K2C Groundcover Newsletter -No. 22 - May/June 2015
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K2C Groundcover Newsletter - Issue No 22 - May/June 2015


Greetings from the Kosciuszko to Coast Partnership

The Kosciuszko to Coast (K2C) is a partnership of thirteen organisations and numerous businesses, landowners and individuals (associate members) working with landholders in South East NSW (K2C region) to connect, conserve and recover our grasslands, woodlands, riparian and wetland areas, small bush birds, arboreal mammals and treasured forest communities and species. K2C is also a proud regional partner of national-scale connectivity initiative, the Great Eastern Ranges. For information about GER, see:

The K2C Partners are committed to building the connectedness, resilience and extent of natural vegetation and halting the further decline and loss of species across the K2C Region. The K2C Partnership aims to continue to build strong links to the community and to extend the Partnership through its associate membership program.
Through its Partners and the K2C core projects, K2C is committed to working with the community, including farmers, other landholders, townspeople, community groups and the indigenous community, to target areas of high quality and/or sensitive biodiversity and to help enhance linkages and potential linkages between them.
We trust you will enjoy this newsletter that is busting with news, project updates, a feature species piece and many upcoming events. Please scroll down to reveal the information. Oh, and please visit us anytime on Facebook.

Message from the Chair: Latest news & network newsletters: Project updates: Feature species: Funding opportunities and training: Events & volunteer opportunities:

K2C Executive Committee Chair’s Report

K2C Exec Committee is operating this year under a rotating Chair.  So Groundcover Newseltter readers will see notes in this and future editions from a range of people reporting to you as Chair.
K2C has entered a phase of major change bought upon it by a set of external factors.
Firstly, the Grasslands project undertaken with Myer Foundation is winding up.  Kathryn Wells is consequently very busy with many activities, especially those related to the Native Grasslands Sustainability Symposium she is running on our behalf in Canberra on 21 May.  Further details can be found below.
Secondly, the status of the Greater Eastern Ranges Initiative has now become clear and that operation is being significantly downscaled.  This means that there is no possibility for major funding in the near future through the GER channels that K2C has been priveleged to access in past years.  K2C is already working hard, in conjunction with all of its partners, to chase new funding opportunities.  However, in the short-term it is will not be possible for K2C to maintain all of the services currently accessed through our dedicated and hard-working Facilitator Lesley Peden.  We ask all of our connections to be as understanding as possible during this phase of change, and hope that we can move back to 'full service' in the longer term.
Acting K2C Chair, John Fitz Gerald

Carp tagged in Murrumbidgee River (near Bredbo) Please RELEASE & REPORT

31 tagged carp have been released into the upper Murrumbidgee River at Scottsdale (near Bredbo) and Murrells Crossing (downstream of Cooma).   The tagged carp are marked with a long yellow tag near their dorsal fin (see below).  These carp are implanted with electronic tags so their movements can be tracked to tell us how carp move up and down the river system.

We are asking recreational fishers to please RELEASE tagged fish if caught and report details to Bush Heritage Australia (mob: 0407 700 431).  A reward will be given for making a report.  Please take photos if possible.

Carp movement is being studied as part of the Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach Carp Research project in partnership with Bush Heritage Australia, NSW DPI (Fisheries) and the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust.  For more information about the UMDR Carp Research project go to: or contact Antia (UMDR Facilitator) on 0429 778 633.

K2C Region Bird Survey - Now in its 6th year

The bird surveys, which are part of our Kosciuszko 2 Coast partnership, have started on their 6th year, with plenty of helpers and plenty of birds to see.

A total of 87 species were recorded, which is a high number for the autumn surveys when many of the summer migrants have departed the region.

Forty-four sites were surveyed across 22 properties from Williamsdale down to south of Bredbo. The very dry spell through February-March had been broken last week with up to 100mm of rain in the region. Conditions on the morning were mild and relatively still although the sun didn’t break through until late morning.

