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Wednesday, 15 November

22:07

No birds today Natural Newstead

but there was 10 mm of beautiful, drenching rain!

You could hear the bush sighing with relief.

A brief visit to Demo Track found Red-anther Wallaby-grass Rytidosperma pallidum in great shape. Also known as Silver-top Wallaby-grass and revised from Chionochloa pallida and Joycea pallida this local native species is great habitat for Painted Button-quail.

Red-anther Wallaby-grass, Demo Track, 15th November 2017

16:39

MAINfm is looking for a Station Manager (paid) 94.9 Main FM

STATION MANAGER for MAINfm.

MainFm is a community Radio Station based in Castlemaine. We were recently awarded Australias most outstanding small station by the CBAA.

The position is a paid part time role (3 days per week) 6 Month Contract.

The station is seeking to recruit a person with experience in voluntary based community organisations.  Knowledge and experience in radio or the media is desirable but not essential.

Employment beyond the initial six months is subject to further funding.

Copies of the Position Description and the Information Pack are available from the secretary via email: alantaylorcastlemaine@gmail.com

Applications must be lodged with the secretary by the COB Friday, December 1, 2017.

 

Click here for a Position Description.  Station Mgr PD v2 Nov 2017

14:40

Last Bee in the garden

The last working bee for spring (ahem..) will be on this Sunday from 10am for a couple of hours or so. If you havent been able to attend any bees yet, heres your last chance. And the last chance of frost seems to be over too, so its a great time to plant Come Continue reading Last Bee

12:12

20 Nov 2017 Rubbish clean-up in roadside vegetation Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club

Three or so times a year, the club has committed to cleaning up the rubbish that has accumulated in a high quality native woodland.  This is located along a ~2km signposted section of the Pyrenees Hwy roadside reserve to the west of Castlemaine (i.e., on the road to Newstead; near the golf course).  The next Clean-up will be on Monday 20th November, and again we are seeking members and other interested volunteers to join the effort.  You might even get to hear or see a Scarlet Honeyeater!

If you are interested in helping out, meet at the corner of Pyrenees Hwy and Willy Milly Road (next to Tait Decorative Iron) at 9am on Monday 20 Nov.  Wear sturdy footwear and bring gloves. Garbage bags and reflective vests will be provided.  It is usually all finished by 11am.

Please Note: Rules prohibit anyone under 16 years from working on the roadside.
Thanks to Geoff and Geraldine Harris for coordinating this regular activity.

Tuesday, 14 November

14:02

Reed-warbling Natural Newstead

Ive been trying for years to get some decent images of Australian Reed-warblers, especially that iconic shot of one perched sideways on the stem of a reed. It remains an ongoing project.

This bird was spotted singing in a small patch of Common Reed on the east side of the Joyces Creek bridge. It was so focused on calling that it pretty much ignored me as I approached slowly and managed this sequence.

Also, interesting to note is the psyllid damage on the River Red-gum leaves in the background on a couple of the images. Many of the local eucalypts are suffering at the moment. This post on the FOBIF site is an excellent summary of some of the issues.

Australian Reed-warbler, Cairn Curran, 12th November 2017

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