Diario del proyecto Budawang Coast Atlas of Life

08 de febrero de 2023

Late Notice: 'Using Sanctuaries to Restore Degraded Ecosystems' online Thur 9 Feb 7-8pm

Presentation to NPA NSW meeting by Neville Barrett, Marine Science Research Fellow, University of Tasmania
'Using Sanctuaries to Restore Degraded Ecosystems' - Thursday 9 February 7-8pm online
Neville’s research has helped to improve our understanding of marine life and ecosystems in the temperate reef systems on the East Coast of Australia. He will share examples of how we can best design marine sanctuaries to protect important predators, such as the lobster, to keep our underwater world healthy.

He will explore how marine parks can help inform understanding and management of urchin barrens? What causes barrens and are they natural? Why are they where they are? What can/should we do about them? How do they impact biodiversity and ecosystem function?
FREE TICKETS HERE https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/join-us-for-a-webinar-nsw-marine-parks-working-group-tickets-529147984867?aff=odeimcmailchimp&mc_cid=cc0026bc5a

This presentation will be very educational for all levels of knowledge and particularly relevant to those attending Nature Coast Marine Group's S.O.S. Paddle Out on 12 March at Narooma.
https://www.ncmg.org.au/news-events/paddle-out-2023?ss_source=sscampaigns&ss_campaign_id=63e345d797d3136f1600b9a2&ss_email_id=63e349b597d3136f1600c2d7&ss_campaign_name=Neville+Barrett+presentation&ss_campaign_sent_date=2023-02-08T07%3A05%3A52Z

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20 de enero de 2023

iNaturalist training in the field 21 January and 1 February

On behalf of The Coastwatchers Association, Jenny Connelly will be holding more iNaturalist training sessions.
Saturday 21st January 9am and Wednesday 1st February 9am
Allow a couple of hours.

The next location is at Dalmeny, with the Dalmeny Matters group, but others are also welcome to attend.
Meet at the end of Elanora Street.
Please download the iNaturalist app to your phone.
Jenny will cover photography techniques, uploading photos, joining projects, GPS obscuring rare spp - whilst walking the Dalmeny trails.

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23 de diciembre de 2022

New Committee and Season's Greetings

Another successful AGM with the following elected to committee
Chair - Annie Lane
Deputy Chair - Fiona Stewart
Secretary - Michael Irving
Treasurer - Michael Jefferis
Committee - Vicki Barclay, Margie Burk (new), Alison Dalyell, Tricia Kaye (new)
Alison stepped down as Secretary, and Evelyn May and Gerard Proust have resigned from the committee. Thank you for your contributions. And welcome to Margie and Tricia.

We now have 191 project members, 72,921 observations, 5,751 species, 2,861 Identifiers and 2,094 Observers, a significant increase in past 12 months.

In 2023, the BCAL committee intends to coordinate more educational and participatory events across our region. Look out for an event near you.

Have a happy festive season and catch you next year.

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22 de diciembre de 2022

Share the Shore campaign

Alex Pike (Saving Our Species) has provided resources to promote the ‘Share the Shore’ campaign to assist endangered beach-nesting birds during their sensitive nesting period. There will also be advertisements on social media during the summer encouraging visitors and tourists to be mindful of nesting birds, and what behaviours to avoid!

Here are some resources he's developed to read and share.

Contact Alex if you would like to know more about what they do! He loves a chat about shorebirds.
Alex Pike, Senior Project Officer | Stakeholder and Communications | SAVING OUR SPECIES
Biodiversity, Conservation and Science | Department of Planning and Environment
alex.pike@environment.nsw.gov.au 

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04 de diciembre de 2022

Gang-gang project updates from Michael Mulvaney

To all Gang-gang nest watchers
Thank you so much for your support in locating nest hollows. To date this year we have located

  • 3 nests near Campbelltown, though one of those may have been abandoned following stormy weather
  • a nest on Woodhilll Mountain near Berry
  • a nest at Huskisson
  • 2 nests in Durras area
  • 15 nests in Canberra area
  • a nest at Cascades camping area, Wadbilliga National Park
  • no up-to-date information with the situation in Moruya

Hollows have been searched for in the Southern Highlands, the Albury-Wodonga area, the vicinity of Wombat State Forest and the Greater Melbourne area - but no luck yet. It seems likely we'll track down a nest in the Southern Highlands, there's been activity at Plenty Gorge and we are close to nailing down a location of an East Gippsland nest. The height of hollows in the Canberra area (average 7.5m) is much less than the 20m+ average elsewhere and hence are a lot easier to find. Nevertheless we already have enough 'non-Canberra' hollows to finalise our paper on the relationship of fledging time to altitude. Hollows in the Cooma and Tumbarumba areas will be checked next week.

The first hatching of eggs in a hollow in Canberra were on or around 27 November. Which means we are expecting our first fledging around 15-20 January, which is 2-3 weeks behind what it has been in the past. If this trend occurs across the Gang-gang range then we can expect the Huskisson, Campbelltown and Durras nests to fledge from about 20 December onwards. 

Please keep your eye out for and collect Gang-gang feathers for sending to Stacey. For details see https://www.environment.act.gov.au/nature-conservation/conservation-and-ecological-communities/gang-gang-cockatoo-feather-collection-project

With the help of Stacey and Laura (ACT government), wildlife cameras have been placed above several Canberra nest hollows in order to get better information on predator visitation and predation. Your watching and in particular the number of chicks fledged per hollow will tell us much about breeding success.

