Diario del proyecto Budawang Coast Atlas of Life

04 de diciembre de 2022

Gang-gang project updates from Michael Mulvaney

To all Gang-gang nest watchers
Thank you so much for your support in locating nest hollows. To date this year we have located

  • 3 nests near Campbelltown, though one of those may have been abandoned following stormy weather
  • a nest on Woodhilll Mountain near Berry
  • a nest at Huskisson
  • 2 nests in Durras area
  • 15 nests in Canberra area
  • a nest at Cascades camping area, Wadbilliga National Park
  • no up-to-date information with the situation in Moruya

Hollows have been searched for in the Southern Highlands, the Albury-Wodonga area, the vicinity of Wombat State Forest and the Greater Melbourne area - but no luck yet. It seems likely we'll track down a nest in the Southern Highlands, there's been activity at Plenty Gorge and we are close to nailing down a location of an East Gippsland nest. The height of hollows in the Canberra area (average 7.5m) is much less than the 20m+ average elsewhere and hence are a lot easier to find. Nevertheless we already have enough 'non-Canberra' hollows to finalise our paper on the relationship of fledging time to altitude. Hollows in the Cooma and Tumbarumba areas will be checked next week.

The first hatching of eggs in a hollow in Canberra were on or around 27 November. Which means we are expecting our first fledging around 15-20 January, which is 2-3 weeks behind what it has been in the past. If this trend occurs across the Gang-gang range then we can expect the Huskisson, Campbelltown and Durras nests to fledge from about 20 December onwards. 

Please keep your eye out for and collect Gang-gang feathers for sending to Stacey. For details see https://www.environment.act.gov.au/nature-conservation/conservation-and-ecological-communities/gang-gang-cockatoo-feather-collection-project

With the help of Stacey and Laura (ACT government), wildlife cameras have been placed above several Canberra nest hollows in order to get better information on predator visitation and predation. Your watching and in particular the number of chicks fledged per hollow will tell us much about breeding success.

UPDATE: Thanks again for all your watching and reporting, we are learning a lot that was previously unknown about this cockatoo. In my last update I stated that we were expecting fledging in Canberra to be delayed by at least 2 -3 weeks. We have now found 18 nests and been able to count eggs or chicks in about 12 of these. In 11 of these, there were either eggs, newborn chicks or as in the nest at Campbell Park a combination of both (one egg two chicks). Then we found a nest on Mt Ainslie and to our surprise it contained two well advanced female chicks that seem to be close to fledging - at least we think within the next 3 weeks - which would be equivalent to our earliest fledging time - so fledging at the one vicinity can be widely staggered - the two nests are only a few kilometres apart at about the same altitude.

Michael Mulvaney
If you have any data or sightings please email mulvaney@netspeed.com.au
Join project https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/gang-gang-nests-tree-hollows-search

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29 de noviembre de 2022

New Native Bee Book, available now!

Native Bees of the ACT and NSW South Coast – A spotter’s guide by Peter Abbott
This guidebook introduces you to the gentle art of spotting and identifying native bees, highlights the many and varied native bees in the ACT and NSW South Coast region, is highly illustrated and written in non-technical language to assist you to become familiar with the local native bees. It also provides simple visual clues to assist in identifying the major bee groups and many individual species. The aim of the book is for everybody to become native bee spotters and advocates for native bee conservation.
Available online and at local bookshops (including Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens, Ulladulla and Moruya bookshops). For further information and details on availability www.nativebeesACT.net

Native Bee ACT and South Coast group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/585007439318188

 

 

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24 de noviembre de 2022

Budawang Coast Atlas of Life AGM - dinner after meeting

If you are planning to attend, email if you'd like to join us for dinner at Milton Ulladulla Bowling Club so we can confirm numbers for booking budawangcoast@gmail.com
Tuesday 29 November 2022 4.30-6.30pm, Ulladulla Civic Centre, Lower Auditorium
Get 'free' tickets https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/budawang-coast-atlas-of-life-agm-2022-tickets-443914780057
Guest presenters:
'Saving our Species projects across the Budawang Coast' by Lorraine Oliver, Snr Team Leader, Department of Planning and Environment’s Ecosystems and Threatened Species team
Learn about the numerous new and ongoing projects to support the persistence of many threatened species and ecosystems in the Budawang Coast region and the team who are doing all the hard work.

'Green and Golden Bell Frogs' by Lucy Loft, Community Engagement Officer South East Biodiversity Conservation Division
A little over 10 years ago, Green and Golden Bell Frogs were recorded in 1000s across the Crookhaven floodplain. Over the last 9 years, numbers and distribution of frogs in this population have crashed! Nowra residents and enthusiastic Citizen Scientists are being called in to help save the population.

