WULN Bulletin for July
Workshops, Field Days and Courses
Wetland Plant Identification Course with Rakali Ecological commencing November 22.This 3 day course is for anyone interested in wetland plant identification and ecology. Observe the changing seasons and water depths of the stunning Reedy Lagoon, Gunbower Island over a 6 month period. Each of the 3 days will focus on a different wetland habitat (wetting and drying) and associated plant community. Course presented by Damien Cook and Elaine Bayes. Only 25 places. See link for session outline, field guide provided, evaluations etc. 3 day course is $800 plus GST ($880). Register here
Opportunities to be Involved
Join the North East Dung Beetle Project
A simplified Dung Beetle Monitoring survey form is now available for the North East Dung Beetle Project. Anyone who is monitoring dung beetles, or wants to, can contribute – including historic information from trap, adhoc or other survey methods. If anyone wants to be able to access and contribute data to the project, please register on the Biocollect site https://www.ala.org.au/biocollect/ Then navigate to the project here
Join the Albury Wodonga Community Nestbox Monitoring Program
Help recover the population of the iconic Squirrel Glider in our bush parks and reserves! WULN, Parklands and Council’s Environmental Lands team seek community help to monitor squirrel glider nestboxes in our local parks. Join the team to be allocated some boxes to monitor, learn to use our equipment to check nestboxes and record what you find. It’s simple! No climbing involved, 4 times per year, training in using the equipment, great fun to do with a friend, simply pick up the equipment, check your boxes and return. Register HERE
Wooragee Landcare Photo Competition
Photo competition featuring Our Food and Nature – Farming and Biodiversity in North East Victoria. Categories: Farming in the North East/ Biodiversity (Native Flora and Fauna)3 Sections: Adult/ Secondary school/ Primary schoolPrizes: (each section) 1st $100/ 2nd $75/ 3rd $50 Plus special prize for Best Biodiversity Photograph taken on a Wooragee Farm.Closing Date – 13th October, 2018. Awards Night Supper – 27th October, 2018Entry forms available from, and entries to be submitted electronically to, Maureen Cooper. Email: email@example.com Ph: 03 5728 1311.
Friends of Chiltern Mt Pilot NP Field Day – Saturday, July 7
9:00 am - 3:00 pm @ Chiltern Post Office. Join us for a day of activities in the Park – may include weeding, planting, maintenance of infrastructure, checking nestboxes etc… Contact Mick Webster 0429017229 for more info, what to bring etc. All ages and levels of fitness and knowledge welcome!
Repair Café – Saturday 7th July
10:00 am - 1:00 pm @ Sustainable Activity Centre (The SAC) This month we’re featuring hand stitched leather repairs to handbags, luggage, swags, belts and dog collars, including reattaching straps to handbags and swags, replacing rivets, fixing buckles or punching extra holes on belts or dog collars. Note, however, there will be no shoe repairs. Maximum three items per person per session. Soldering WILL be available this session, but please note NO jewellery repairs.
Workshop on Composting Toilets – Saturday 7th July
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm @ The Sustainable Activity Centre. Learn how to make a composting toilet from scratch. It is not a fully hands-on workshop but one where you get all the instructions, basic information and background on how it works, as well as see the finished product. The workshop is FREE for SOAP House Design members (get your membership for just $20 per year on SOAP House Design website, and has a low fee of $10 for non-members, you can get tickets on Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=393488
Albury Wodonga Field Naturalists’ Club Show and Tell – Sunday 8th July
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Meet at 2pm 411 Jamieson Street, East Albury. Leader Neil 0428 235 964
Spotlighting Night Walk - Monday 9th July
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ Gateway Island Bush Park. Join Parklands Rangers for a night adventure spotlighting for nocturnal native wildlife in the Gateway Island bush park. Parklands have been working with the community restoring the native plants to the area in recent years to support native species including the threatened Greater Glider.Meeting Place: The Sustainable Activity Centre, Gateway VillagePlease wear warm clothes and closed shoes and bring a personal torch. Parklands will bring the spotlight. Please remember to stay with the Ranger and try not to scare the wildlife during the walk.Places are limited. Please book through our Eventbrite Listing.
Spotlighting Night Walk – Wednesday 11th July
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ Stringybark Reserve, Baranduda. Join Parklands Rangers for a night adventure spotlighting for nocturnal native wildlife in the Gateway Island bush park. Parklands have been working with the community restoring the native plants to the area in recent years to support native species including the threatened Greater Glider.Please wear warm clothes and closed shoes and bring a personal torch. Parklands will bring the spotlight. Please remember to stay with the Ranger and try not to scare the wildlife during the walk.Places are limited. Please book through our Eventbrite Listing.
