Repost from• @wireswildliferescue

Today is International Men’s Day and we would like to acknowledge the wonderful contribution of all the male volunteers at WIRES. Since the inception of WIRES more than 35 years ago you have been role models and have demonstrated incredible commitment and care in helping our native animals. Thank you!

#InternationalMensDay #Volunteers #Thankyou
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Balcombe Moorooduc Landcare invites you to join them this Sunday 20th November on a private property in Mt Martha that is part of the Balcombe Moorooduc Biolink.

Running from 10am to 2pm this will kick off with walk-and-talk led by property manager Brad covering the conservation works underway, followed by a working bee with learning opportunities for control of Sallow Wattle, Boneseed and Briar Rose.

The program will end with a BBQ.

If you are interested contact Tony O’Connor for more info and to register:

#mplandcare
#mornpenlandcare
#landcarevictoria
#landcareaustralia
#biolinks
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Reposted from @the.crew.at.daangean The last post in the short series of keeping our turtles safe is about how we can protect their nests from predatory foxes, and the best way to do that is by protecting the nest with a mesh cover.

Over the years, we've noticed persistent foxes can still damage a turtle nest using flat mesh covers so we've moved away from flat covers where there's no risk to the public tripping over them. Our new design is a raised cover with a smaller mesh in the centre to better protect the nest plug. The cover is held down by 8 long u-shaped pegs which provides protection from foxes digging in from the side. The raised cover means that when the turtles hatch, they are unimpeded and can simply walk out through the sides.

Mesh cover details: We use galvanized mesh for longevity and it's better for the environment (foxes can tear through plastic mesh) the hole size is 50mm x 50mm which is the perfect size to allow turtles to escape .The overall cover size is 500 x 500mm which is then folded down on all four sides by 50mm. A finer mesh is then zip tied in the middle to stop the foxes putting their paw through and damaging the plug, this is 200 x 200mm. The pegs are 150mm long & are normally used for holding down weedmats. A rubber mallet is best for hammering them in. A handheld spiked digging tool is the easiest way to remove the pegs once the nest is hatched.

Hopefully this short series has given you the confidence to get out and give it a go. It's not difficult, it's just about being observant.

Don't forget animal ethics are important. We don't want to fiddle or tamper with the nest, the whole purpose of the exercise is simply to cover it so its protect from the foxes and then let nature do its thing. With public land you will need to work with the local land managers, Council, Park Vic or DELWP.

Please feel free to contact us if you'd like any more information

@mplandcare @parksvic @melbournewater @ourpeninsula
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Reposted from @the.crew.at.daangean

It was so good to get a bit of sunshine today 🌞 a few photos of the water height at the reserve not seen for over 10 years. 400mm higher than this time last year.

Current height 67.880m above sea level

And thoughts go out to all those that have been affected by flooding. ♥️

#community #environment #buildingabetterfuture
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From Merricks Coolart Catchment Landcare

Had another great day at the BioLink site on Saturday. Many thanks to our small band of merry volunteers. Special thanks to our weeders Andrea and Georgie. Weeding is a never ending task. Also to Jo and Peter for their tireless work in planting and layout.

This photo captures the amazing growth of the Ozothamnus. Was it only a few months ago we put these in as tube stock!!

We now await the arrival of the stone/rocks to form a pathway and for councils assistance in the weeding on the church side.

There’s still a bit to do but it’s very heartening to see our progress to date and to receive the many words of encouragement and support from all the neighbours and users of the area

#mplandcare
#mornpenlandcare
#landcarevictoria
#landcareaustralia
#biolinks

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Reposted from• @the.crew.at.daangean

More in our series of keeping our turtle safe.

What completed nests look like.

Here are a few photos of turtle nests. Depending on the soil demographic and type of turtle, there are slight variances in their look. The Eastern longneck turtle nest, once complete, has a distinct plug (see photo …). Once you get to know your survey area, changes on the ground like this will stand out very clearly and you'll be able to spot them in no time. Once you find a turtle nest, the next step is to cover it and protect it from predatory foxes- the quicker the better.