UPDATE: Thanks again for all your watching and reporting, we are learning a lot that was previously unknown about this cockatoo. In my last update I stated that we were expecting fledging in Canberra to be delayed by at least 2 -3 weeks. We have now found 18 nests and been able to count eggs or chicks in about 12 of these. In 11 of these, there were either eggs, newborn chicks or as in the nest at Campbell Park a combination of both (one egg two chicks). Then we found a nest on Mt Ainslie and to our surprise it contained two well advanced female chicks that seem to be close to fledging - at least we think within the next 3 weeks - which would be equivalent to our earliest fledging time - so fledging at the one vicinity can be widely staggered - the two nests are only a few kilometres apart at about the same altitude.

Michael Mulvaney
If you have any data or sightings please email mulvaney@netspeed.com.au
Join project https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/gang-gang-nests-tree-hollows-search

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29 de noviembre de 2022

New Native Bee Book, available now!

Native Bees of the ACT and NSW South Coast – A spotter’s guide by Peter Abbott
This guidebook introduces you to the gentle art of spotting and identifying native bees, highlights the many and varied native bees in the ACT and NSW South Coast region, is highly illustrated and written in non-technical language to assist you to become familiar with the local native bees. It also provides simple visual clues to assist in identifying the major bee groups and many individual species. The aim of the book is for everybody to become native bee spotters and advocates for native bee conservation.
Available online and at local bookshops (including Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens, Ulladulla and Moruya bookshops). For further information and details on availability www.nativebeesACT.net

Native Bee ACT and South Coast group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/585007439318188

 

 

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24 de noviembre de 2022

Budawang Coast Atlas of Life AGM - dinner after meeting

If you are planning to attend, email if you'd like to join us for dinner at Milton Ulladulla Bowling Club so we can confirm numbers for booking budawangcoast@gmail.com
Tuesday 29 November 2022 4.30-6.30pm, Ulladulla Civic Centre, Lower Auditorium
Get 'free' tickets https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/budawang-coast-atlas-of-life-agm-2022-tickets-443914780057
Guest presenters:
'Saving our Species projects across the Budawang Coast' by Lorraine Oliver, Snr Team Leader, Department of Planning and Environment’s Ecosystems and Threatened Species team
Learn about the numerous new and ongoing projects to support the persistence of many threatened species and ecosystems in the Budawang Coast region and the team who are doing all the hard work.

'Green and Golden Bell Frogs' by Lucy Loft, Community Engagement Officer South East Biodiversity Conservation Division
A little over 10 years ago, Green and Golden Bell Frogs were recorded in 1000s across the Crookhaven floodplain. Over the last 9 years, numbers and distribution of frogs in this population have crashed! Nowra residents and enthusiastic Citizen Scientists are being called in to help save the population.

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18 de noviembre de 2022

South East Environment Spring 2022 newsletter

Since last newsletter, over 10,000 trees planted to restore Milton Ulladulla subtropical rainforest
Newsletter link: https://mailchi.mp/environment/south-east-environment-spring-15748587?e=c726dfc76a

Some of the stories ...
Healthy Country for Glossy Black Cockatoos Project - this new project has been launched to help protect Glossy Black cockatoos. These birds are significant for Aboriginal people on the south coast because of the many stories attached to the bird. An Aboriginal advisory panel is working hard to find ways to protect the Glossies using culture as a guide. https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/news/healthy-country-for-glossy-black-cockatoos

Smoky Mice allowed to run free - 13 captive-bred critically endangered smoky mice have been released into the wild in the South East Forest National Park. This is a world first release for the species. Link to video https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-16/endangered-smoky-mouse-released-wild-south-east-nsw/101338246

New iNat project in our region to protect tree hollows and significant habitat trees in our region. Join the project https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/tree-hollows-and-significant-habitat-trees-in-australia

Stream south east webinar series online - if you missed out on watching the series live you can now watch it at your leisure https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/news/south-east-environment-webinar-series

A stinky search for the Long-footed potoroo - Searching for scats is all in a day's work for our ecologist Dr Joss Bentley. But what she is doing with them in this latest project is ground-breaking. A new technique looking at the DNA of predator poo, is being trialled by Joss and her team on the far south coast to find the elusive long-footed potoroo. They are hoping to find its DNA in predator scats, and confirm the species still exists in NSW. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-10-13/search-for-long-footed-potoroos-in-scat-dna-in-south-east-nsw/101524002

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16 de noviembre de 2022

Budawang Coast Atlas of Life AGM

Tuesday 29 November 2022 4.30-6.30pm, Ulladulla Civic Centre, Lower Auditorium

'Saving our Species projects across the Budawang Coast' by Lorraine Oliver, Snr Team Leader, Department of Planning and Environment’s Ecosystems and Threatened Species team
Learn about the numerous new and ongoing projects to support the persistence of many threatened species and ecosystems in the Budawang Coast region and the team who are doing all the hard work.

'Green and Golden Bell Frogs' by Lucy Loft, Community Engagement Officer South East Biodiversity Conservation Division
A little over 10 years ago, Green and Golden Bell Frogs were recorded in 1000s across the Crookhaven floodplain. Over the last 9 years, numbers and distribution of frogs in this population have crashed! Nowra residents and enthusiastic Citizen Scientists are being called in to help save the population.

Get your 'free' tickets https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/budawang-coast-atlas-of-life-agm-2022-tickets-443914780057

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13 de noviembre de 2022

GSB2022 is approaching 210, 000 Records ...

... and only need 1500 records before we reach this milestone.
208,580 OBSERVATIONS
23,063 SPECIES
3,388 IDENTIFIERS
6,057 OBSERVERS
There are a few participants in very remote areas that may keep adding records as internet becomes available. Have you added all you records?
Have you helped with the ID's?
Have a look at the umbrella and see if you can ID 5 or 10 things in our region! https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/great-southern-bioblitz-2022-budawang-coast

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