Careel Bay mangrove forest at high tide, rich habitat for fish, crabs and many other invertebrates, and the tiny Mangrove Warbler bird. Grey Mangroves, Avicennia marina, breathe through special roots at low tide, tolerate salt and secrete it on their leaves. ... See MoreSee Less
One of the Pittwater area's best creeks is McCarrs Creek. We know it's healthy because of Streamwatch studies done at the Duck Ponds (see image), where it goes under the West Head Rd. Other local creeks are compared to it as a model of good health. We need to know how all our creeks are faring and look after them, so please speak up for them. ... See MoreSee Less
Grevillea caleyi is so rare that every seed is special. Here Royal Botanical Gardens staff enclose seed pods in a gauze bag so seeds can be saved. Forgot to say we just work 8.30 - 12 . Hope you can help at The Baha’i site February 11. We have funding for several more years of work by bush regen contractors, from the Saving our Species program, and our volunteering is part of the deal. ... See MoreSee Less
Would love to have had the opportunity to help but I work full time. Are there similar opps on weekends?
Friday January 25th, 2019
Amazing nature!! Cicadas can be heard buzzing this summer and this one was found emerging from its shell. It was hardening its wings this morning, and a rare sight to see both the cicada and its skin. It took off on its travels around 8am to continue on its life’s journey which started underground from anywhere between 9mth - 7years, depending on the species! . . #cicada #insects #backyard #backyardwildlife #nature #pittwater #closeup #cicadoidea #avalon #bushcare #pnha #funfacts #macro #bugs #australia ... See MoreSee Less
Keep February 25 free for the next Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Forum - Jayden Walsh and Brad Law will shine a light on the behaviour of our native animals — particularly possums (including the endangered pygmy possum) and gliders. Brad Law, who is an expert on Eastern Pygmy Possums, will also give some insights about local fauna surveys. To book ticket: Judith Bennett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Helium Balloons The film, Rubber Jellyfish, is a delightful and engaging documentary which explores the adverse effect of one of our favourite party products, the helium balloon, on the environment, its potentially deadly effect on human beings, and its heartbreaking impact on sea turtles. The event will include an introductory speech and Q&A by marine animal activist, educator and plastic warrior Malin Frick of Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew.
To reserve tickets please visit: tickets.demand.film/event/6708qLvdnQla Demand Film screenings require that a minimum number of tickets be reserved within 5 days of the event in order for the screening to occur, so please encourage interested people to book early.
Local councils should green-up streetscapes by planting more trees, but is it enough? Surely, the panning system needs to be changed to mandate a bigger land/house ratio and make compulsory tree laden landscape plans for new builds and renovations. What do you think?
"And while one seemingly simple solution could cool down our streets, bureaucratic red tape and risk-averse councils are shunning the idea. The analysis comes from 202020 Vision, a national initiative that includes state and local governments, universities and business, which aims to increase urban green spaces by 20 per cent by 2020. It has said over the last four years tree and shrub cover in urban areas has declined by the equivalent of 4000 sq kilometres — that’s the same area as 162,000 Melbourne Cricket Grounds.That can have a negative effect on everything from anti-social behaviour to health."