Koala Survey

Flutter by Butter Fly

Swordgrass Brown butterfly

The butterfly pictured above was photographed at Kinglake last week and is the Swordgrass Brown Butterfly (Tisiphone abeona albifascia). Keep your eyes open for the many species active now the warmer months are here.

The Great Victorian Koala Count took place in early November. One Koala was reported by a member of our group and was added to the survey. This was Ted, (refer;  If you go down in the woods today ) who shows up every few months for a snooze in one of his favourite trees and then wanders off again. Ted hadn’t been seen since March and we feared he may have become road kill or died of old age- great to see him again. More Koala stories can be found in March is Koala month or Snippets or visit Great Victorian Koala Count

Flowerdale Landcare Newsletter, November 2015

Engaging with Our Community, Our Environment

Next event;

Sunday December 13th; Coonan’s Reserve, Flowerdale

Breakfast, Bird and Brook, End of year Celebration.

8:30 a.m.

Hi everyone,

There hasn’t been a newsletter issued for some 6 months, so bringing you up to date is well overdue. In case you missed our Annual General Meeting,-  the committee is now;

President – Derek Hall

Treasurer – Claude Baxter

Assistant Treasurer – Rick Wheeler

Vice President – Paul Michael

Secretary – Pam Watson

Ordinary Committee – Steve Brennan, Steve Joblin, Carol Stadelmann, Wayne Watson

We have since engaged in National Tree Day and Schools National Tree Day plantings as well as a successful Broom Busting day at Moore’s Reserve. These activities as always were followed up by a BBQ lunch and beverage. Since then a volunteer blackberry spraying day was again undertaken by the group. Thanks to Paul Michael, Derek Hall and Steve Joblin who put in around 20 hours on this project.

Flowerdale Landcare has now turned 3 years old and held the 2nd Great Flowerdale Duck Race last weekend. Last year we had a turnout of 23 people and a real fun day on both the Silver and King Parrot Creeks. This year the Landcare Group decided to have a Picnic on the Lawn at Flowerdale Community House in the hope of attracting locals as part of a Fire Awareness initiative.

Long time resident and CFA Fire education officer Judy Baker presented information on developing a family fire plan and staying safe through the fire danger period.

Our lunch was provided through grant support from Kinglake Ranges Foundation, which meant that any donations received on the day could be presented to the Flowerdale CFA. Thanks to Viv Phelan for the tasty sandwiches and cakes prepared for us. Flowerdale Landcare president Derek Hall was proud to present Judy Baker with a cheque for $115 which will assist our CFA community volunteers who put in many hours of training on our behalf. (By the way, Madam Secretary Pam Watson’s duck was first under the Bridge which gave her the prize of a meal voucher at the Flowerdale Hotel!). Thanks to our supporters and members Steve and Viv Phelan proprietors of Flowerdale Hotel , for their support.

Flowerdale Landcare years end will be officially celebrated again at the Coonan’s Reserve with a breakfast at 8.30 a.m. on Sunday December 13th. Come along and celebrate the achievements of the year, you might even be lucky enough to see a platypus or rakali as we did at lunchtime last year. This gathering will also be the opportunity to confirm events planned for the next 12 months.

In 2016 we will have access to 5,000 plants supplied by Fifteen trees  and we are grateful to our corporate sponsors for their continued support. In 2015, Flowerdale Landcare assisted in the planting of 4,250 seedlings which I believe was the greatest effort by any of the 16 groups in the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network. This effort was supported by Fifteen Trees and Pana Chocolate

March is Koala Month……

Flowerdale resident Erin mailed in the following vignette……..

Hi Steve

We first saw the Koala on Tuesday morning just out the front of the house … Ben noticed it on the ground when looking out his bedroom window (how awesome living in the country!!?).  It then scaled one of the huge eucalypts at the front of the house … I have a couple of photo’s but I only had my phone on me so they’re not great.  It was also up about 30m!!  I had actually heard it grunting and growling on Monday night when I was locking up the chooks …

Then of course it disappeared and it was only this morning when I was dropping the boys off at the bus stop that I noticed it again (I presume it is the same one).  Last known whereabouts … about 20-30m along our road on the right hand side (on letterbox side of road).  It’s not on private property – there is a small grove of eucalypts on the roadside.  Hopefully it’ll stick around there in time for you to have a look tomorrow.

Don’t get mobile reception at farm (unless you stand on one leg on a ladder with your arm out the window and your tongue sticking out …).

Thanks for sending in your observation Erin. I checked the area you indicated and was able to locate the koala asleep in a grey box (Eucalyptus macrocarpa). I had a pretty good look at it and am sure it wasn’t Ted, who appears in an earlier post. There was no ear tag on your koala and no scarring. I went back again this morning but the koala had moved on overnight. The vocalisation you describe is actually the love song of the male trying to attract a mate. Consider yourself serenaded!   Click here to listen to a koala call http://youtu.be/qIuHICSahzc

March is Koala month and the King Parrot Creek Environment Group would love to hear of any sightings in the Flowerdale region this month that we can verify and map.

Call me on 0412 334 521 or email me through this blogsite and we will send someone out to photograph and gps your sighting.