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Last year Cattai Hills Environment Network (CHEN) volunteers sampled for platypus DNA using a new innovative technology called environmental DNA (eDNA) across the Cattai and Little Cattai Creek catchments. We got back nine positive results out of the eighteen sites that were tested. A very exciting result as this meant a small platypus population is living in our midst! CHEN volunteer sampling for platypus DNA To continue this sampling, in the following year of 2021, CHEN partnered with Sydney Water and Western Sydney University (WSU) to sample double the number of sites we did last time across the catchments. With the help of a group of community ...
Tackling weeds in the landscape is an important focus for many in the Landcare community. This is because weeds in Australia damage our natural landscapes, agricultural lands, waterways, and coastal areas by displacing native species, contributing to land degradation, and reducing farm and forest productivity. This damage also comes at a very significant cost, with a 2018 report [1] for the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions estimating that weeds impose an overall annual average cost of nearly $5 billion across Australia. Given this, it’s easy to feel that we should just be getting rid of all weeds in the landscape as soon as possible. But weed management ...
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Landcare Webinar Series

The #LandcareWebinarSeries brings people interested in sustainable land management and conservation activities together. It showcases the rich diversity of knowledge, passion and expertise within the landcare community. Hosted by a facilitator, speakers in the webinars present content ideas to inspire people and provide tools that people can apply with their groups in their local community to manage the environmental issue in their patch, and support community resilience. Subscribe Make sure you subscribe so that you can watch any session in the series, ask questions, and interact with presenters and other viewers. By subscribing you'll receive email ...
Published by Landcare Australia: From kindy to year 6 students, Vanessa Anderson’s ‘ecosystems’ quilt is inspiring endless conversations and hands-on learning about the local environment – with the Local Landcare Coordinator (Wentworth) now planning to use the quilts as an ongoing activity for Junior Landcare groups. Eager to make something interactive for 'Sunray Warriors', an annual event held near Mildura for primary schools, Vanessa approached a friend to make her a basic quilt. Next, she added sticky Velcro dots so that children could add a variety of laminated critters to where they thought they might ‘live’ on the quilt. “As we live on two rivers ...
We live in times of uncertainty and change. Bombarded on a daily basis with information about the state of the planet, it’s no wonder young people can feel overwhelmed and unsure on how to make a meaningful difference. At present, Australia is facing some of the highest species extinction rates in the world, as well as experiencing increased pressures on biodiversity and natural resources due to land clearing, development, climate change and land-use pressures. ​​If we are to reverse the damage that has been done, and ensure a sustainable future is secured for future generations, we need to act now. No generation feels or understands this more than youth. And ...
A wonderful field day. So much knowledge shared & so well organised. Thanks Team #farwest #emu #NSW-WesternLLS #whitecliffs #brokenhill #FarmingAgricultureLandManagement ​​​​​​
BRPG raise the bar on good stewardship The Barfield Road Producer Group (BRPG) has recently been awarded a grant through the Landcare Farming Program to demonstrate good stewardship of their natural resources. “As a group we’d like to gain a better understanding of environmental market opportunities and risks in our region” says Melanie Shannon. Committed to finding evidence-based pathways to demonstrate their stewardship, the Barfield Road Producer Group will assess the feasibility of a soil carbon project with the assistance of the Land Restoration Fund as well as undertaking accreditation under Accounting for Nature – an internationally recognised ...

