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Saturday, 03 November

21:00

Rosehill Garden Concert Concerts & Gig Guide in Gippsland

Saturday 3rd Nov, 10.00am Sunday 4th Nov, 4.00pm, Rosehill Farm
Ripplebrook

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Monday, 15 October

08:35

Citizen Science Survey Camp Spring 2018 Mountain Journal

The Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO), based in far east Gippsland is hosting a citizen science survey over the Melbourne Cup long weekend in November (November 3 6, 2018).

You will learn from the dedicated and passionate ecologists and activists at GECO whose citizen science campaign is saving forests from logging. Well be based in and around Goongerah, including surrounding high conservation value and old growth forests, and the iconic Kuark forest.

These camps are a great chance to learn about how special these forests are, while contributing to their protection.

GECO say:

This camp will visit forests on the lands of the Bidwell, Gunnai-Kurnai and Monaro people. We acknowledge their ongoing custodianship of these forests and pay respect to their elders past and present.

The camp is free of charge. But donations to cover costs are most appreciated.

Youll gain skills to put into practice and get involved in the GECO citizen science campaign.

We will also conduct nocturnal spotlighting in forests that are under imminent threat of logging. If our surveys are successful, theres a chance we can protect these forests and stop them being logged.

Youll gain skills in wildlife spotlighting, using GPS, remote fauna camera use, forest and rainforest survey techniques, and youll experience some of Victorias most spectacular old growth forests, that are still under threat from logging.

We suggest you arrive on Saturday during the day to be ready to start the program on Saturday evening.

We will have the GECO kitchen tent set up with communal gas burners, cooking pots and pans, bowls, cups and cutlery etc.

You need to supply your own breakfast and lunch, and snacks during the day.
Dinner will be provided for Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights at a cost of $20 per person for three nights. Meals will be Vegan and Gluten free.

The kitchen will be available to use each morning for breakfast, lunch will be eaten in the bush on field trips.

Families and children are welcome.

Full details available here.

05:49

Our Port Arthur historic site day trip and tips Wyld Family Travel

There are some places that will instil the fear in most people and the Port Arthur prison must have done that back in the day when it was a fully functioning convict prison. I can tell you that because even as it stands now in ruins on the tip of a little bay it still has the power to make you feel a slight shiver of fear.

Standing in the sun you could feel beautifully warm but as soon as the wind picked up it could cut you to the bone with its iciness. I can only imagine how much the Port Arthur convicts would love the beauty of this place but hate it at the same time.

Port Arthur Prison

The Main Prison at Port Arthur from the water

 

Port Arthur Australia is one of the countries top attractions

 

We arrived at 10.45 after making the trip from Hobart to Port Arthur with Gray Line. I made a beeline to get my first look at the Port Arthur Historic site after taking the girls to the toilet after we first arrived. We made our way quickly down to the oval to take some pictures before the Port Arthur Historical Site got too busy with visitors for the day. We then made our way back up to a small balcony just inside the entrance so we could join the free tour which started at 11.00.

The tour was conducted by an employee of the Port Arthur Historic Site and the knowledge he had was amazing. We were taken to the majority of the main buildings or a central point where they would tell us about what had gone on there. As you toured more of the Port Arthur historic site the harsh conditions that the Port Arthur convicts had were made more and more evident. From harsh working gangs that built so much of Tasmania to the brutal punishment of the separate prison where Port Arthur convicts were sent into solitary confinement.

The tour only goes for about 45 minutes and gives you a taste of what to expect as you tour the actu...

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Sunday, 14 October

13:38

Climate change influencing tree death in times of drought Mountain Journal

In Australia, we know that climate change driven fire regimes are impacting on plant species in mountain environments.

Research published earlier this year in the journal Nature Climate Change describes a series of sudden and catastrophic ecosystem shifts that have occurred recently across Australia. These changes, caused by the combined stress of gradual climate change and extreme weather events, are overwhelming ecosystems natural resilience.

In the south east of the continent, in terms of massive fires (greater than 250,000 ha), Victoria experienced two such events in the 19th century and five in the 20th century. In less than two decades, we have already had three mega fires in the 21st century. This has led to fears that Alpine Ash could become extinct in many parts of the alps unless we intervene through more extensive wildfire suppression or artificial seeding. It appears that increased fire frequency is the key factor impacting on the likely survival of plant species like the alpine ash.

New research, covered in the Colorado-based High Country News, points to temperature rise as an issue for mountain species in sections of North America.

In New Mexico, pion and juniper trees have been dying in huge numbers and it appears that climate change is increasing the death rate.

During the drought of 2002 and 2003, pion died throughout the Southwest of the USA in historic numbers, more than 90% in some areas. As Cally Carswell wrote recently in High Country News, at first, the cause of the trees demise seemed obvious. The punishing drought badly weakened them, and when beetles bored through their bark, the trees couldnt muster enough sap to pitch them out. Once inside, the beetles mated, multiplied, dug tiny tunnels and spread a fungus that cut off the flow of water and nutrients, killing the tree.

But Dave Breshears, a University of Arizona professor and arid lands ecologist who had studied the woodlands for years, suspected that the truth was more complicated. During the 1950s drought, tree death seemed less extensive, even though that drought was longer and drier than the more recent one. What was different about this drought was temperature: It was a degree or two (Fahrenheit) hotter.

The pions died during what Breshears dubbed a global-change-type-drought. Its impossible to blame any particular weather event on climate...

06:58

Asking Gippsland Candidates the right Climate question Gippsland News & Views Peter Gardner

Melbourne University energy hub senior adviser Simon Holmes Court has been asking politicians and would be politicians a simple question on climate change. Some time ago he asked Liberal candidate in the Mayo by-election Georgina Downer can you please let us know whether you accept the scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming? More recently he has asked the same question of the Liberal candidate in the Wentworth by-election David Sharma, with, so far, no response. Simon has then publicised the response or non-response to his followers on twitter.

Following Simons example I decided to ask the same question to candidates in the five Gippsland electorates starting with Gippsland East. Although still 50 days from the election it soon became obvious that this was an exceedingly difficult task and that I should concentrate on Gippsland East. So far I have asked the question of the five known candidates in the electorate and all have responded.

The question obviously has two parts accepting the scientific consensus and that the warming is human caused. A spokesman for local member Tim Bull replied to my email but his answer was vague and ambiguous. Our local member accepts climate change but ignores the scientific consensus and claims incorrectly that the jury is still out on whether the warming is caused by humans.

The three candidates who have so far responded positively to the question are the Greens Deb Foskey and Independents George Neophytou  and Matt Stephenson. Their replies have been publicised on facebook and twitter through Gippsland2020. Amazingly the tweet on the latters reply was retweeted by Simon and received about 200 impressions (see above) not quite viral but a big response in local terms. Stephenson is a twitter novice and unfortunately has not been able to take advantage of this.

It has been drawn to my notice that the Baw Baw Sustainability Group will be having a...

Saturday, 13 October

08:06

Werribee Gouldiae's Blog

After a good run under the Yarra, the Drouin boys got away to an early start with some bird watching.


It was good to get some non-Drouin birds for a change but it did require some consultation at times.

A Baillon's Crake is always a good get in my book and here they always seem in better numbers and less shy than other places that I've ticked them.

That upcurved bill of the Red-necked Avocet makes them an easy species to identify.

Werribee is always good for the raptors and we had some good views of Black Kites and Brown Falcons in particular.
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