What is Landcare Fire Recovery?

Upper Goulburn Landcare Network
Since the devastating Black Saturday bushfires of Feb 2009, the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network has been working with landholders and local communities in the Murrindindi and Mitchell Shires to rebuild and rehabilitate the local environment on private property.
This blog presents some of the stories.
To find out more about our program or to volunteer with one of our projects contact Landcare Coordinator Chris Cobern on 5736 0104.
Or by email on ugrecovery@gbcma.vic.gov.au

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Grouse house for marsupial mouse

This nestbox may seem a rather large for these little fellows, but its a safe haven, at least. This and several other nestboxes were installed in July 2011 at Happy Valley in Flowerdale, as part of our UGLN nest box project. These boxes are actually designed for Sugar Gliders (Petaurus breviceps) and were built by volunteers from Rotary, South Australia.

Agile Antechinus (Antechinus agilis) are carnivorous marsupials related to quolls, devils and thylacines. You’d know it too, if you were ever to hold one in your bare hands, as they have a mouth full of sharp teeth used to catch and eat invertebrates. Their bite hurts, but rarely draws blood!

These two are last years babies. Either they’re just visiting, or they haven’t yet begun making a nest in this box. At this age, they’ve only recently been weaned and this could be two animals looking for a new home. Sexes are similar so its not possible to tell the sex of these two. In a recent study here in the Strathbogies, dispersing Antechinus travelled between 400m and 1750m (straight-line distance) from their mother’s home range!!, so these fellas might be strangers in town and very grateful to find an empty hollow.
By Bertram Lobert.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Conservation Volunteers Woody Weed Blitz

CVA at Narbethong
Volunteers from Conservation Volunteers Australia have been assisting UGLN with our weed control program.
CVA at Number Two Creek

Using the cut & paint method and handweeding the volunteers have been removing many hectares of woody weeds from private and public land affected by the 2009 fires.
The volunteers have removed holly from The Hermitage at Narbethong and Stony Creek in Kinglake West, English and Cape Broom from roadsides in Pheasant Creek and Kinglake, Tutsan and Blackberry from The Number Two Creek in Kinglake and Flax-leaf Broom in Strath Creek.

Conservation Volunteers is a not for profit organization whose mission is “connecting people with our environment.”
For more information, or if you would like to join the teams as a volunteer, contact Conservation Volunteers on 1800 032 501 or go to there website: http://www.conservationvolunteers.com.au/