Honeyeaters were a feature of the survey, despite the overcast conditions, which are generally considered less than ideal for migration. Movement was most pronounced at the sites in the Michelago region with small groups of yellow-faced and white-naped honeyeaters constantly moving through.

At other sites these species, plus white-eared honeyeater, brown-headed honeyeater, red wattlebird and eastern spinebill were spending time feeding on lerp rather than moving through. Fuscous honeyeaters were prominent in their usual habitat of apple box woodlands.

Some of the late-departing summer migrants recorded were western gerygone, mistletoebird, rufous whistler, noisy friarbird and fantail cuckoo. Flocks of species such as dusky woodswallows, diamond firetails and black-faced cuckoo-shrikes included a high proportion of immature birds, indicating a good breeding season.

It was a pleasure to see many robins, particularly scarlet robins, recorded on 14 of the 22 properties. And it’s always exciting to see the hooded robin, this time on 5 properties. Flame Robins are sometimes not recorded in the April surveys, but this time they were seen on 6 properties; perhaps the early snowfall in the mountains last week has hastened their appearance.

Brown treecreepers were recorded at 7 properties, including one group of 6 birds. A highlight for one survey team was a spotted harrier seen from the highway just north of Scottsdale. Another highlight was spotted quail-thrush on one property in typical habitat of dry forest on a rocky ridge.

Thank you Nicki Taws for arranging it all yet again, David for the Scottsdale photos and the COG volunteers, the landholders for their ongoing involvement  .... and last but not least to Kathleen who as usual did a lovely BBQ lunch at Scottsdale.

The next survey will be held on Sunday 11 October 2015.

Artists Society of Canberra (ASOC)
Native Grasslands Art Show

The Native Grasslands theme for the annual art show of the Artists Society of Canberra (ASOC) produced over 60 evocative works in a range of media on paper and canvas. Subjects included studies of the grasses themselves as well as flowering plants featured in still life and landscapes, as well as select unique fauna especially Golden Sun Moths, Emus and Dragons. Also there were abstract renditions of the light, colour and ephemeral flowers, immersing the viewer in the experience of grasslands, which was the style of the winner, Angharad Dean for her work on canvas.

Photo caption: Isla Patterson, water colourist with Patron of ASOC, former Senator Kate Lundy
Please click the link below for other ASOC photos:

It was an exciting and pleasing night with a high engagement by the artists and speeches from former Senator Kate Lundy, the Patron of ASOC, John Knox, the Managing Director of ACTEW Corporation, Alan Jones, ASOC Chair and Kathryn Wells, Kosciuszko to Coast  (K2C).  Tom Baker and Karen Williams of Molonglo Catchment Group were acknowledged for not only their support as sponsors but also for awareness of grasslands as an endangered local ecosystem.  The principal sponsors for the event were ACTEW Water and the three Catchment Groups of the ACT, FOG and the Myer Foundation - K2C Native Grasslands Project.

Grasslands struck chords with artists, sponsors and viewers alike. Staff from local organisations, such as Greening Australia and Bush Heritage, as well as grassland researchers from the ANU Fenner School, were there with a crowd of supporters and guests; all of whom appeared to greatly enjoy the art works and the jazz ensemble Tilt.  This was the second time ASOC has focused its theme on grasslands; the first being in 2011 in conjunction with FOG which had a theme on the ‘Beauty of Grasslands’.  It is likely that ACTEW Water and ASOC will continue both their association in the new venue at Bunda St, Civic and also with grasslands as a theme in future years.
Kathryn Wells, Manager of the Myer Foundation - K2C Native Grasslands Project.  

Nature Conservation Council - Spectacular Monaro grassland property for sale 'Severn Park (East)'

Sitting on the sweeping Monaro Plateau that runs off the eastern flank of Mount Kosciuszko Severn Park is a rich opportunity to continue the tradition of fine wool production while also making a proud contribution to the National Reserve System. The 1017ha property is close to the hamlet of Dalgety which sits on the mighty Snowy River - part of the nation’s folklore.

