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We were going for a walk up the rail trail - not!

In an abundance of hope, we scheduled a walk along the rail trail with the Tarwin Landcare group for tomorrow, Sunday 26th September.

And we were so close to being able to do it!

When vaccination rates get to 80% single dose, we will be allowed groups of 20 to go for guided walks. But we are not there yet. Any minute now. With vaccine hesitancy being measured at just 9% of the population and falling it won’t be long until we get some semblance of normality. Congratulations to all the sensible, responsible, community minded (and self preserving) people who are vaccinated, partially vaccinated or booked in.

National Threatened species day was Sept 7th

We enter the Threated species backoff most years and this year our cake represented a Strzelecki Burrowing Crayfish (SBC), which is a small species of burrowing crayfish that inhabits boggy seepages, springs and banks of shallow creeks in the ferny gullies of the high altitude regions of the Eastern Strzelecki Ranges. Due to the limited size of the area where SBC is known to occur, and the range of threats faced by the species, the SBC is at considerable risk of becoming extinct in the wild. We have members in the eastern part of group area who have Strzelecki Crayfish habitat on their properties and they have undertaken projects to protect them. Our SBC is seen emerging from its mud chimney hole on top of a chocolate mud cake.

We were meant to meet on the 7th to share the cake and some coffee at the store, but of course covid lockdowns make that impossible. So I ate (some of ) the cake on your behalf, and you will just have to imagine just how good it tasted! I promise to bring a chocolate mud cake to our next outing - sans crayfish.

Tree Project revegetation trees are available for order

(From Tree Project’s Facebook post) September is Save the Koala Month, and we'd like to know if you are keen to grow habitat for the koalas on your land? Listed as a vulnerable species, let's save them from becoming endangered by growing homes and habitat for them. Head on over to our website to order seedlings. https://treeproject.org.au/landholders/order-seedlings/.

TreeProject seedlings cost $220 for 500 seedlings and orders need to be placed by the end of September. We'd love to have you on board with us!

Bird monitoring in October

Normally during daylight saving we move our Bird Monitoring start time forward one hour.

This October lets just keep it the same; 4.00pm at the sign on the rail trail. That way we can pick up birds before they start their roosting behavior for the night.

We will discuss on the day the timing for the rest of the year.

World Rivers Day is on Sunday.

World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.

“Rivers are the arteries of our planet; they are lifelines in the truest sense.”
~ Mark Angelo

Our river is of course the Tarwin - all members of this group are in the Tarwin Catchment area. Matt Bowler, NTVLC supported and member(ish) says "My Favourite river is the Tarwin because it is the river I have lived my life close to and exploring it from top to bottom has so many good associated memories with family and friends."

Email us your favorite river photo and we will share them on FB and the web.

Here is one of mine -

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