Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare - Return & Earn fundraising drive

28 Nov 2018 (All day)
For the next 3 months, you can help Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare raise funds by choosing to donate your Return & Earn refund to us!
 
Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare are now listed as a donation partner on the Reverse Vending Machines at Woolworths Wagga Wagga North (Gurwood St) and Woolworths Lake Albert Road. Simply return your containers as normal, then select the option on the machine to donate your refund, and pick Wagga Urban Landcare as your donation partner.
 
Please help Wagga Landcare raise funds, by returning all your drink containers over the Christmas/New Year period!

Black and White Bird Watching - Murrumbidgee Field Naturalists

Freckled Duck non-breeding Campbel'ls Swamp - Phil TenisonPearl Bluebush Mariana sedifolia - Rowena Whiting

I couldn’t find Campbell Swamp named on Google Maps, so it’s no surprise that I got lost (twice) on our Saturday March 16 Club outing trying to find it – even though I’d been there (twice!) before. Some might say I have a poor sense of direction; I prefer to be thought of as a person who “investigates alternative routes”.

Having eventually arrived I found the area as life-filled as I remembered, from both a plant and animal perspective. In relation to the former, I clung to Eric like a gecko on glass, both along the entrance path and the boardwalk (more on this safety hazard later) as he described many of the species extant, such as the lignum thickets and swamp couch. Striking was the crystal clarity of the shallow water, being perennially filtered by this same aqueous flora. In some places it was the inland equivalent of coastal seaweed-adorned rock pools.

The spacious bird hide, with its information display and adjacent signage, is pretty special, and I was proud that it was a long-ago initiative of the Murrumbidgee Field Naturalists. A  hide is a wonderful place for field ornithology as, not only does it allow one to be close-up and personal with our avian subjects, but one can even chat, eat and stroll about – oh, and spy on birds of course. I leave it to Max to supply the full – impressive – list for this very enjoyable and informative outing.

Glossy Black-Cockatoo Count - Murrumbidgee Field Naturalists 2nd March 2019

Glossy Black-Cockatoo - Barry AllenGlossy Black-Cockatoo - Nella SmithAfter a very extended dry period we had up to 50 ml in the Narrandera, Brobenah and Cocoparra Ranges a fortnight before the census. We thought we would struggle to find dams with water in them at all and that was the case in Binya State Forest and the Cocoparra National Park. The Narrandera Hills and Brobenah had some dams with water. This could actually have been a good thing as it concentrated the birds into one area. In the end we looked at dams that we had looked at in previous years which is a good thing for ongoing data. If anyone heard a begging youngster though I would like to know about it and add it to my records.

The total of birds seen in Narrandera Hills was 14, Brobenah 9, Cocoparra 12 and Rankins Springs 17 (In Narrandera, Cocoparra and Rankins Springs birds were seen at one dam).  The largest range of other birds seen was at Brobenah by our gun birdwatcher, Max Sullivan

Many thanks to all who participated and the landholders for assisting with the count and for allowing us access to their properties.

Nella Smith

Calendar of Events 2019

Our Calendar of Events for 2019 is now available!

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What did we get up to in 2018?

Check out some of the activities Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare got up to in 2018!

Outdoor Movie Nights, Memorial Gardens & Botanic Gardens - March 2018

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World Wetland Evening – Thursday 31st January 2019

Spoonbills at Fivebough Kathy TenisonWorld Wetland Evening Fivebough Kathy TenisonThe World Wetland Evening was part of a global event organised to celebrate the positive input wetlands all over the world have in cleaning up river systems, buffering floods, providing habitat for a large diversity of wildlife and providing a wonderful place for us all to visit and enjoy.

Fivebough Wetlands provided an ideal venue for our World Wetland Evening. We saw a good number of bird species (28x) including Freckled Duck, Red-kneed Dotterel, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Yellow-billed and Royal Spoonbills. Given we are suffering the effects of a prolonged drought it was great to see these birds calling Fivebough home.

Sixty people took part in the workshop that covered such topics as wetlands in our region, birds, frogs, history, management and climate change impacts. We began the evening with a wonderful Welcome to Country by William Ingram.

Erin Lenon spoke about some of the decisions that are made in order to provide water to wetlands. It is certainly not an easy job to know what water is required where with several delivery partners involved. These decisions include maximising environmental outcomes, not intending harm/adversely, using local knowledge and negotiating consent.

Movies Under the Stars - Wagga

2 Mar 2019 - 6:30pm
Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare, together with South Wagga Apex, are proud to present Wagga’s free outdoor cinema series for 2019!
 
Come along to a beautiful night under the stars, with a fun family movie to entertain you. The events are all free, so grab a rug and bring the family!
 
There will be refreshments and drinks available to purchase at each event, with all proceeds from sales supporting Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare.
 
Full details are available here: WWUL – Movie nights 2019
 

Movies Under the Stars - Wagga

16 Mar 2019 - 6:30pm
Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare, together with South Wagga Apex, are proud to present Wagga’s free outdoor cinema series for 2019!
 
Come along to a beautiful night under the stars, with a fun family movie to entertain you. The events are all free, so grab a rug and bring the family!
 
There will be refreshments and drinks available to purchase at each event, with all proceeds from sales supporting Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare.
 
Full details are available here: WWUL – Movie nights 2019
 

Discover why we need wetlands - Leeton

31 Jan 2019 - 5:00pm
Where are the MIA Wetlands?
What’s a Ramsar site?
How do we manage a wetland?
What lives there?
Climate change impact?
 
Explore the wonderful world of wetlands, and how we manage them into the future!

ROCK OF AGES with Murrumbidgee Field Naturalists

Lake Cowal - Wedge-tailed Eagle Kathy TenisonLake Cowal Rock - Rowena Whiting Mal Carnegie is a rock: a tall, tough country boy born and bred in this same unforgiving land which hosts the Evolution gold mine, the epicenter of our outing on November 24, 2018. He is also the rock upon which the success of the Lake Cowal Conservation Centre is assured, which has its home adjacent to the gold mine.

It was in their spacious tearoom/conference centre that Mal welcomed us with a mandatory video on mine safety. Apparently, with the stringent obligations of OH&S attached to Australian mines, too much safety is never enough. And this colossal enterprise is, happily, Aussie owned and operated.

Our host then gave us an informative talk on the mine and its history; along with lots of operational facts and figures. This is indeed a major industrial complex just 40 or so kilometres north of sleepy West Wyalong.

Then he escorted us on a tour of the mine; hard hats, hi-vis vests and safety glasses for all. We looked, for all the world, like a party of desperate politicians canvassing for regional votes!

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