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18 de noviembre de 2022

South East Environment Spring 2022 newsletter

Since last newsletter, over 10,000 trees planted to restore Milton Ulladulla subtropical rainforest
Newsletter link: https://mailchi.mp/environment/south-east-environment-spring-15748587?e=c726dfc76a

Some of the stories ...
Healthy Country for Glossy Black Cockatoos Project - this new project has been launched to help protect Glossy Black cockatoos. These birds are significant for Aboriginal people on the south coast because of the many stories attached to the bird. An Aboriginal advisory panel is working hard to find ways to protect the Glossies using culture as a guide. https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/news/healthy-country-for-glossy-black-cockatoos

Smoky Mice allowed to run free - 13 captive-bred critically endangered smoky mice have been released into the wild in the South East Forest National Park. This is a world first release for the species. Link to video https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-16/endangered-smoky-mouse-released-wild-south-east-nsw/101338246

New iNat project in our region to protect tree hollows and significant habitat trees in our region. Join the project https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/tree-hollows-and-significant-habitat-trees-in-australia

Stream south east webinar series online - if you missed out on watching the series live you can now watch it at your leisure https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/news/south-east-environment-webinar-series

A stinky search for the Long-footed potoroo - Searching for scats is all in a day's work for our ecologist Dr Joss Bentley. But what she is doing with them in this latest project is ground-breaking. A new technique looking at the DNA of predator poo, is being trialled by Joss and her team on the far south coast to find the elusive long-footed potoroo. They are hoping to find its DNA in predator scats, and confirm the species still exists in NSW. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-10-13/search-for-long-footed-potoroos-in-scat-dna-in-south-east-nsw/101524002

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16 de noviembre de 2022

Budawang Coast Atlas of Life AGM

Tuesday 29 November 2022 4.30-6.30pm, Ulladulla Civic Centre, Lower Auditorium

'Saving our Species projects across the Budawang Coast' by Lorraine Oliver, Snr Team Leader, Department of Planning and Environment’s Ecosystems and Threatened Species team
Learn about the numerous new and ongoing projects to support the persistence of many threatened species and ecosystems in the Budawang Coast region and the team who are doing all the hard work.

'Green and Golden Bell Frogs' by Lucy Loft, Community Engagement Officer South East Biodiversity Conservation Division
A little over 10 years ago, Green and Golden Bell Frogs were recorded in 1000s across the Crookhaven floodplain. Over the last 9 years, numbers and distribution of frogs in this population have crashed! Nowra residents and enthusiastic Citizen Scientists are being called in to help save the population.

Get your 'free' tickets https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/budawang-coast-atlas-of-life-agm-2022-tickets-443914780057

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13 de noviembre de 2022

GSB2022 is approaching 210, 000 Records ...

... and only need 1500 records before we reach this milestone.
208,580 OBSERVATIONS
23,063 SPECIES
3,388 IDENTIFIERS
6,057 OBSERVERS
There are a few participants in very remote areas that may keep adding records as internet becomes available. Have you added all you records?
Have you helped with the ID's?
Have a look at the umbrella and see if you can ID 5 or 10 things in our region! https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/great-southern-bioblitz-2022-budawang-coast

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08 de noviembre de 2022

BCAL Committee Nominations close in a week

Budawang Coast Atlas of Life AGM Tuesday 29 November 4.30-6.30pm, Ulladulla Civic Centre, Lower Auditorium

Only a week to nominate yourself for election to the committee! Nominations are sought for: Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, 3 Committee Members. Involvement is interesting and informative without being time consuming. It provides opportunities to expand your horizons and indulge your interests in environmental issues.

To self-nominate or nominate another (with their permission) for a position, email budawangcoast@gmail.com by Wednesday 16 November
• Position nominated for
• Full name of person nominated
• Contact details of nominee - email address and mobile number
• A few lines about nominee and interests
• Confirmation nominee consents to being proposed as a candidate

If you wish to become a general member, email for form, or join at AGM.
Love to see you at AGM. Lucy Loft is speaking about Green & Golden Bell Frog Citizen Science Project and Lorraine Oliver will speak about DPE's initiatives in our area since the bushfires. Get your free ticket here https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/budawang-coast-atlas-of-life-agm-2022-tickets-443914780057

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03 de noviembre de 2022

Great Southern Bioblitz observation stage is over, please help with identification (beginners welcome)

Now the data collection phase for GSB22 is over and most observations have been loaded (any outstanding ones please load asap), now it is time to start with the identifications.

The immediate task is to get the vaguely identified observations to levels where specialists can get to see them.

