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June 2014 Indigenotes

Fabulous fungi, working on weeds and standards in ecological restoration. This and more in this mid-winter issue of Indigenotes.

  • Brian Bainbridge looks at the work being done by the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) to develop a set of national principles and standards around ecological restoration and allied practices.

Plant Blindness test

Plant blindness is the inability of people to see or notice the plants in their own environment. The term is from a theory put together by Wandersee & Schussler (1999).

Plants have enormous importance in our biosphere and in human affairs. Individual species each have unique biological and aesthetic features. Humans though tend to be anthropocentric, and rank plants as even more inferior than other animals. This attitude is part of plant blindness.

Principles and standards for Ecological Restoration and Rehabilitation

Can one set of standards and principles apply across a field as broad as Ecological restoration?

Can they embrace the work of volunteers and professionals, NGOs, government agencies and multinational corporates? Can one set meet the needs of a tiny urban reserve Friends group, a marine park manager, a director of mine rehabilitation and visionaries of continental habitat corridors?

The recently established Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) is developing just such a set of principles and standards.

Fabulous Fungi photography brought to life with Timelapse Photography – Ian Bell

31/08/2014 11:15 am
Australia/Victoria

Fungi 5 small.pngTime-lapse photography is a great way to bring fungi and plants to life.

It is not difficult or expensive, it just requires a little preparation and a lot of patience. Ian Bell will show you how and provide a simple guide.

Rare Victorian Plants Workshop

22/06/2014 9:15 am
Australia/Victoria

The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne are conducting an All-day Workshop on Sunday 22 June on the topic Rare Victorian Plants, What & Why! with a range of very experienced presenters.

See the workshop outline and booking form below.

http://www.iffa.org.au/IFFA-files/MEDIA_promo_Rare_Plants_WShop_22_June_...

http://www.iffa.org.au/IFFA-files/00_winter_2014_booking_form_onscreen.docx

Draft Australian Heritage Strategy open for comment

The Draft Australian Heritage Strategy is open for public comment until 9 June 2014.

Don't be fooled into thinking Heritage Strategies are only about built or cultural heritage. The strategy includes natural heritage as well.

I haven't read the draft in detail, but do you trust the current government to do the right thing by natural heritage???

The strategy can be found at http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/australian-heritage-strategy.

Minibeasts and Microhabitats Presentation

01/05/2014 6:30 pm
01/05/2014 7:30 pm
Australia/Victoria

P1070319 Wood white BB (302x308).jpgBrian Bainbridge, President of the Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association, will present an illustrated guide to creating a habitat garden using local plants to attract a diversity of wildlife.

This is a Moreland Library service Readmore Event.

You can book for this event here
http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/minibeasts-and-microhabitats-registration...

From the President February 2014

I regretfully set aside my natural tendency for optimism for this letter. In case you have not heard, in Victoria, biodiversity protection legislation is ‘critically endangered’.

New Flora of Melbourne at the printers

Marilyn Bull and George Stolfo excitedly confirm that the new Flora of Melbourne has finally been sent to the printer, and is due for release in July 2014.

The Trouble with Offsets

An excellent piece from the ABC on Background Briefing about offsets. You can read or listen at http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/backgroundbriefing/2014-03-...

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