The Fungi – A Curious Kingdom

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Puff Ball

imageThe Strathbogie Ranges CMN Fungi Festival starts in a few days.

Join in the fun at an old time bush dance – which we are calling the Puff Ball to fit the Fungi theme . The  popular “Couch Grass” bush band will provide the music and call the dances.       Families, beginners and experienced dancers welcome.

At Violet Town Hall on Saturday May 14th 2016

HREP are supporting this event.

Starting at 5.30pm with light meal .

Bookings : Heather Thomas 0458375913 or heathert3670@gmail.com

 

 

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Rain forecast for the weekend

*Rain means clouds  which will block views of the night sky therefore the STAR GAZING evening at Terip will be postponed until  Friday 6th May ( 2nd option date)

*Rain will also stimulate fungus growth. We were getting worried that fungi would be hard to find during the Fungi Festival. May is usually the peak season for fungi foraging and if the forecasted heavy rain arrives over the weekend, it should start sprouting.

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Bookings for the first event of the festival are still open.

Fungi expert Alison Pouliot will give an informative presentation about fungi species, ecology and uses. Lunch will be supplied as part of the deal then we’ll head into the Strathbogie forest on a foraging expedition.

Saturday May 7th 2016  starting at 10.30am – finishing 4.30pm    The venue is Strathbogie Hall.

If are finding booking via Everbrite tricky please book by phone Janet Hagen 57904268 or emailing Penny   landscapeart@fernhills.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News from the Forest

DSCN1818There’s been a lot happening on the Strathbogie Forest front: meetings, press releases, campaign gatherings, videos, opposition to planned burns and not least a picnic two-weekends ago to celebrate this hidden gem of a forest, including some spectacular trees. For all the stories, pics, maps, goss and news, visit Our Strathbogie Forest.

 

 

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Fungi Sundi

As a part of the Strathbogie Ranges Fungi Festival , local artists have combined to offer this unique opportunity . Combine your  love of  the natural environment and art at this special Mother’s Day event.

Bookings are via Janet Fogerty at the Flour Mill Euroa    theflourmillgallery@bigpond.com

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Star Gazing Night

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Ruffy night sky

Do something different and learn new stuff !

Hughes Creek Catchment Collarborative invite you to explore the night sky through a big astronomical telescope ( an impressive 16″ Dobsonian Reflector telescope )

Will Trueman will be our guide and tutor for the night. Everyone is welcome at this children friendly event.

Please bring a chair each , warm clothing and a blanket to keep you cosy. There will be a warm fire going in the pavillion.

We will provide hot pies and sausage rolls with sauce , drinks and cakes for supper.

Friday 29th April  2016 ( first option if the skys are clear ) or 6th May ( second option if the weather lets us down on the 1st date)

Time: 6pm – 10pm. Venue: Terrip Terrip Recreation Ground & tennis courts.

Book a place by contacting Janet Hagen hughescreek2@gmail.com or ring 57 904268.

 

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Out and about on a sunny afternoon – Big Ears!

What a cutie!

What big ears you have!

The Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes) is a common inhabitant of drier forests and woodlands in northern Victoria, as long as there’s good habitat around. This small carnivorous marsupial eats mainly invertebrates (eg. insects, spiders) and occasionally small skinks which it finds by searching high and low, checking every crack and crevice for a meal. With those ears, it’s clear that hearing the sound of prey is probably as important as seeing. Like most other small mammals, the Yellow-footed Antechinus is manly nocturnal, but can commonly be seen out and about during the day.

Like several other species of Antechinus, all the males die after a frenetic breeding season (Aug-Sep), leaving a population comprising just pregnant females, until they give birth in the following month.

This little fellow was a male, clearly identified by his dangling scrotum (though not visible in these pics), just in front of the base of the tail. This little guy lives on a roadside in woodland in the Koonda Hills, north of Violet town. A great spot, with plenty of leaf litter and fallen timber, a sparse shrub-layer and a variety of different sized trees – all up, a quality piece of native real estate.

Yellow-footed Antechinus don’t occur up here in the Ranges, but we do have a closely related species, the Agile Antechinus (A. agilis), which is a little smaller and a uniform dark brown in colour.

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