  • If you are a total beginner then putting observations to ants, bees, butterflies, daisies, peas and grasses will be very useful.
  • If you are more experienced, then skip the observations that you do not know and move the unknowns to family, genus and species.
    The most efficient way of doing this is to use the identification tool. How it works: https://vimeo.com/246153496

Task One: BASIC
These need basic identification (all regions).
Help with basic identifications
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=any&iconic_taxa=unknown&project_id=great-southern-bioblitz-2022-umbrella&place_id=any&page=3

Task Two: INTERMEDIATE
These need identification to family level or lower.
Help with basic Animals identifications
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=any%2Cresearch%2Cneeds_id%2Ccasual&iconic_taxa=Aves%2CAmphibia%2CReptilia%2CMammalia%2CActinopterygii%2CMollusca%2CArachnida%2CInsecta&project_id=great-southern-bioblitz-2022-umbrella&lrank=epifamily&place_id=any
Help with basic Plant identifications
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=any%2Cresearch%2Cneeds_id%2Ccasual&iconic_taxa=Plantae&project_id=great-southern-bioblitz-2022-umbrella&lrank=epifamily&place_id=any
Help with basic Fungi identifications
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=any%2Cresearch%2Cneeds_id%2Ccasual&iconic_taxa=Fungi%2CProtozoa&project_id=great-southern-bioblitz-2022-umbrella&lrank=epifamily&place_id=any

These two tasks are the most urgent, and need to be cleared soon so that the specialists can get started.

Task Three: SPECIALISTS
ID needed below family level
Help with identifying Birds to species level
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=any%2Cneeds_id%2Ccasual&iconic_taxa=Aves&project_id=great-southern-bioblitz-2022-umbrella&hrank=family&place_id=any
Help with identifying Mammals to species level
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=any%2Cneeds_id%2Ccasual&iconic_taxa=Mammalia&project_id=great-southern-bioblitz-2022-umbrella&hrank=family&place_id=any
Help with identifying Herps to species level
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=any%2Cneeds_id%2Ccasual&iconic_taxa=Reptilia%2CAmphibia&project_id=great-southern-bioblitz-2022-umbrella&hrank=family&place_id=any
Help with identifying Fish to species level
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=any%2Cneeds_id%2Ccasual&iconic_taxa=Actinopterygii&project_id=great-southern-bioblitz-2022-umbrella&hrank=family&place_id=any
Help with identifying Fungi & Lichens to species level
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=any%2Cneeds_id%2Ccasual&iconic_taxa=Fungi&project_id=great-southern-bioblitz-2022-umbrella&hrank=family&place_id=any

This is a summary of a full post from Great Southern Bioblitz 2022 Umbrella's Journal.
For more detail and links go to https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/projects/126048/journal/72200

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29 de octubre de 2022

Budawang Coast AGM 29Nov 2022 4.30-6.30pm

Budawang Coast Atlas of Life AGM
Tuesday 29 November 2022 4.30-6.30pm, Ulladulla Civic Centre, Lower Auditorium

We would love to see you for what should be an informative and interactive meeting. Lucy Loft is speaking about Green & Golden Bell Frog Citizen Science Project and Lorraine Oliver will speak about DPE's initiatives in our area since the bushfires.
To attend book on https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/budawang-coast-atlas-of-life-agm-2022-tickets-443914780057

NEW MEMBERS & COMMITTEE
If you would like to become a member of BCAL, email for a membership form or join at the AGM.
If you wish to nominate yourself or someone else for the committee email by Wednesday 16 November.

Nominations are sought for: Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, 3 Committee Members with the election at the AGM. We welcome your nominations with new perspectives on a range of topics. Involvement in the running of the organisation is interesting and informative without being time consuming. It provides opportunities to expand your horizons and indulge your interests in environmental issues.

To self-nominate or nominate a candidate for a Committee position, include the following:
• Position nominated for
• Full name of person nominated
• Contact details for yourself or nominee - email address and mobile number
• A few lines about nominee and their interests
• Confirmation nominee consents to being proposed as a candidate
All correspondence: budawangcoast@gmail.com

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25 de octubre de 2022

Fern ID walk, Beaumont Saturday 12 November

BCAL is organising a fern identification walk for members of Shoalhaven Landcare.
The fern identification walk is on a property in Beaumont guided by Dr Ken Mills, noted local botanist. Over 40 fern species have been identified on the property. The walk is graded easy/medium.
Saturday 12 November, 9 am start, for approximately 2.5 hours with time for morning tea along the way
Limited to 10 people, open to members of Shoalhaven Landcare
Contact Coordinator of Shoalhaven Landcare to register

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