More details and images of this property can be found HERE

Equally, Severn Park (East) is two hours from the nation’s capital Canberra and under 1.5 hours to the finest ski slopes at Perisher in the shadow of Australia’s highest peak. Cooma is the nearest major centre and is approximately 50km away while Dalgety (once mooted as a possible site for the nation’s capital) is 10km.

Under its previous ownership Severn Park (East) has been a well-managed agricultural enterprise, mostly for merino sheep grazing and fine wool production. The family are renowned for their holistic approach to grazing and were published on the subject of grazing native grasses in the Eden-Monaro. Classified now as a ‘Conservation-agriculture’ property there is a rare chance to participate in creating a wildlife corridor that will help address threats to some of our most endangered species linking two major national parks

Protecting two Nationally Endangered Ecological Communities - Natural Temperate Grasslands and Upland Wetlands of Monaro Plateau including species like Snow Gum, Black Sallee, Candlebark and Ribbon Gum Grassy Woodland, Severn Park (East) also protects a known population of Grassland Earless Dragon (Tympanocryptis pinguicolla) listed as endangered nationally.

Severn Park (East) has two dwelling entitlements (STCA) with the option of many potential sites. Main power and landline traverses the property.

But it is the opportunity to purchase a property of such majestic significance that sets Severn Park (East) apart as both a wool producing property and one that protects our natural heritage.

If you are looking to buy a bush block like Severn Park (East) or any rural real estate in NSW for your weekend getaway perhaps you will consider a piece of rural land that is also habitat for many native plants and animals. All NCT rural properties for sale have been identified as important for their natural value and are sold with a conservation agreement in place.

For all inquiries about NCT rural land for sale, contact our Property Sales Manager, Adam Dawson, on (02) 6626 0303 or 0448 801 391, or complete the online contact form.

Office of Environment and Heritage - selection of short wildlife videos

Take a look at these incredible mini videos on the following topics:

  • Rainer Rehwinkel meets the Omeo Storksbill
  • Grevillea caleyi at the Baha'i Temple
  • Penny the tracker dog in action
  • Cryptic grasslands earless dragon
  • Manly's little penguin population get some new nest boxes
  • The secret life of a potoroo

Click link:

Murrumbidgee Landcare Update - May 2015

This update is to let you know of a number of opportunities for Landcarers for


We need your help - Silverleaf Nightmare survey + win one of 4 iPads
Nominate now- 2015 NSW Landcare Awards
Blue Star Sustainability Awards
New Landcare group for West Wyalong


Reptiles in the Canberra region - Murrumbateman Landcare - 7 May 2015
Fencing demonstration with Neville Prince - Humula - 13 May 2015
Tom Bullen (Tombullen) Water Storage walk - 17 May 2015
Landcare for singles - Canberra - 17 May 2015
Benefits of optimum grazing management - Binalong Landcare AGM - 19 May 2015
Hothouse workshop for Landcare committee members & volunteers - Wagga Wagga - 27 May 2015
Nature Conservation Council Bushfire Conference - 26-27 May 2015
Nominate now- 2015 NSW Landcare Awards - 31 May 2015
Managing environmental, social and cultural heritage - Canberra - 3 June 2015
NSW Landcare Conference - 1 September 2015
18th NSW Weeds Conference - 12-15 October 2015

For more upper Murrumbidgee catchment events, see » ACT Landcare






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To RSVP for any of these events, please contact:

Karen Jamieson, Program Manager, Murrumbidgee Landcare, ph. 02 69 33 1443,

Details for all these and other events can be found on the Murrumbidgee Landcare website: »

Regional Landcare Facilitator Update - May 2015

This update reports on a few things - please take the time to check the content and pass relevant items on to your networks and groups:

