain until the supply of fruit is exhausted. The seeds of the figs often pass undigested through the gut of figbirds, so they are able to germinate, though in some cases they provide pigeons with a convenient source of food.
Figbirds are part of a worldwide family that includes the orioles, of which Australia has two other members (the Yellow and Olive-backed Orioles). Males have bare, red skin around the eye, contrasting against a black crown and grey neck and throat. The remainder of the body is olive-green, except for a white under-tail area. Females have grey skin around the eye and lack distinctive head markings. They are brown-green above and dull-white below, streaked with brown. Both sexes have a blackish bill.
The Figbird occurs across coastal regions of northern and eastern Australia from the Kimberley region in Western Australia around to the New South Wales/Victoria border.
The Figbird lives in rainforests and wet sclerophyll forests, but is often found in urban parks and gardens, particularly those with figs and other fruit-producing trees. Information: BirdLife Australia
Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 - Have Your Vote!
It's that time of year again - thank goodness! We have just released the amazing 2022 Finalists to the media and hopefully you have managed to catch them and they made you smile A LOT. It's been a brilliant competition so far with some cracking entries, and it's going to be really, really hard to pick the winners. Yep, this is where we need your help!
Once again, the incredible team at Affinity Photo are sponsoring the People's Choice Award. You can enter via the website www.comedywildlifephoto.com, have fun voting for your favourite finalist, (which in itself is a great way to spend a few minutes with a brew and a biscuit) and you might win the prize draw and a tip top £500 in cash!! Just think what you could do with that?!
What are you waiting for? Terms and conditions apply. Voting closes on November 27th
School Leavers Support
- Download or explore the SLIK here to help guide Your Career.
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Pens Down For HSC: Congratulations Class Of 2022!
Friday November 4th was the last day of the HSC, marking the end of schooling for more than 67,000 students. The 2022 Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams were officially over at 3:30pm Friday, when 3,629 Design and Technology students finish their final exam.
Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said this marks the end of a 13-year schooling career for 67,327 HSC students.
“The Class of 2022 have worked tremendously hard to get to this point and I congratulate them for crossing this finish line,” Ms Mitchell said.
“I was so pleased to see exams return to normal this year, despite some disruptions due to floods. Thank you to the principals, schools, exam staff and families for their unwavering support in making the exams such a success.
“Every HSC student should be proud of what they have achieved over their senior years of school. The resilience, focus and adaptability they have shown will serve them well in the next chapter of their life, whether that is university, vocational training or employment.”
Over the past four weeks, more than 75,000 students were involved in almost 400,000 unique exam sessions at 780 exam venues across the state.
Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Education Standards Authority Paul Martin said delivering a state-wide exam program is no small feat, and this year was a success thanks to exam staff and the school community.
“I especially want to thank the school sectors, principals, school staff and exam supervisors for supporting all our HSC students,” Mr Martin said.
“After two years of COVID, one of our main concerns this year was the safety of students and exam staff, particularly as parts of the state responded to flooding. We wanted students to know that if it was not safe to attend their exam, they should stay home and speak with their school.
“I am incredibly grateful to the schools who supported their students, particularly in the Northern Rivers region but also across NSW in more recent weeks, throughout this challenging time.
“These are resilient communities who have supported their students right to the end of exams. I am sure they will be watching with pride as their students move on to the next chapter of their lives.”
HSC marking is already underway, with results to be delivered via SMS and email on Thursday 15 December 2022.
In the meantime, get out and leap about! :)
2023 Year 12 School Scholarship Program Now Open: DYRSL
Securing A Brighter Future For Disadvantaged Youth
Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Baker
- Bake basic bread products
- Bake sweet goods, including sponge cakes and biscuits
- Use food preparation equipment to prepare fillings
- Maintain a commercial kitchen
- Follow hygiene and safety regulations
- Calculate the amount of ingredients needed in recipes
- The confidence to begin your baking apprenticeship
- Strong foundational skills to kickstart your career
- Be comfortable handling commercial machinery
- Credit toward a full qualification
- A pathway to further study in baking
- Good communication skills
- Numeracy skills at the level of Year 9 at high school
- A passion for baking and being creative with food
- The ability to be an early riser
- An entrepreneurial spirit
- An aptitude for working with their hands
- Good time management
- Be able to provide your own uniform and equipment
- Have access to a computer and the internet
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate II in Baking qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 11 Units of competency, including 7 core and 4 speciality units.
