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Join us for a winter walk in the woods with amateur mycologist John Walter. John is a knowledgeable mushroom enthusiast and will take us on a guided tour to explore the vast diversity of mushroom species around his home in Drummond. Come along and learn about the fascinating and often underrated kingdom of fungi. Depending on the weather conditions and the occurrence of mushrooms, we will also be exploring bryophytes.
We oppose the recent government decision to open Victoria’s National Parks to development for tourism opportunities.
Victoria is the most heavily cleared state in the nation and its unique biota requires urgent management to conserve it for future generations. This move continues the direction of your government towards exploiting, rather than protecting, our precious, struggling ecosystems.
I have never felt at ease in the summer’s heat, drought and bushfire smoke. My adopted Volcanic Plains home features bleached shadeless grasslands swept by moisture-sucking winds and hard cracking clay. In this year’s intensely dry summer, it is a hard landscape to love.
Over the past few years I have been experimenting with garden design in small spaces using my inner city balcony as a trial site. I have had success with a vertical garden using recycled soy milk containers.
Long time IFFA member Penny Algar describes an indigenous garden suitable for just about the smallest location imaginable.
Two years ago, I moved to Australia from The Netherlands. Being an ecologist, it quickly became clear that not only the species diversity in Victoria alone is higher than in my entire country, I also had no idea what species I was looking at half the time. Furthermore, I realised that I didn’t know anyone who could tell me! It wasn’t long until I found out about the benefits of volunteer work.
There is a traditional dance piece from Ghana (a country of west Africa), a particularly fast tune with plenty of drumming and clapping, that breaks into a regular chorus of ‘nuts and ants!!!’. When asked why these two things are yelled out so ecstatically, the dancers aren’t too sure and shrug their shoulders. It is an old tune and no one is too sure where the nuts and ants came into it, but why not celebrate these things?
Predator control programs can lead to increasing populations of herbivores with serious consequences for the wider ecosystem. They are justified where there are significant species threatened by the predators, but this isn’t always the case. Decisions to implement predator control should therefore be based on assessments of the likely consequences, according to this article from Jeff Yugovic.
IFFA members were buzzing as they met in Wedderburn on a Sunday morning last August. The Nardoo Hills Bush Heritage Reserves we were about to visit are not usually open to visitors, so this was a rare chance for us to examine this remarkable place.