The best time to start looking for nests around dams, wetlands & waterways is at the start of November. There are a few variables that need to be in place before the nesting season begins, like a correct soil temperature range, however once conditions are right, turtles can nest at any time during the day or night.
A real sweet spot when you get a lot of nesting activity, are those warm days that have a changing weather front with a shower storm, is a prime time to get them going.

Nests pictured, Eastern longneck, Murray River and Broad Shell Turtle.

Next in the series: Best way to protect turtle nests

#DaangeanTurtleProject #MakingADifference
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Reposted from @the.crew.at.daangean

i popped into Willum Warrian Bush Nursery today, excited to be picking up more wetland plants for our shoreline diversity project and habitat islands, thanks for all your help Kerralee.

If you've never checked out their indigenous plants nursery, it's an absolute must 💚🌱

@willumwarrain @parksvic @melbournewater
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Reposted from @mp_koalas

Our last tree planting day for 2022 will be on Saturday, November 5 in Tuerong. Help us reach our goal of planting 20,000 trees this year and join us on Saturday. Details and registration link soon! 🌳🐨🌳
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Reposted from @mp_koalas

Thank you to everyone who picked up more trees this morning in Balnarring Beach. Cam and Clayton from the Shire @ourpeninsula gave away hundreds of trees to the Balnarring community in support of our biolink project in the area. What a great community we live in! Happy planting! 🐨🌳💚
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RePosted from @the.crew.at.daangean

Continuing on with our theme of keeping our turtle safe.

Fox control.

I mentioned previously how safe basking structures are beneficial to turtles. The most crucial benefit is that it makes it more difficult for predatory foxes, as they have to take a much longer and more difficult route to achieve their objectives. The harder we make it for foxes to get an easy feed, the more likely they're going to fail.

Foxes will have a go at turtles at every stage of their life and female turtles are most at risk when they come ashore to lay their eggs. This is where a timely fox control program to reduce fox numbers before nesting can play a significant role. Reduced fox numbers means the odds are more in favour of the turtles and nesting shoreline birds.

Feral scan is a data collecting app which I recommend you add to your collection and is a great way to help document the feral species problem. It's used by a number of authorities to gauge the extent of an issue.
I previously mentioned with our threatened and valuable species not to publicly disclose their exact location, however with feral species there's obviously no issue at all and it is definitely preferred so everybody can see the extent of the problem.

It's imperative that public land asset managers continue with feral species control programs.
For private land holders there may even be grants available for fox control..

@parksvic @melbournewater @ourpeninsula @mplandcare
#turtleconservation #citizenscience #carefornature
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Linking the Mornington Peninsula Landscape (LMPL)

Linking the Mornington Peninsula Landscape (LMPL) reconnects fragmented remnants of indigenous vegetation to create wildlife corridors (biolinks) on the Mornington Peninsula. LMPL assists Mornington Peninsula Landcare groups and landholders to develop collaborative local biolink plans for catchments across the Peninsula. These plans focus on works required to achieve the biolink on private properties, but also consider public land in the biolink area. The landcare groups and landholders then use the plans to apply for funding to engage contractors to undertake the works, and to undertake works themselves with voluntary landholder and landcare member labour.

 

At December 2021, over $570,000 from 11 grants had been awarded to undertake works on 69 biolink properties covering 166 ha funded works.

 

Designed as a 5-year project, LMPL is being undertaken in 10 different regions on the Mornington Peninsula.

In 2022 (Year 5) biolink plans are being developed for the Balcombe-Moorooduc Landcare area and the Devilbend-Hastings Landcare area

In 2021 (Year 4) biolink plans were produced for the Merricks Coolart Landcare area and the Manton & Stony Creeks Landcare area.

In 2017 (Year 3) biolink plans were produced for the Red Hill South Landcare area and Dunns Creek Landcare area.

In 2014-15 (Year 2) biolink plans were developed for Watson Creek Landcare area (northern Peninsula – Baxter, Somerville, Frankston South), and Sheepwash Creek Landcare area (Red Hill, Dromana South).

In 2015-2016 (Year 1) biolink plans were developed for Main Creek Landcare area and Southwest Mornington Peninsula Landcare area.

In 2014, a pilot biolink was developed for the Tuerong-Mooroduc area, near Devilbend Reserve.

 

LMPL is a project of the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network, in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation League.