Summer Skills Fee Free Courses
Summer Skills is a fee-free* short course program to support school leavers, aged between 15 – 24 years, obtain job-ready skills over the summer months.
Whether you plan to attend TAFE NSW, university, have a gap year or are still undecided, we have a course that can give you the skills for a brighter future.
Priority industry areas have been identified under Skilling for Recovery and include short courses in Early Childhood Care, Aged Care, Disability, Hospitality, Construction, Agriculture, Business and Administration, IT and Digital, Retail, Transport and Logistics, Manufacturing/Engineering and Sport and Recreation.
For example - starting November 23, 2022 at Ryde: STATEMENT OF ATTAINMENT IN COMMERCIAL COOKERY BASICS
Or starting November 24th at Ryde: STATEMENT OF ATTAINMENT IN ESPRESSO COFFEE
Find out more at: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/summer-skills
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be An Information Technology Administrator
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be An Architect
- Be The Boss: I Want to Be a Marine Electrician
- Be The Boss: I want To Be A Cabinet Maker
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be An Automotive Mechanic
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Biotechnologist
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Pilot
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Music Producer
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Gardener
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Builder
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Confectioner
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Ship's Captain
Word Of The Week: Dance
1. move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps. 2. (of a person) move in a quick and lively way.
1. a series of steps and movements that match the speed and rhythm of a piece of music.
c. 1300, dauncen, "move the body or feet rhythmically to music," from Old French dancier (12c., Modern French danser), which is of unknown origin, perhaps from Low Frankish *dintjan and akin to Old Frisian dintje "tremble, quiver." Through French influence in arts and society, it has become the primary word for this activity from Spain to Russia (Italian danzare, Spanish danzar, Romanian dansa, Swedish dansa, German tanzen, modern Russian tancevat').
In English it replaced Old English sealtian, itself a borrowing from Latin saltare "to dance," frequentative of salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.); "dance" words frequently are derived from words meaning "jump, leap"). Native words used for the activity in Old English included tumbian (see tumble (v.)), hoppian(see hop (v.1)). Related: Danced; dancing.
Meaning "to leap or spring with regular or irregular steps as an expression of some emotion" is from late 14c. Of inanimate things, "move nimbly or quickly with irregular motion," 1560s. Transitive sense of "give a dancing motion to" is from c. 1500. To dance attendance "strive to please and gain favor by obsequiousness" is from late 15c.
c. 1300, dance, daunce, "succession of steps and movements, commonly guided by musical accompaniment," also "a dancing party," from dance (v.). From late 14c. as "a tune to be danced to."
With many figurative senses: in Middle English the olde daunce was "the whole business," and the daunce is don was exactly equivalent to modern slang phrase the jig is up. To lead (someone) a dance "lead in a wearying, perplexing, or disappointing course" is from 1520s. Dance-band is from 1908; dance-floor from 1863; dance-hall from 1823.
P!NK - Never Gonna Not Dance Again
NB: Language warning on one word
INXS - New Sensation
House Of Pain - Jump Around
New Radicals - You Get What You Give
The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
Arrested Development – People Everyday
Seniors’ Stories Tell Special Tales Of Diversity
More Ways For Seniors To Stay Connected
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over
- Seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds
- Seniors who are carers
- Seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds
- Seniors living with disability, dementia, chronic disease or mental illness
- Seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds
- Seniors living with disability, dementia, chronic disease or mental illness
Have Your Say On Strengthening Quality In Aged Care
Freshie Masters Carnival - Saturday 19 November
Tobias Breider & Grace Kim Perform Forgotten Romance
AvPals Training Term 4 2022 At Newport
Scams Awareness Week 2022
- Scamwatch Report Form: If you’ve come across a scam you can report it here.
