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Welcome to the February edition of our newsletter

And if anyone can tell me where January went please let me know.

We had a very low key bird monitoring in January with only three of us, but some good sightings including the sacred kingfisher.

Our next bird monitoring outing will be held this Wednesday 16 meeting at 4.00pm. We meet at the sign on the rail trail next to the Black Spur Creek bridge. Instructions for getting there can be found on our webpage. https://www.nerrenatarwinvalleylc.org.au/ntvlc-01-blackspur-creek-wetlands/.

Allow about 20 -30 minutes to walk to the first monitoring site from the recreation reserve. There is a pic of the sign below

Don’t forget this event! Coming up in April!

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The Summer 2022 issue (#83) of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine, which is a feature on Landcare and biodiversity, has been published online, and is available here.

To access a low resolution PDF of the Summer 2022 issue of the Landcare magazine go here.

Among the stories in Summer 2022 issue of the Landcare magazine includes stories from:

· Clive Carlyle wrote a story about using wildlife cameras on their property in the Grampians, and their resultant discovery in 2018 that the southern brown bandicoot was not regionally extinct, but living and breeding in bushland on their property.

· Annie Hobby wrote a story on the Wimmera Biodiversity Seminar that has been bringing biodiversity research, projects, and news to local environmental enthusiasts each spring since 1998.

· Ian Higgins, from the Friends of Campbells Creek Landcare Group, wrote story about re-introducing over 100 missing plant species to an area of Central Victoria that had been devastated by gold mining and subsequent weed invasion.

· Vicki Leris, from East Gippsland Landcare Network, wrote a story about the Landcare network securing funding from the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife to establish a seed bank and community training program to meet the needs of bushfire recovery into the future.

· Kaye Rodden shared her 30-year story of harnessing the power of nature and the community to restore biodiversity on her family’s once degraded property in the Barrabool Hills, west of Geelong.

· Jay Duncan, from the Yinnar-Yinnar South Landcare Group, shared the experience of weeding existing high quality native vegetation to boost local biodiversity and foster a sense of achievement among group members.

· Jackson Cass, Landcare Coordinator from Moorabool Landcare Group, contributed a story on the use edna testing to provide data on the presence of platypus in the Moorabool and Werribee Rivers.

· Elaine Bayes wrote a story on involving volunteer citizen scientists in habitat surveys in central Victoria to uncover new populations of the nationally endangered Eltham copper butterfly.

· Jillian Staton and Julie Murray, from South Gippsland Landcare Network, wrote a story about preparing a Biodiversity Protection Plan to help inform the Landcare network’s future planning decisions for biodiversity in South Gippsland.