A brief update on South East Local Land Services
Muster for Landcare in the South East - workshop report
A message from departing Land Services Manager - Chris Presland
Landcare Awards
Hothouse workshops for Landcare groups
South East Local Leaders Program
Landcare NSW
Sustaining Landcare Campaign
Landcare NSW Muster - Claim the Date!
An opportunity for a Landcare partnership
NEW Bush Connect Grants Program – now openAMP Foundation’s Tomorrow Fund

Yass Area Network of Landcare Groups newsletter

Upcoming Grants & Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Group Meetings
Upcoming Landcare Events
General Landcare News
Go to: YAN latest newsletter

Science to Policy Leadership Program

The Peter Cullen Water & Environment Trust is again looking for a diverse group of people who are actively involved in water-system management to participate in our exciting leadership program. This unique program focuses on leadership and communication skills specifically geared towards bringing about positive change in water and catchment management in Australia.

Only 15 people will be selected and funded to undertake this journey of personal and professional discovery in 2015.

The Trust’s Science-to-Policy Leadership Program is unique in its focus on leadership and communication skills, bringing together participants from a variety of sectors across Australia.

Trust-sponsored applications applications are due 5.00 pm Wednesday 6 May 2015.

Employer-sponsored have a negotiable date in 2015.

Visit the Peter Cullen Water & Environment Trust website for more information and an applictaion form.

NEW Flow Hive - honey on tap

Take a look at this fantastic invention for honey lovers now coming onto the market.

Click here

Changes in the FROGWATCH citizen science program

In order to focus as much on the Science as we do on the Citizen we are planning to implement the following changes

1. Reducing the # of FROGWATCH sites from 500 to 100-150 and regarding all remaining sites as key sites

WHY?? – So that all FROGWATCH sites get monitored every year, which will make our data set more consistent and easier to analyse, e.g. doing a comparison between years. Since 2002 the number of FROGWATCH sites has increased every year, with many sites only visited once or twice. This inconsistency creates a lot of “data noise” and makes analysing the data set very difficult. Having less sites, which get visited every year makes the data set more manageable and the coordination of monitoring much easier.

In practise this means we will: keep most FROGWATCH sites with ongoing and consistent monitoring records; delete all private property sites with patchy, irregular records and all public sites that have been monitored only once or twice; establish new FROGWATCH sites in strategically important areas, such as different altitudes or in areas with proposed or recent development.

2. Introducing a monthly monitoring approach, similar to the Waterwatch monitoring, to supplement the FROGWATCH Census activities

WHY?? – A) Many Frogwatchers have noticed an earlier onset of breeding activities over the past 10 years and have pointed out that many more frogs were calling in the lead up to Census week than during the actual event.

B) Several frog species in the ACT do breed during winter or in summer and have so far not been included in our frog monitoring efforts.

C)  Warmer temperatures allow species which have previously not been recorded in the ACT, to extend their distribution range into the Capital Region.

To document these effects of climate change we desperately need to  a) monitor the shift in breeding season, b) include observations on winter and summer breeders, to gain knowledge on their potential behavioural changes, and c) closely monitor species advancing their distribution rage into the ACT

3. Establishing a range of FROGWATCH action teams (WEATHER, BREEDING ONSET, NEW SPECIES, HABITAT ASSESSMENT) for specific tasks 

WHY?? –

ACTION TEAM WEATHER    Some species can only be found under very specific conditions, which not always arise during Census week. To capture the distribution of these frogs we need volunteers to monitor designated areas after an email alert e.g. monitoring after heavy rain to capture burrowing frogs

ACTION TEAM BREEDING ONSET   we need fairly intensive monitoring over the lead up and during spring at a range of different habitats at different altitudes to investigate behavioural shifts triggered by climate change in our local frogs

ACTION TEAM NEW SPECIES    This group will spring into action to monitor designated spots for "new arrivals" at regular intervals.

ACTION TEAM HABITAT ASSESSMENT One of our future focus will be the interaction between habitat value and frog occurrence/abundance. To stream line collected data on habitat attributes I need a group of volunteers to help me evaluate ALL Frogwatch sites each year in spring. This may seem a huge task but with 6 teams of 2 it should all be done within a day.

