Doing anything this Thursday afternoon and evening ? (October 23rd 2014)

imageThere is still time to book at place at this informative  and practical field day – Day 4 of the Grassy Woodlands workshops organised by  Euroa Arboretum. The outdoor program starts at 3 pm and concludes at 9.30 pm .

The theme is long-term management and monitoring of woodlands.Paul Foreman will  present “Understanding Outcomes from Actions”.  Monitoring techniques demonstrated include drone technology and how we can use it to enhance our reporting . Tools for measuring vegetation structure , the science of bird surveys, monitoring and recording reptile and frog species, thermal imaging of nocturnal mammals, spotlighting techniques and practicing the rare art of MOTHING .

This field day will be held in the bush  at J & J Hagen’s property “Wetlandia”at Miepoll – 110  Bready Lane – off the Euroa Shepparton rd- a few kms towards Shepparton after the Murchison – Violet Town intersection . Ring Janet  0458 904268 .

Includes afternoon tea and BBQ dinner.

Bring torch , insect repellant, boots, binoculars, notebook,

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Butterflies getting in on the act.

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With the Strathbogie Ranges Butterfly festival approaching, it’s exciting to see so many butterflies on the wing already this season. Our recent patches of warm, sunny weather have helped to move things along, though our hardiest butterflies have been around for months.

My first for the season was a Painted Lady on the 27th July, though down towards the plains, not up in the hills. It was a mild, sunny winter’s afternoon and this adult had emerged from wherever it was over-wintering, to enjoy a spot of sun-baking.

In our dry, mild August, Meadow Argus and Australian Emperors started appearing. In the last few days Caper White and Lesser Wanderer butterflies have visited our garden at Boho South. And on a recent outing to the Pyalong district there were Wood White butterflies ‘hill-topping’ on the Black Range (High Camp).

It promises to be a good butterfly season – fingers crossed!

Nov. 6 to 23, 2014 Strathbogie Butterfly Festival – Wild Strathbogie




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Another postcard for Detective Tim to research

Impressed with Tim’s research on Gooram Falls. I wonder if it’s possible to locate this spot near Violet Town  and supply updated images


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Wattle Seed Yield this season

Local acacia species have flowered profusely this season but will these blossoms translate into a decent crop of viable seed. Seed production was patchy in quality and low in quantity last season.

Earlier flowering patterns and the threat of late frosts can combined to reduce the availability of healthy seed from wild wattle populations. This happened last season. Many species aborted their seed after the frosts. Perhaps pollinators were absent at  critical times.  Acacia pycnantha, acacia paradoxa, acacia montana and acacia verniciflua did very poorly and these are core revegetation species and basis food sources for seed eating insects and birds.

Acacia implexa and acacia mearnsii didn’t produce any seed at all. These species always a step behind because they develop seed pods that mature this season on the previous years flowers. It is said that the black wattle (A. mearnsii) only  produces seed when the following year is going to be very dry. Indigenous people knew when and where  to burn to prevent bad bushfires in the future  by observing  when  the Gang Gang Cockatoos arrived to eat these  green seed pods. There are no obvious seed pods developing on the black wattles around here  this season ( maybe still too early to call )so next summer season should be fairly average. Let me know if you find seed pods developing on the black wattles near you and we’ll test this theory out.

Janet Hagen


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Pinniger Cairn number 5

Locating all the Pinniger Cairns in our area has been an intriguing  challenge.I  discovered this one with the help of David Chalmers & Darryl Sloan on one of our U3A field trips.

It’s in Longwood East between Elgo Winery and the Goodall’s Property. The condition of the cairn is excellent, even the pole in the centre remains intact after all these years.

Scott McKay has found  another one near the summit of Mount Stewart at Highlands – that’s the next one on our list to visit .


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Pinniger Cairn number 4

This tiny cairn is located near the Rantin Robin Rocks at Caveat. It is one of many constructed in 1865 by the original surveyor of the district , Thomas Pinniger.

This one is unique because it is built on a large rock. Perhaps this saved the cairn  from destruction over the years.




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Gooram Falls – then and now.

Gooram FallsBy Tim Barlow

“Ned Kelly woz here, ’78” was not inscribed on the old River Red Gum standing on Gooram Falls (pictured above), but I reckon there’s a good chance he and his fellows may have spent time here as they planned the raid on the National Bank at Euroa on December 10th, 1878.

These waterfalls are a well-known local feature where swimmers and picnickers have idled away many sunny afternoons (and moonlit Saturday nights). Located on the Sevens Creek as it descends the western face of the Strathbogie Ranges and about 18 km south of Euroa, it would be an idyllic spot to plan a bank robbery.

It may even be that the site was too popular for the gang to stop by after the Euroa bank job. Continue reading

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