Praying Mantis egg sac

HI, Hope this qualifies as fauna? I was collecting the egg sac for a researcher and found a mantis next to it. was it guarding the babies or waiting to eat them? The picture is a bit blurry though! #NativeFloraFauna
Have you ever wanted to make a short movie about your Landcare project but haven’t the foggiest idea where to start? Watch this step-by-step guide on how to film your incredible Landcare project. Volunteers all over Australia have a story to tell - what better way than documenting your work on video? While writing about or taking photos of your conservation or sustainable agriculture efforts are effective methods, nothing grabs attention like a short movie clip. Landcare Australia have put together an exciting new resource to help Landcare groups capture their amazing projects in the best light. You don’t need any fancy equipment – just your ...
A very successful day at the Lions Club of Taylors Lakes Music and Picnic in the Park, where the Greening Taylors Lakes Branch held a stall to attract volunteers, sell plants and seek support for projects.
Landcare heroes from across Australia have secured a brighter future for over 50 species of threatened Australian animals thanks to the WIRES Landcare Wildlife Relief and Recovery Grants Program. Read more about the program here: https://landcareaustralia.org.au/news/50-threatened-species-benefit-from-landmark-wildlife-grants-program/ From Leschenault Catchment Counciland Shire of Dardanup building Collie River Eaton Possum Sanctuary to rescue Western Ringtail Possums from the brink of extinction, to Arid Recovery protecting Burrowing Bettongs, Greater Bilbies and Shark Bay Bandicoots by drought proofing their wildlife reserve in South Australia's arid north, ...
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has completed a review of Phase 2 of the National Landcare Program (NLP) by examining the effectiveness of the program against its intended outcomes. Phase 2 of the NLP involves a $1.1 billion investment over five years, from 2018-19 to 2022-23. The review has been conducted in consultation with regional NRM organisations, Landcare groups, farmer groups, industry bodies, Indigenous groups and research providers. Review findings The findings of the review can be found in the February 2022 Review Report . The report finds that Phase 2 has achieved positive impact at a local, and often regional, ...
What makes soil so important? Soils help meet societal needs, providing food, energy, and nutrients. They also help minimize the impact of climate change and promote healthy ecosystems. Below are two reasons why soil is so important: Soil is home to many living things Soil is key to the carbon cycle Benefits of soil conservation Soil conservation contributes to sustainability and offers the following benefits: Improves soil quality and productivity Optimizes water infiltration Provides food and shelter Soil conservation practices Soil conservation is key to environmental sustainability: It helps protect natural resources and watersheds, ...

Appreciation

Today is a writing day. It is early in the morning and though I should be hard at work working on some bookwork (the GST beckons!), my mind is drawn outside by the sound of magpies heralding the morning, and crows in the distance chatting as they scour the landscape for a breakfast. I decide instead to write my first piece for Landcarer, and as I open the first file of pics saved to this hard drive, I realise that nearly every photograph in every folder is of a plant, or a horse, or a cow, or a sheep, or a tree, or a flower, or the beach...sometimes there are people, but usually they are accompanied by one or another of those things. Some images are of people ...
On Saturday 4 December 2021, the Werribee River Association hosted an in-person cultural-educational walk and talk with a Wadawurrung Traditional Owner at Presidents Park, learning about the landscapes, culture, and traditions of Wadawurrung people, who lived and cared for the Wirribi Yaluk for tens of thousands of years. Wadawurrung People are the Traditional Owners of the land at Presidents Park. Wadawurrung Country covers over 10,000 square kilometres from the Great Dividing Range in the North, to the coast in the south, from the Werribee river in the east, and to Aireys inlet in the west, which includes Geelong and Ballarat. We visited Tarneet Islands, ...
The Hawkesbury Nepean Riverkeepers hosted a training day on assessing riparian health using "Rapid Appraisal of Riparian Conditions". It turned out to be a fun day in the field learning techniques to assess catchment health. Riparian habitats are where terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems meet. They are vital sites in a catchment supporting high levels of biodiversity. Given the extensive degradation of riparian zones in Australia, there is a need for a rapid method of measuring riparian conditions to underpin strategies for improved management. The Rapid Appraisal of Riparian Condition index is made up of five sub-indices, each with a number of indicator variables: ...
With Spring Springing in the temperate parts of Australia it’s time to celebrate the season! Pollinator Week 2021 is 13-21 November. On October 19 educators joined Sam Harrison, a Labcoat Learning Educator and Landcare Facilitator, in a professional development webinar. They delved into the wonderful world of plant pollination and learned how it takes place - some of it was very supprising! There were even live bees and butterflies on display! Discover the pollinator activities in the Junior Landcare Learning Centre . This webinar was an opportunity for educators to help Landcare Australia understand what content they would like to see on the Junior Landcare ...