In summary this means that the FROGWATCH Program is extending from a once-off fun citizen science activity to a more ongoing and question driven commitment to our local environment.  Streamlining the program will not only enable us to find answers to questions regarding habitat quality, species distribution, climate change and other important topics. It will also make us more consistent, relevant and applied and therefore ensure that the program will keep going well beyond my retirement (in 22 years).

As all this can only be done with your help, please spread the word, join our action team email list and/or adopt a FROGWATCH site for monthly monitoring!!

 I am looking forward to an overflowing mailbox!!!

Just a few more bits of information:

Fraser Artist and Landcare Volunteer wins Catchment Groups Native Grasslands Art Exhibition

Congratulations to Angharad Dean, Mulligans Friend and Mt Rogers Landcarer on her painting 'In Search of Lost Time 2' which won the ACT Region Catchment Group Art Exhbition. Over 60 works on the Grasslands theme were exhibited in the foyer of ACTEWAGL house Civic from 13-18 April. Angharad entered 2 works, describing them as remnants of what Bill Gammage describes as 'templates' managed by Aboriginal people before Europeans arrived. The exhibition, a collaboration with the Artists Society, was designed to use art to help raise awareness of the work undertaken by local Catchment Groups to improve sustainability and conserve the natural environment with focus on our critically endangered temperate grasslands.

Bettong walks @ Mulligans Flat

Have you heard about the twilight Bettong walks @ Mulligans Flat?? I was lucky enough to go on one of these great walks last week. The small group of participants of the guided walk met just outside the Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve. After a short introduction and a general overview we walked to the woolshed where we sat down to listen to more fascinating facts and stories while the last day light quickly faded away. Equipped with special red-light torches we then embarked on a "bettong hunt" or better on a “bettong eye-shine hunt”. It was soooo much fun. Everyone got very excited when we spotted our first bettong!! They are extremely cute and extremely fast. You blink and you miss it!! During our walk through the dark we spotted at least 14 bettongs, quite a few bats and -believe it or not- 2 frogs!! a Limnodynastis tasmaniensis was happily hopping in front of us, right in the middle of the path before sitting perfectly still for a few photo opportunities. While we were admiring its spots and all a whistling tree frog (Litoria verauxii) came hopping along and situated itself close to the spotted grass frog, as if to say: look at me- I am much bigger and better!!  What a sight. The whole night was just awesome and I highly recommend the walk, it is a great gift for everyone!!  For more information just visit

Friends of Black Mountain exhibition at Telstra Tower

Black Mountain Nature Reserve: A Special Place Exhibition

The exhibition has been created by the ParkCare group Friends of Black Mountain together with Molonglo Catchment Group, and is supported with funding made available by the ACT Government under the ACT Heritage Grants Program. It features a series of panels displaying beautiful photographs and up to date information about this special place.

From 11 April to 9 May 2015, 9.00am to 9.00pm daily. Lower Ground Floor, Telstra Tower, Black Mountain.

This is it for now

Please keep in touch and let me know if you or someone else would be interested to be part of an action-team. Feel free to circulate our newsletter through your networks!

Bush Heritage Australia - Saving our Species

You may have caught recent media around the launch of our new plan in the fight against Australia’s extinction crisis.

It was pretty hard to miss, with coverage spanning over 100 media outlets across TV, radio, print and online – national, state and regional! You can see the Channel 7 news story here.

It is supporters like you who have helped us embark on this ambitious plan to ‘Save our Species’ – by building sustainable research partnerships in each state and territory and doubling the number of collaborative research projects we undertake by 2025. Our research will focus on six flagship themes, each pivotal to our work and which address key biodiversity issues in Australia. 

If you’re interested in finding out more, visit our website to read the story, download the report and watch the video. Whilst there you can also access links to many of the media stories.

We are so thrilled to be launching such an ambitious vision for the future and we’re grateful to have your support as we do so.