Wetlands for Wildlife lecture – Friday 13th July
6:30pm, Senior Citizens Hall, Barkly St RutherglenA special lecture from Inka Veltheim, an authority on Brolgas, who will talk on the birds, frogs and reptiles that depend on wetlands. Light meal included. Enquiries to Rutherglen Landcare Group, Jenny 0418 169 917. RSVP by 6 July Jenny 0418 169 917.
Yenbena Woka Indigenous Festival - Friday 6th to Thursday 12th July
From 5:00 pm Friday @ Winton Wetlands. A celebration of First Peoples, their culture and the connectivity to the land and water. The festival will feature traditional arts and crafts, Aboriginal food, exhibitions and a program of author talks, guided tours, live music and dance. The sharing of stories and spirituality will offer an opportunity to indulge and celebrate traditions on country.
- Author Talks
- Artist in Residence – onsite installation
- Language sessions
- Indigenous Bike Ride
- Indigenous Astronomy
- Film showing
- Playground creativity sessions
Border Bushwalking Club – Mt Jack - Saturday 14th July
7:00 am - 5:00 pm. Finding a walk that is accessible in winter is tricky. Mt Jack, at the back of Dederang fits the bill nicely. Whilst it is all on 4WD track, these tracks are rarely used so we won’t be dodging vehicles all day. The walk is a loop that is accessed via private property and by crossing a number of creeks (depth of water is dependant on weather). On a clear day whilst climbing steeply (700m over 4km) up Billy Hicks Track you can see the main range. This climb will take us to the Mt Jack Track and from here its a bit up, a bit down, and a bit around till we get to the unassuming summit of Mt Jack. Following the North House Creek Track we will descend back to the flatter farmland and the cars. All up about 17km. Grade 4 Medium-Hard. Participant numbers: Up to 10Final booking date: Wednesday 11th July. Leader: Deb Phone: 0410047884 before 8pm
Community Gardening at Willow Park - Sunday 15th July
9:30 am - 11:00 am. Come and join us for an hour of gardening in Willow Park. We focus on the bush track, mulching, planting and weeding.Work at your own pace; all help is greatly appreciated. Followed by a social morning tea.
Spotlighting Night Walk at Glenelen – Monday 16th July
5.00 – 7.00pm. Parklands Albury Wodonga and West Hume Landcare invite you to celebrate the bush restoration efforts of the Glenellen community and find out who else is enjoying our beautiful local bush by spotting native nightlife on these ranger led walks. Rangers will bring the spotlight, please bring a small personal torch, wear good walking shoes.Turn east off Glenellen Road into Lemke Road and park 1km along Lemke Road just before the first bend in the road. Please Book here.
Spotlighting Night Walk at Jindera - Thursday 19th July
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Parklands Albury Wodonga and West Hume Landcare invite you to celebrate the bush restoration efforts of the Jindera community and find out who else is enjoying our beautiful local bush by spotting native nightlife on these ranger led walks. Rangers will bring the spotlight, please bring a small personal torch, wear good walking shoes. Dights Forest, 1.5km east of Urana Road on Adams Street / Dights Forest Road. For site map and booking go to: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/spotlighting-night-walk-at-jindera-tickets-47049001831
Clyde Cameron Reserve Tree Day 2018 – Thursday 26th July
11:00 am - 1:00 pm @ Clyde Cameron Reserve. Registered with Planet Ark (https://treeday.planetark.org/site/10018303), we will be planting native trees, shrubs and grasses along the back of the Murray Valley Private Hospital fence with Catholic College year 9 students and teachers, Wodonga Council Staff, Jacob Toyota staff and members of the public. The Wodonga Council will put on a free barbecue at about 12 noon for all involved. Please let Bruce know by Monday 23 July if you plan to attend by; firstname.lastname@example.org or 0478397254
Border Bushwalking Club – Mt Murramurrangbong - Saturday 28th July
7:00 am - 5:00 pm. Mt Murra towers over the Kiewa Valley Highway between Kiewa and Kergunyah. We will start/finish at the Kergunyah end and there is quite a bit of climbing involved, all on track and leading to splendid views, about 15 km in total.Grade 3 Medium. Participant numbers:12. Leader: Eileen Clark Phone: 0412042195. Final booking date: Wednesday 25 July
Albury Wodonga Field Naturalists’ Club outing to Milawa/Carboor - Saturday 28th July
9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Meet at Acacia Car Park, Wodonga for 9am departure. Mid Year Pub luncheon. Leader Neil 0428 235 964
Riverina Endurance Trail Running Series – Race 3 Albury Ranges - Sunday 29th July
8:00 am - 2:30 pm @ Bonnie Doon Park, Albury. Our series finale lets us explore Albury’s most famous range – Nail Can. Many have experienced segments of the area but its every corner is uncommonly trekked. The course takes you to summits of the far western and northern regions of the range before returning along the eastern shelf following exciting single track. Take the day out to find a part of yourself that you didn’t know existed. Further information at http://www.riverinatrails.org/
A 'Bold and Brave' 2018 Kerferd Oration – Sunday 29th July
11am, George Kerferd Hotel, Mayday Hills. This year's Kerferd Oration will be delivered by Northern Territory Senator Malarndirri McCarthy. Senator Malarndirri McCarthy is a Yanyuwa woman from the Gulf country in the Northern Territory. With a focus on bringing communities together and ensuring remote communities are engaged with and listened to, Senator McCarthy wants to encourage all Australians to be ‘bold and brave’ to develop a united vision for Australia. The annual George Briscoe Kerferd Oration is a free community event sponsored by Indigo Shire Council, La Trobe University, WAW Credit Union and Quercus Beechworth.