- Scamwatch reporting statistics: Provides up-to-date statistics on scams reported by Australians.
- Targeting Scams Reports: Our yearly report on scam trends and statistics.
- Helping a friend or family member who is a victim to a scam: Useful information if someone close to you has been scammed.
- Be Safe, Be Alert Online: Information on organisations who may be able to help when someone has been scammed.
- Where else to get help: Other organisations who might be able to help when someone has fallen victim to a scam.
- Little Black Book of Scams: Information on identifying a scam (available digitally in a range of languages).
- Protect yourself against scams
- Online shopping and banking
- Helpful apps for your smart device
- How to use home smart technology
- Selling safely online
How To Get The Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
- Cheaper prescription medicines: Those listed under the PBS are subsidised by the federal government.
- Bulk-billed doctor visits: At the discretion of the doctor.
- Access to the Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) Concessional benefit: This gives you a better Medicare refund for any out-of-hospital costs during a calendar year. The 2022 threshold amount for out-of-pocket hospital costs is $717.90. If you exceed this, you will be refunded 80 per cent of the amount or the EMSN benefit caps for hospital services. More information at the Medicare website.
- Additional concessions from state and local governments: Depending on where you live, these concessions can lower your electricity and gas bills, property and water rates, health care costs and public transport fares.
- Taxable income
- Target foreign income
- Total net investment losses
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Preventing Drowning By Improving Beach Safety Signage
- Messages in the languages of the people who are at most risk of coastal drowning
- Photos, not just symbols, of dangers such as jellyfish to improve messaging for non-English speakers
- Clear explanation of what the hazard is such as poison or sting
- Clearer colour coding: many safety signs are yellow whereas red indicates greatest dangers to many communities
Building Brighter Beginnings For NSW Children
- $111.2 million to bring health and development checks to all children in NSW preschool settings in partnership with health professionals;
- $98.7 million to continue and expand the number of Aboriginal Child and Family Centres across the state;
- $70.9 million to expand the transformational Sustaining NSW Families clinical nurse home visiting program;
- $57.2 million to develop the clinical interface of the Digital Baby Book; and
- $38.6 million to make Pregnancy Family Conferencing available to more parents across NSW.
New Unusual Bee Species Discovered With Dog-Like Snout In W.A.
Balancing The Autonomy And The Safeguarding Of Vulnerable Adults: New S.A. Report
- Retain the Adult Safeguarding Unit’s (ASU) remit to cover all adults vulnerable to abuse.
- Define the term abuse according to a relationship or situation of trust, power or dependency between the apparent victim and perpetrator.
- Introduce a clear definition in the Act of ‘safeguarding’ that protects an adult’s health, wellbeing and human rights, and enables them to live free from abuse.
- Include within the South Australian Charter of the Rights and Freedoms of Vulnerable Adults the entitlement of both older persons and persons with disability to live and make decisions without coercion, undue influence or psychological abuse.
- Grant the ASU the flexibility to take appropriate ‘safeguarding actions’ to meet the safeguarding aims of the Act and the unique needs of each adult.
- Include guidelines and toolkits to use when determining whether an adult at the subject of a report has the capacity to make decisions.
- Explicitly defining consent as a free and voluntary decision free of coercion or undue influence.
Ancient Genomes Reveal Hidden History Of Human Adaptation
Control Hub For Skin Inflammation Discovered
Top NSW Wine Award Acknowledges A Lifetime Of Service
- Mr Brombal has been undertaking representative roles in wine growing since 1979, as a foundation member of the Hanwood Grape Growers Association.
- In 1989 he was elected to the Wine Grape Marketing Board (now known as Riverina Winegrape Growers), being the Chair from 1998-2019, as well as an executive member of the NSW Wine Industry Association until 2019.
- Mr Brombal has also been the Chairman of national growers body, Winegrape Growers Council of Australia and was involved in the selection panel for the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation (now known as Wine Australia).
- The Award is named after former NSW Agriculture Deputy Director General Graham Gregory, who was instrumental in the development of the NSW wine industry and is presented retrospectively to an individual who has contributed to the NSW and Australian wine industry.
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