Stay tuned for more on this exciting long-term project! 
Best wishes, Philippa Walsh, Executive Manager Conservation

Omeo Stork’s-bill - another discovery

An exciting discovery was made recently when a new population of the endangered Omeo Stork’s-bill ( was found. This brings the number of known populations in NSW to 4 and the world total to 5!

The new population was found on a dry lake-bed on private land near Dalgety NSW. Coincidentally, this property has recently been sold to none other than the NSW Nature Conservation Trust. This site is now in the process of having a management plan and conservation covenant developed for it. This means that the new population will be the first in NSW to have permanent security.
Monitoring of two other NSW populations is continuing, with weed control and feral control fencing being carried out. Actions have included fencing to exclude rabbits and wombats and weed control (Serrated Tussock) at Lake Bathurst, and weed control (African Lovegrass) at Maffra Lake. These sites are both on public land. The only other known NSW site up until late last year was on private land. The two populations on private land have both been visited and both have been assessed as being secure, in terms of their weed and grazing management. Both are on properties managed by highly progressive farming families that apply sustainable land management principles.
The Omeo Stork’s-bill is a very restricted species, with only 4 known populations in NSW and only one other, in Victoria. It is a very attractive plant and is confined to ephemeral lake beds and their fringes in south-eastern Australia.
Rainer Rehwinkel, Ecosystems and Threatened Species, Regional Operations Group, Office of Environment and Heritage, PO Box 733, Queanbeyan, NSW 2620, T: 02 6229 7110, Mob: 0427237595 W:

New Bush Connect Grants Program - NOW OPEN

The NSW Environmental Trust is inviting applications from eligible groups for grant funding under its Bush Connect program (Applications close 19 June 2015).

Grants are available for partnerships working to facilitate conservation connectivity activities within the Great Eastern Ranges corridor.

Partnerships can include community groups, government, NGOs and industry (including farmers).
Grants of between $250,000 and $500,000 are available to fund and support coordinated partnerships that will run for 10 years.

Program information
Go to the Trust’s website for more information about the Bush Connect program and application materials:

Questions? Contact the Trust, P: 02 8837 6093, E:

NSW Grasslands Pasture Day - 8 May 2015

Pasture fed Beef – how can we energise our pastures profitability to produce a quality product? Coastal and Highlands producers have the opportunity to hear the latest in pasture research at the Grasslands Society of NSW Pasture Update funded by MLA and supported by Local Land Services and NSW DPI.

Fiona Leech, Senior Land Services Officer - Mixed Farming, South East LLS
* Alternative Fertiliser Trial
Dr Warwick Dougherty, Senior Research Scientist, NSW DPI
* Nitrogen use in ryegrass/kikuyu pasture systems and soil carbon in coastal pastures
Neil Griffiths, Technical Specialist, Pasture Production, NSW DPI
* Kikuyu management in the a new climate
Brett Littler, Senior Land Services Officer – Livestock, Central Tablelands LLS
* Pasture Fed accreditation systems
Cameron Allan, Sustainable Feedbase Resources Program Manager
* MLA Update
Amanda Britton, Senior Land Services Officer – Pastures, SE LLS
* 2015 pasture demonstration update
Ashley Senn, Industry Development Officer, NSW DPI
* Water Use Efficiency: which pastures performed well under
Steve Exton, Leader Beef Performance, NSW DPI
* NSW DPI research update

After Lunch: Farm Visit to Manildra Farm – hear from Farm Manager, Steve Thompson regarding their soil and pasture management and what they did to win the 2014 NSW silage competition.

Local Contact: Amanda Britton, Senior Lands Services Officer – Pastures,
Mob: 0427 102 793

When: Friday 8th May
Time: 9.15am (registration) 9.30am – 3.30pm
Venue: Bomaderry Bowling Club, 154 Meroo Rd, BOMADERRY, NSW
Admission: $20 includes lunch and morning tea
RSVP:  Friday 1st May 2015
Complete the registration form and send to
Janelle Witschi, Secretary NSW Grasslands Society
Phone: 0408612235 E:

Download the flier and registration form here:

Make a date to plant a tree and see what Blossoms! - 17 May 2015

The 2015 Landcare for Singles tree planting event is taking place on Sunday May 17. 

