For the past 3 years we've had respected botanist Libby Sandiford running a vegetation survey across some of our Gondwana Link reserves in sth-west WA. The results surprised us all. Despite her vast experience, Libby's been heard more than once exclaiming, "What's going on here?!"

Perhaps most remarkable is the sheer number of species. The nearby Fitzgerald River National Park is an...
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02/26/2017 at 05:04. Facebook
The South Esk pine trees growing on the banks of the Apsley River just north of Tasmania's Freycinet National Park typically rely on fire to release seeds, yet if those same fires are too hot or reoccur too frequently they can't survive.

Our South Esk Pine reserve is among the largest stands of this sub-species left in the world. [ Bit.ly Link ]
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02/25/2017 at 05:16. Facebook
When her husband Ben took up a role as an ecologist at our Eurardy Reserve (WA), Tina Schroeder was in the midst of choosing a topic for her PhD.

Eurardy is a spectacular place with amazing wildflowers & a range of threatened flora, presenting many potential research opportunities. Following a trawl thru the literature looking for gaps, Tina will be investigating the recovery of York gum...
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Restoring York gum woodlands in Western Australia

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02/24/2017 at 23:25. Facebook
Great story below from The Bendigo Advertiser about our work in central Victoria with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation & Trust for Nature.

Protection and preservation

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02/24/2017 at 05:46. Facebook
On our Boolcoomatta Reserve (SA) open mulga woodlands & natural waterholes support species such as Gould's Wattled Bat, Blue Bonnets & Red-backed Kingfishers. Down on the saltbush plains are Orange Chats, Chirruping Wedgebills, Bearded Dragons & large flocks of Emus.

The hot quieter months of summer are often a chance for our reserve staff to take off & catch up with family & friends, with...
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02/23/2017 at 05:37. Facebook
A wide variety of birds are returning to our Monjebup North property, in Gondwana Link WA, just 4 years after the paddocks were seeded with native plants. [ Bit.ly Link ]

Volunteers Annie & Ian Mayo recently stayed a few days to erect Pygmy Possum nest boxes & spent early mornings bird watching.

They were rewarded with photos of a Southern Emu Wren, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Brush...
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02/22/2017 at 05:40. Facebook
Larissa Lauder & Tony Loechte live at our Hamelin Station Reserve (WA) with their two small children. They recently experienced their biggest storm, with almost 69mm of rain overnight.

Waking to a persistent tapping sound, which seemed to come from everywhere, they were relieved to find that instead of leaks they had lots of frogs!

Accompanied by a confident 2-yr-old & his trusty binoculars...
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02/21/2017 at 23:01. Facebook
The National Parks Association of Queensland is hosting an evening lecture to inform on current issues in conservation, where guest speaker Peter Cochrane will address the topic: Making Conservation Relevant in a Crowded World

Peter Cochrane represents Oceania on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) governing council. He was Parks Australia CEO and Australian...
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2017 Romeo Lahey Lecture

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02/21/2017 at 21:00. Facebook
Here at the Bush Heritage Melbourne office we've been hearing from our WA colleagues in the field about 'a bit of a damp spell' in WA for the past few weeks. This image helped put things into perspective!

Freaked out fox the face of floods

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02/21/2017 at 05:00. Facebook
A recent cultural heritage survey at our Nardoo Hills Reserves, on Dja Dja Wurrung country, revealed a scar tree used for making coolamons. These were traditionally used to carry food, water & cradle babies. Finding scar trees is invaluable in identifying the area's rich Indigenous history.

But it’s a rare opportunity locating sites like these. Victoria has lost 83% of its woodland...
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‘Upside Down Country’ is how central Victoria's Dja Dja Wurrung people describe the environmental disruption & fragmentation from gold mining & land clearing.

But our land managers have already begun the restoration & re-vegetation of 70 ha of woodland ecosystems on our new Lawan Reserve, which is part of our Nardoo Hills properties.

Thanks to Trust for Nature’s Revolving Fund, we were...
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The most comprehensive & up-to-date guide to Australian birds is about to be released. If you pre-order a limited edition, signed copy of the guide, you'll also help protect the Night Parrot.

10 years in the making, The Australian Bird Guide will be released in May with
• Detailed information on over 900 species;
• Over 4700 detailed illustrations;
• Species accounts written by a dedicated...
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ABG Signed Library Copy: The Australian bird guide. : Menkhorst, Peter, Danny Rogers and Rohan Clarke. - Andrew Isles

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Grass trees are slow-growing & long lived - they can take several years to flower. Flowers form on a spear-like spike which can be up to 4m long!

Flowers are arranged in a spiral up the spike & produce a great amount of nectar, attracting a wide variety of insects, birds & mammals. Once pollinated they form a tough, pointed fruit capsule that’s typically matt-black. One flowering stem can...
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Male Scarlet Honeyeater visiting a nectar-rich bottlebrush flower beside Cameron Creek, on Yourka Reserve, Qld.

Scarlet Honeyeaters can be found right along the east coast of Aus, east of the Great Dividing Range, from Gippsland in Vic up to Cape York. They feed on insects as well as nectar.
Happy Friday! Tag a friend to send a smile their way.

This gecko has plenty to smile about, living on our Ethabuka Reserve in the north of the Simpson Desert.

Ethabuka supports one of the richest lists of reptile species in Australia. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Located in a biodiversity hotspot 130km south of Cairns our Yourka Reserve nestles against Qld’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Area & helps conserve 39 regional ecosystems, some not protected anywhere else in Aus.

Yourka is home to nearly 300 plant, 140 bird & 18 native mammal species, including rock wallabies, red goshawks, masked owls, square-tailed kites, brolgas, greater gliders &...
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The Paperbark Forest walk on our Reedy Creek Reserve (near Agnes Water in Qld) is open for explorers of any age.

Alternatively, you can also enjoy a 'virtual visit' with 360 degree images of the walk & a video of Reserve Manager Matt McLean guiding you through here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Fencing is a key activity on most conservation reserves. On Pullen Pullen (home of the #NightParrot) we wanted to keep any stray herbivores out to protect the floodplains (a significant feeding spot for the birds) without creating a new hazard for Night Parrots.

After advice from the Recovery Team bright white electric tape runs along the top of the new fences, with bright orange flags that...
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Did you know Wedge-tailed Eagles are monogamous? They mate for life. More on wedgies: [ Bit.ly Link ]

If you need a Valentines for your mate, try our WILDgift range of cards: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."

Today (#DarwinDay) marks the anniversary of the birth of naturalist Charles Darwin, whose impact we still feel strongly.

Our own Charles Darwin Reserve in WA, continues to provide a base for research into climate change & how species are adapting & moving in response....
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