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Sunday 23 June at 8am

Hi all,

It seems ages since our last outing.

We hope you can join us for our next Pittwater Natural Heritage Association bird walk:

Sunday 23 June at 8am

Birdwatching & monitoring, Warriewood Wetlands: Winter Birds

Swamp Mahoganies will be in flower attracting many honeyeaters and different species of lorikeets

Meet: 8am at Katoa Close off Garden St Narrabeen. Ends 11am.

Bring: Binoculars, water, morning tea.

To Book: Reply to this email. (pnhabirdwatching@gmail.com)

P: Kerry Smith 9944 6271 0402 605 721

Hope to see you then.

Regards,

Kerry

Kerry Smith on behalf of PNHA Committee

Pittwater Natural Heritage Association

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Why We love What We Do!

Valuable Final Product

Jocelyne showing us that she is going above and beyond achieving our Valuable Final Product VFP:

“Cared For and Restored Natural Areas Resulting In Improved Environments for Now and the Future!”

And look what is above her in the tree! 🙂

Dragonfly Environmental is Caring fot these Reserves on Scotland Island in Pittwater.  Access is by boat only and the big Spotted Gum trees, Eucalyptus maculata, are old enough to have significant hollows which are used by birds such as these Cockatoos and mammals such as Brush-tail Possums.  Rare microbats also roost in some of the tree hollows.

Dragonfly Environmental is managing weeds in these reserves to keep the natural areas growing.  The areas are listed as Spotted Gum Endangered Ecological Communities because without Care they will decline in health, habitat value and diversity.

Dragonfly Environmental is also managing bushfire hazards in an environmentally appropriate way.  Dragonfly Environmentalare well expereinced in Fire Hazard Asset Protection.


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Weed of the Week: Giant Fleabane

Giant Fleabane

Giant Fleabane

After the Deb, Monique and Jen came across this skyscraper Fleabane we had to acknowledge it as our weed of the week!

So what it is and where does it come from? Lets see what the NSW Department of Agriculture says about it…

There are three main species of fleabane in Australia:

1) C. bonariensis (flaxleaf fleabane)
2) C. canadensis (Canadian fleabane)
3) C. sumatrensis (tall fleabane). Of the three species, flaxleaf fleabane is the most common across Australia.

– Flaxleaf fleabane can grow up to 1 m tall and has deeply indented leaves. Its branches often grow taller than the main plant axis

– Tall fleabane can grow up to 2 m tall. Its leaves are less indented than flaxleaf fleabane and its branches do not grow taller than the main plant axis

– Fleabane is a prolific seed producer, each plant producing up to 110,000 seeds! and of these, up to 80% can be viable. The seeds do not possess dormancy so they can germinate whenever temperature and moisture requirements are met. Prevention of seed-set is vital for control

– Inconsistent control is often obtained with herbicide treatments, especially once plants exceed a diameter of 30 mm

– Often fleabane germinates under a winter crop after the normal application time for post-emergent herbicides. The plants develop unobserved until harvest, when they begin to elongate for flowering. The harvest machinery cuts the tops off the plants but they survive in the summer fallow as woody deep-rooted plants with little leaf area to absorb herbicides. It is uneconomical to control these surviving plants with herbicides. However, if left unchecked, they continue to produce seed through the summer.

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Mass Contract Planting

Mass Contract Planting

Mass Contract Planting

Big Appreciation!

Great Appreciation to all in the Dragonfly team you worked consistently and fast with high care and quality on the recent planting jobs at Blacktown and Beaumont Hills. It was a huge effort with over 38,000 new native plants in the ground. Well done team!

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Native Plant of the Week

Native Plant

Native Plant

Native of the Week: Eupomatia laurina Bolwarra

This beautiful plant is an Australian Native! Eupomatia laurina, known as Bolwarra or sometimes Native Guava or Copper Laurel. It is a shrub to small tree, often seen between 3 and 5 metres tall. Larger specimens attain a height of 15 metres and a trunk diameter of 30 cm.

Native to eastern Australia, from as far south as Nowa Nowa in the state of Victoria and as far as north as Cooktown in tropical Queensland and also New Guinea. It is a primitive flowering plant, usually growing as an understorey in rainforest or wet sclerophyll forest.

This one is growing in Cabbage Tree Palm Forest at RSL War Vet’s village at Narabeen Lagoon.  Dragonfly Environmental is supervising the bush regeneration of this important vegetation.

 

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Seasons & Cycles Nature-based Walks & Talks

We had an amazing turn out at Echo Point Park, Roseville Chase the 2nd tour with over 70 people attending! A few of which snuck onto the tour! Unfortunately the weather put a dampener on the 2nd walk at Gibberagong, Bobbin Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. But the good news it has been postponed until August, so you have another opportunity to come along! Be guided by Les Mcleod, Aboriginal Discovery Ranger and Fran Bodkin, D’harawal Traditional Knowledge holder and Author. They have an abundance of stories and knowledge of our natural environment, culture, history, native food and medicinal plants.

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Join us for a free Guided Walk and Talk in Bidjigal Reserve

Join us for a free Guided Walk and Talk

in Bidjigal Reserve

Saturday June 1st

1.30pm – 3pm

With Traditional Knowledge Holder

Tony Williams

Along with Ecologist Mia Dalby-Ball and Paul Harvey on the Waterways

Bidjigal Reserve – in the centre of the Hills

Enquiries call Dragonfly Environmental 9918 4486 or email mia@dfe.net.au

Saturday June 1st

1.30pm – 3pm

 

Meeting Place

Playground at the end of Grangewood Pl.

West Pennant Hills

 

Afternoon Tea, Free Native Plant Giveaway.

All WELCOME

 

Powerful Owl Walk 3.30 to 4.30

Enquiries call Dragonfly Environmental 9918 4486 or email mia@dfe.net.au