This event provides the perfect opportunity for those who enjoy the outdoors and are also on the lookout for that special someone to try a unique form of speed dating or in the case of Landcare for singles – speed planting.

Plant a new plant with a new person every 10 minutes and then join everyone to mingle over a free tasty BBQ lunch.Even if you don’t meet your match, at least you will feel fantastic having done something positive for your local environment. 

No previous experience is required. People will be grouped into teams and encouraged to plant with other team members.

When:  Sunday 17 May 2015, 9:30am – 12:30pm, followed by a BBQ lunch 
Where: the event is located on a farm on the Monaro Highway south of the ACT. Details and maps will be provided to registered participants. 
Transport: Participants can drive their own vehicle or take advantage of a free bus. Pick up available in Canberra City or at Kambah. Details and maps will be provided to registered participants. 
What to bring: Sturdy footwear, sunscreen, hat, water, gardening gloves (if you have some), warm clothes and wet weather gear. Refreshments, lunch, loos and all other equipment will be provided.
To register: Register here or search Landcare for singles on Eventbrite
For more info or if you have any questions contact:  Sally on 62052913 or email

Professor Richard Duncan, ‘The impact of humans; patterns of bird extinction in remote Pacific Islands’ - 21 May 2015

The remote islands of the South Pacific were the last habitable region on Earth to be colonized by humans. A massive extinction event followed human colonization, with fossil deposits revealing the loss of thousands of bird populations on islands across the Pacific. However gaps in the fossil record mean that considerable uncertainty surrounds the magnitude and pattern of these extinctions.

Thursday Talks are held at 12.30pm every Thursday from February to November in the Gardens’ Theatrette. Talks last for 1 hour. Admission is by gold coin donation. There is no need to book. For more about the Friends of the ANBG lunchtime talks visit the Friends' website at

NCCs 10th Biennial Bushfire Conference - 26 & 27 May 2015

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW is proud to present its 10th Biennial Bushfire Conference 'Fire and Restoration: working with fire for healthy lands'. The call for abstracts has now closed and the conference program will shortly be published. Registrations are open.

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW invites you to view the full Bushfire Conference program below.

Register for the conference

This two day, multi-disciplinary fire management conference will focus on how fire can be used to rehabilitate degraded landscapes, restore ecological integrity and reinstate resilience into the environment and the community. The conference builds upon themes identified in previous conferences by further exploring the use of fire as a restoration tool. Using scientific evidence, on-ground case studies and Aboriginal cultural knowledge in collaboration with practical risk management strategies, the conference will highlight how healthy ecosystems are an integral component of prepared and resilient communities and can be a useful component in helping to manage risk with climate change an increasingly powerful factor.

The conference represents, not only 20 years of Bushfire Program conferences, but also 35 years of the Bushfire Management Program and 60 years since the establishment of the Nature Conservation Council. It will feature interesting historical accounts, focusing on lessons that have been learnt, and the progress that has been made in the field of integrative fire management.

The program will explore four key questions to support agencies and communities in their efforts:

  1. Why do we need to use fire for restoration and how does this practice link with risk management?
  2. What does using fire for restoration mean for different groups including: ecologists, councils, Aboriginal communities, farmers, fire agencies, regeneration teams, Local Land Services, National Parks and others?
  3. How are people currently implementing fire for restoration and what would they like to be doing? This includes the practicalities and logistics of ecological burns, challenges faced and outcomes achieved.
  4. Where to from here? How can knowledge be developed and distributed, how can confidence in using fire be built, what gaps need to be addressed and how can strengthening networks help?

Who should contribute? Fire ecologists, fire agencies, restoration consultants and any organisations, agencies/communities/individuals using fire to restore bushland or grassland.

