Gardening in a warming world is a challenge for all of us.
‘Hotter, drier and less predictable: Your garden and climate change’ is an informative 30 minute presentation by local horticulturalist Fleur Stelling. The recording was made during a Zoom webinar on 17 June 2020, hosted by Gardens for Wildlife Albury-Wodonga.
View the recording by clicking here or on the image below.
Looking for way to get some fresh air and take your mind off coronavirus for a little while?
Join in the Wild Pollinator Count from home this week to connect with nature and get to know some of the smaller visitors to your garden or neighbourhood.
We were planning to run a public Wild Pollinator Count event in Wodonga, but that hasn’t been possible. Instead, WULN project officer Karen Retra has created some video resources to encourage you to join in from home.
Here’s your invitation to join the count (video, 5 minutes):
And for those who missed Karen’s talk at the spring network meeting, in the longer video below Karen discusses the diversity of insects you may see visiting flowers at your place. She also has tips for identifying the insects for a Wild Pollinator Count survey.
The Wild Pollinator Count project asks you to watch a flowering plant for ten minutes this week (12 to 19 April, 2020) and report the insects that visit.
You don’t need to be an insect expert
You don’t need fancy gear
You may be surprised by what you see!
It’s not only honey bees that are important pollinator insects. There are many other species also on the job, but our knowledge of them is often limited. You can help by looking out for them at your place.
You can do one ten-minute count, or do a few counts during the week (in the same or different spots, or on different flowers). Any flowering plant is suitable – native or exotic. If you don’t have a garden perhaps there’s a nearby park you could visit while getting some exercise.
The Wild Pollinator Count is a national citizen science project that began in Albury six years ago. Counts run for a week each autumn (April) and spring (November). The project aims to raise awareness of the many native species of pollinator insects, as well as build a data set of which insects are seen where and on which plants. You can participate from anywhere in Australia.
Today’s launch of the Wodonga Regional Waterway Action Plan at Killara celebrated improving the health of local waterways through a unique collaboration between the community and government organisations.
The Waterway Action Plan provides guidance for restoring and managing waterways in the municipality of Wodonga and was developed in response to community interest.
The development of the plan was led by Wodonga Urban Landcare Network (WULN) in partnership with Wodonga Council and the North East Catchment Management Authority (CMA).
President of Wodonga Urban Landcare Network Julie Hind said the collaboration was unique in being community-led and in covering all the waterways in a local government area.
“The plan provides not only an overview of the health of Wodonga’s waterways but also a creek-by-creek summary,” she said.
“It captures the environmental and cultural values of the waterways, the threats and issues, as well as best practice management techniques to restore and improve them.”
CEO North East CMA Katie Warner said the waterway action plan provides an opportunity for all the interested parties, including Wodonga Council, the CMA and community groups, to develop and understand the priorities and to work together to care for our waterways.
Wodonga Council’s Director Planning and Infrastructure Leon Schultz noted many activities to implement the plan’s actions were already underway.
“The council is pleased to be supporting community-led waterway projects, through community impact grants, providing resources and labour to assist ‘Friends Of’ groups and co-ordinating the removal of woody weeds along waterways.”
The launch and community celebration included a morning tea and a guided walk to view the restoration works in progress on the Kiewa River.
The restoration of the Kiewa River is a testament to the work of many community volunteers, students and local organisations, supported by governments at all levels over the years.
Do you or your community group have an engaging idea for a project that supports the environment, arts and young people? Are you on the look-out for seed funding to help make your idea a reality?
In conjunction with the Hugh Williamson Foundation, AVCLP is excited to invite expressions of interest in the Bug Blitz community grants program. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an expression of interest form and then ‘Show Us Your Pitch!’ by submitting grant applications using a short video or by making a brief presentation.
Expressions of interest close 5pm, Monday 31 August, 2015.
For more information about eligibility and how to apply, go to http://www.avclp.org.au/program_partnerships.html or call AVCLP Bug Blitz Grants Project Manager, Michelle Hudson on 0412 214 582.