This week's blogs - All about Owls, wetlands and OBPs!
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Welcome to NGT Newsletter #2 - All about Owls, Wetlands and OBPs!

Orange-bellied Parrots arrive on the mainland

The start of wintering season for the Orange-bellied Parrot (OBP) brings positive news, with two adult OBPs sighted in the western Port-Phillip region in late April, who appear to be staying put so far and foraging contently on available food plants.


Orange-bellied Parrots in western Port Phillip. Photo: Steve Davidson

Wetland restoration trials begin in 2016

Late Autumn is always a time of anticipation and feelings of contradiction in the world of wetland restoration.  Often we are scrambling to finish works before the rain arrives, wishing for a good rainy season but secretly hoping it can hold off just one more week.  You might recall that this time last year we were deeply entrenched in the “Great Wall” project at Long Swamp.

Well, in comparison to that, this year has been a little more relaxed!

Small but effective – this two row sandbag structure took just two hours to construct but will raise the wetland water level back up another 0.5 m.

Reflecting on a 15 year restoration journey at Piccaninnie Ponds

After all the talks I have given over the years in various places (e.g. Mt Gambier, Adelaide, Portland, Hamilton, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Wellington (NZ) – to name a few!) about Piccaninnie Ponds, last year I was approached and asked to provide an overview of the restoration story for Piccaninnie Ponds, to appear as a feature article in the journal Ecological Management and Restoration.

It isn’t often you get to look back, reflect and fully summarise a long-term environmental project, so for me putting the story on paper like this (up to this point in time) is a significant moment in what has been a long and thoroughly rewarding journey – a journey that has brought me into contact with so many wonderful, committed people.

Pick Swamp – 15th June 2007.
This was the day I finally took my kids to see what I’d been working towards for several years prior. We walked together across the paddocks, following the waters edge as it crept across the land before our very eyes.

Recent owl night a “hoot”

Recently, on 29th April 2016, NGT hosted nocturnal bird specialist, Ed McNabb, at an event titled Cork and Hoot – where all attendees had a hoot!

A light supper was served as members of the public arrived, and attendees had a chance to sample the delicious red wines of St Mary’s Vineyard, and catch up with other birdos of the region.

Nearly 50 members of the public turned out to hear from Ed about the owls of southern Australia, and attendees were particularly delighted with Ed’s recordings the birds’ calls, as well as magnificent photos.

Bryan introducing Ed to a full house

NGT’s Bryan Haywood talks Barking Owls on ABC Radio

Following our recent Cork and Hoot event Bryan was invited to speak on ABC South East and ABC Adelaide about the regions owls and the upcoming Barking Owl surveys.

You can hear the interviews here...

Photo of the week – Powerful Owl

A Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) at its day roost in the Dry Creek Native Forest Reserve. This bird was seen halfway up a Blackwood tree while mapping vegetation communities near one of the Heath Mouse sites in Caroline Forest. The prey in its talons is a Common Ringtail Possum, one of their most common food sources. Sugar gliders also beware!! Its that time of year when they are getting ready to nest, so keep an ear out for their loud hoot (woo-hoo!!) at dusk, anywhere in Caroline Forest, Mt Burr Range or near Naracoorte Caves and Glenroy Conservation Parks in the South East, or throughout the forests of the far South West.

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