Who should attend? People involved in bushfire planning, management and operational activities, including property owners and volunteers as well as people involved in ecological restoration and management, such as bush regenerators and consultancies.  

Conference Registrations are now open!

Register for the conference

Accommodation options

Key Dates:

Conference dates: Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 May 2015 in Sydney

Early bird registrations close: Friday 27 March 

Is your agency/organisation interested in sponsoring the conference?

Conference Sponsors

We would like to acknowledge the generous support of our conference sponsors

Assistant Professor Dianne Gleeson, ‘Wildlife detection using environmental DNA’ - 28 May 2015

Associate Professor Dianne Gleeson research interests are in the application of DNA technologies for biodiversity conservation outcomes. Specifically this has been applied to population genetics of threatened species (invertebrates & vertebrates) and in the developing field of wildlife forensics. She is interested in application of next generation sequencing technologies to applications within ecology such as species detection from trace DNA samples and diet analysis of gut/scat contents.

Thursday Talks are held at 12.30pm every Thursday from February to November in the Gardens’ Theatrette. Talks last for 1 hour. Admission is by gold coin donation. There is no need to book. For more about the Friends of the ANBG lunchtime talks visit the Friends' website at

Dr Martin Fortescue, ‘Booderee National Park: the jewel of Jervis Bay’ - 4 June 2015

Martin, Booderee National Park Resource Manager, will discuss a new book on Booderee NP written in collaboration between ANU and Booderee researchers and talk about some of the benefits of the enduring research partnership.

Thursday Talks are held at 12.30pm every Thursday from February to November in the Gardens’ Theatrette. Talks last for 1 hour. Admission is by gold coin donation. There is no need to book. For more about the Friends of the ANBG lunchtime talks visit the Friends' website at

Dr Tony Orchard, ‘Allan Cunningham: King’s collector for Kew’ - 18 June 2015

Allan Cunningham was sent to Australia by Sir Joseph Banks to collect plants for the King's Botanical Garden at Kew (now Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew).  He traveled via Brazil (1814-16), arriving in Sydney in late 1816 and died there in 1839. He joined Oxley in the first expedition into inland New South Wales, before accompanying Phillip Parker King on four voyages to chart the north and northwest coast of Australia. In his subsequent expeditions he became one of the most successful explorers of inland NSW and Queensland, discovering, among other things, the Darling Downs of Queensland.

Thursday Talks are held at 12.30pm every Thursday from February to November in the Gardens’ Theatrette. Talks last for 1 hour. Admission is by gold coin donation. There is no need to book. For more about the Friends of the ANBG lunchtime talks visit the Friends' website at

Looking for scientist/inventor volunteer for Carp Research Program - Scottsdale Reserve

Our Scottsdale Reserve located 45 minutes south of Canberra, is undertaking a Carp Research Program in a collaboration with the Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach, NSW Dpt Trade & Investment (Fisheries), University of Canberra, Associate Professor Mark Lintermans and Andrew Norris (developer of the carp net trap). 

This program monitors the effects of reducing carp numbers in the upper Murrumbidgee River as well as collect carp otoliths (ear bones) used to age each fish and determine population structure of the species in this location. 

This multi-year project has proven to be extremely successful and garners a large number of Canberra based volunteers each week who assist directly with the research.

However the looming colder months have presented a problem – the Carp are no longer attracted to food sources, they are now looking for heat.

We are looking for a volunteer who may be able to design a heat source system for the project to enable a year round result.

If you have an interest in design, mechanics, solar heating or just a very practical imagination, we would love to hear from you.

The design would be undertaken from your home but we would bring you to Scottsdale for the implementation.  This design will also feature heavily in our social media and Bush Heritage Blog.

The attached Position Description will provide you with further details.

Many thanks, Michelle, National Volunteer Program Coordinator, Bush Heritage Australia, T: +61 0427 818 014, F: +61(0)3 8610 9199, Skype Username: michelle.stook1

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