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Volunteering

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.

Nuts on Ants

Ant3799 thumb.jpgThere 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?

Looking after the bush: Do ecosystems need predators?

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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 Nardoo Hills Bush Heritage reserves trip

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.
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January 2013 Indigenotes

Indigenotes_23-4_thumb_tiny.jpgLoads of excellent articles and great photos! Vegetation protection, public speaking, reveg at Lysterfield South, Schoolkids meet the HeHo, Insect Diary, when to stop surveying, DSE burning and more!

Indigenous Nursery Map

This map is a constant work in progress. Some of the listed nurseries may no longer exist, may no longer sell indigenous plants, or may not pay close attention to provenance. If you find any errors in the map, or a nursery that should or should not be listed, please contact us at nurseries@iffa.org.au

Lizard Lounges and Butterfly Bars

With the vast variety of colourful and attractive plants available, why would a person choose to devote a large proportion of their garden to growing plants from their local area?

For many of us, it is because we want to attract wildlife to our garden.

September Indigenotes

Indigenotes 23-3 cover thumb tiny.jpegThe latest delicious issue of Indigenotes thanks to Mick Conolly for layout, Amy O'Dell for editing and proof-reading help, and of course the contributors. Contents include Butterflies and Habitat Restoration, The Wonders of Belly Botany, Biodiverse Sustainable Revegetation, reviews and news.

Government moves in on vegetation protection laws

DSE has just released a consultation paper following a review of native vegetation clearing regulations in Victoria. The paper represents the State Liberal Government's insidious attempt to water down vegetation protection laws (namely the Native Vegetation Framework) through a series of proposed reforms.

Butterflies and habitat restoration - a critical commentary

John Reid’s article in Indigenotes 23:2 concentrates on the particular food plants of butterfly species, and advocates their establishment as a method of conserving and restoring butterfly populations. Although such plantings are a fundamental requirement, this is an oversimplified approach, since butterflies, like other animals, require much more than food.

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