A chance inspection

Unfortunately sometimes the only way we get to see a bird close up is when it dies. In this case it was a juvenile Crimson Rosella. The colouring is beautiful.

 

Insect Plant Interactions

At our March meeting the topic was insect plant interactions. Here are some photos of different insects on an everlasting daisy. Each insect is getting something from the plant. Our 7 April meeting is something completely different and will be about the Falkland Islands. This year’s meeting topics and excursions list has recently been updated  – link

 

What is in a name?

Over the years there has been uncertainty in which name is correct for one of the sites we regularly visit. Do we go to Mt Beckwith or Mt Beckworth? At last night’s meeting a copy of a letter was presented that clarified the name to use. The letter written in 1988 was from Dr Jim Willis in response to Helen Burgess, one of our members.

in part it says …

My apologies for having kept you waiting nearly a month for a response to your letter of May 20th, re correa occurrence at Mt. Beckwith – I do think that ought to be accepted as the spelling, since Major Mitchell named the mount after his former military colleague, Col. Thomas Sydney Beckwith; goodness knows who subsequently mis-spelt the name “Beckworth”. Anyway, it’s a great pity that the musical aboriginal name of “Nananook” had not been retained…….

A window on our past

At our February 2017 meeting, Susan Kruss gave a really interesting presentation about some of the club history. Susan is undertaking a thesis “A Voice for Nature”, on the various ways our club has given nature a voice.

Here is a link to the slides with notes. Just click on one of the slides to make it bigger.

Digital Resources

Jacky Winter

Jacky Winter

At our club meeting on Friday night mention was made about the recent SWIFFT video conference.  It was all about new digital resources such as databases  where you may add your own sightings, projects,photos or chat with others interested in biodiversity. If you have records why not add them to a database where they can contribute to our knowledge of our local biodiversity. It would be a great place for your field reports.

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Reviewing the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Glossodia major Wax-lip Orchid

Glossodia major Wax-lip Orchid

The Victorian Government is reviewing the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, a key part of Victoria’s legislative framework for the protection and management of biodiversity.

The Act’s objectives aim to conserve all of Victoria’s native plants and animals. Continue reading

Victoria Dam Smythesdale

While out taking photos of duck orchids yesterday I took this photo of Victoria Dam with my phone set on panorama. Most water we have seen in the dam for quite a while.

 

Eucalypts of the Mount Alexander Region

Eucalypts of the Mount Alexander Region by Bernard Slattery, Ern Perkins and Bronwyn Silver is a great new resource.cover-single-page-euc-book This 90 page guide aims to help the beginner train the eye to see the differences between eucalypts. It shows the commonest species of the Mount Alexander Region but describes species common to the whole Box-Ironbark region so is useful in a  wider area. Sections on major species include drawings of buds, fruit, juvenile leaves and adult leaves by Leon Costermans.

The book is a community project of the Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests. Publication has been made possible by a generous grant from the Worrowing Fund through the Norman Wettenhall Foundation. The Castlemaine Field Naturalists’ Club and Connecting Country have also provided financial support.   link

 

Canadian (Woowookarung) Regional Park – Monitoring Vegetation Change

Some examples of Photo-Point data  –  recorded in Aug-Sept 2013 & 2016.
See Map of approximate positions of example sites on last slide.
The 5 examples are drawn from 17 sites recorded by the Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat.
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Example one – 2016 shows much improved soil cover, with good native herbs and some tree seedlings

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Example two – 2016 shows improved soil cover, with good regen of Eucalypts & Blackwood

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Example three – 2016 shows heavy invasion of Gorse, English Broom and exotic grasses, with some sedges and Cassinia
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Example four: – 2016 shows fair soil cover, with a mixture of weeds (Gorse) and native shrubs (mainly Cassini and a few tree seedlingsSlides4aPPT14LookingSouth.jpg

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Example four: 2016 show good soil cover with mainly Cassinia species and a few Eucs
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Many thanks to Colin Hancock of Ballarat Bushwalking and Outdoor Club for help with photography and GPS work. We were able to return to within 1 metre of the marker pegs at 16 of 17 sites, after 3 years.

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Photo below shows bushwalkers (BBOC) passing through very weed infested area near powerlines in SE Canadian in 2015. Burgan and English Broom seeding heavily.

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Lal Lal and Moorabool Falls

If you didn’t make it out to see the Lal Lal Falls in the last week, here are some photos from Friday.  There were lots of people looking at the water today.

Not everyone knows about Moorabool Falls and they are smaller than the Lal Lal Falls but close by.  It is a bit a a walk to get to them, but if you park in the carpark in Harris Road and take the scenic walk you will be rewarded with plenty of views and you may spot a wallaby or two.