Friends of Chiltern Mt Pilot NP Field Weekend – Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Meet at Chiltern Post Office. This is our BIGGEST Field weekend ever – we are planting 4000 indigenous natives in Grasslands block of the Park, courtesy of Trust for Nature and the Regent Honeyeater Recovery Program. So we will need all hands on deck! Contact Mick Webster on 0429017229 for more information or see our latest Newsletter on our website. www.friendsofchiltern.org.au
BirdLife Ovens and Murray Swift Parrot Survey, Chiltern - Saturday 4th August
9:30 am. Meet at Chiltern Post Office. During this outing we will be looking for Swift Parrots and Regent Honeyeaters, as part of the twice yearly surveys to help the recovery effort for these endangered species, as well as enjoying the other birds that we find along the way.Leader: Phillip Seely
Border Bushwalking Club – Mt Samaria - Saturday 4th August
7:00 am - 6:00 pm. Mount Samaria State Park is between Benalla and Mansfield and has great views from a variety of locations. This walk of approx. 16km will visit Mt Samaria summit with its 360 degree views to The Alps and lowlands, Wild Dog Falls from where you can see Lake Nilhacootie and The Strathbogies and Spring Creek Sawmill ruins and kilns. The walk criss crosses the park and is on a variety of walking tracks with a few short sections on a dirt road.Grade 3 Medium. Leader: Deb, Ph +61410047884 before 8pm. Co-leader: Mick 0437101009. Final booking date: Wed 1st August
Federation Hill Community Planting morning – Saturday 11th August
10am-1pm, Fed Hill Reserve, access from Barton St. Residents, families and friends are invited to help the new Friends of Federation Hill plant trees and shrubs to provide habitat links on the hill behind Barton St. Join us for a BBQ lunch and chat with the Friends members after planting. This will be a good opportunity to talk to us about joining this new group if you are interested.Bring your favourite gardening gloves, wear good boots and please dress for the weather. We will provide tools, plants and free BBQ lunch.On the day, please park on Barton St and follow the signs.All are welcome. Please let us know you're coming by registering with our Eventbrite listing here.
House Creek Community Planting morning – Sunday 12th August
10am-1pm, House Creek in ‘the Paddock’ off Huon Creek Rd. Residents, families and friends are invited to plant trees and shrubs to restore habitat along the creek where environmental weeds have been removed. Join us for a BBQ lunch and chat about our ‘Restoring Habitat Linkages’ project after planting. This will be a good opportunity to talk to us about being part of a new ’Friends’ group in this area if you are interested.Bring your favourite gardening gloves, wear good boots and please dress for the weather. We will provide tools, plants and free BBQ lunch.On the day, please look for our Landcare signs on Huon Creek Rd for parking and access.All are welcome. Please let us know you're coming by registering with our Eventbrite listing here.
Felltimber Community Planting morning - Sunday 26th August
9:30am - 1pm. Lambourn Dr, West Wodonga. The Friends of Felltimber Creek invite families and friends to a planting morning restoring native groundcovers and shrubs to the beautiful Felltimber creek. This is a community led restoration project reclaiming the creek from environmental weed invasion and restoring native habitat. Come and see what has already been achieved, plant with us and enjoy a chat over a free BBQ lunch.Bring your gardening gloves and dress for the weather. We will provide tools and plants. Please let us know you’re coming via our Facebook page.