Save the Date:
Symposium on 4th July 2019

Connectivity is so important 

This weekend Friends of Mosman Park Bushland have a sea to river walk (see events below). This walk highlights Aboriginal, European and natural history following a green corridor from the Indian Ocean to the Swan River. It is gratifying to see an increase in community interest in green corridors, both in number and visibility.

 

Green corridors across Perth…..

Also on this weekend is the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Community Day (see events below), where the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Advisory Committee, community groups and locals will celebrate rehabilitation efforts within the Roe 8 corridor. Restoration of the Roe 8 corridor forms part of the Cockburn Community Wildlife Corridor – this time from wetlands to waves rather than river to the sea but importantly crossing a suite of different soil types and providing connectivity across different plant communities and passage for wildlife, while creating paths of health and wellbeing for people as they engage with nature. Earlier this year Friends of Underwood Ave. Bushland held a visioning workshop seeking a corridor from Kings Park to the ocean through Bold Park. Apart from these, there are possibilities for north-south corridors (potential Swan Helena River regional park, extension of Yellagonga regional park) and up to the hills (potential Yule Brook Regional Park) and several others.  If you have interest or information about green corridors being considered in Perth, let us know. 

Events

Upcoming events are provided here. Do you have an event coming up? Let us know.

So much happening at the moment! See past newsletters for details of previous events advertised but happening this week:15 April: Climate Changers @ Native Arc Wildlife and Education Program  

Ringtail Possum – Citizen Science program 

Hosted by Wirambi Landcare
DATE: Saturday 13 April | 10am–12pm
VENUE: Falcon eLibrary Falvia St Mandurah
COST: Free
This event is open to anyone who wishes to learn and be part of the Ringtail Possum Citizen Science Program in the Peel, Dawesville and Yalgorup area.
The information session will allow members of the public to learn about the species and what the citizen science program is about. Email communityscience.wirambi@gmail.com to register or if you have any questions.

Wild Pollinator Count 

DATE: 14 – 21 April 2019
VENUE: anywhere 
COST: Free
The Wild Pollinator Count gives you an opportunity to contribute to wild pollinator insect conservation in Australia. We invite you to count wild pollinators in your local environment and help us build a database on wild pollinator activity. 

Find out how to count pollinators, identify the insects you see and submit your own observations through the links on the Wild Pollinator count page.  If you have any questions or comments, please email us at wildpollinatorcount@gmail.com.

Sea to River 5.4km Guided Walk

Brought to you by Friends of Mosman Park Bushland
DATE: Saturday 14 April | 9:00am
VENUE:
Vlamingh’s Memorial, opposite 2 Curtin Ave, Cottesloe
COST:  Free
Join Friends of Mosman Park Bushland and be fascinated by  Aboriginal, European and natural history as we follow the green corridor from the Indian Ocean to the Swan River. Complete the circuit of 5.4kms or finish half way at Milo Beach on the Swan where morning tea awaits, and a lift back to the start for those who want it. 
Walking shoes and long pants recommended. As our birds are very shy, unfortunately dogs are not allowed. Bring a water bottle and hat. RSVP as places limited!  Please telephone Sue on 0419942483 or 
mail@mosmanparkbushland.org for details.

Rehabilitating Roe 8 Community Day

NatureLink Perth will be there! 
Hosted by City of Cockburn
DATE: Sunday 14 April | 10am–12pm
VENUE: North Lake Reserve  Hope Rd Bibra Lake
COST: Free
Free event – Registration required, get tickets Here
Do you want to know what’s been happening in this
amazing space? Join the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Advisory Committee,
community groups and locals to celebrate the rehabilitation efforts within the Roe 8 corridor.

NatureLink Perth: Sustaining biodiversity in Perth into the future

Hosted by Urban Bushland Council WA
DATE: Monday 15 April | 6pm (for a 6:30pm start)–8:30pm
VENUE: City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi Street West Perth
COST: $5 donation at door for door-prize draw.
Dr Jane Chambers from Naturelink Perth will be the guest speaker at UBC’s April General Meeting. I will be providing some of the insights we have uncovered so far and hope to find out more from an interactive meeting with all attendees. Come along – your chance to contribute to a better Perth!

Frog Fantasia

Hosted by The Wetlands Centre, Cockburn
Get Wild about Wetlands Program
 (for 2-5 yrs) 
DATE: Thursday 18 April | 9:30am–11:00am
VENUE: The Wetland Centre, Cockburn, 184 Hope Rd Bibra Lake
COST: $5 
To book click Here

Engage with nature by learning about our local frog species with your little one. Find out why frogs croak and when, where they like to live and who they like to eat. Also make a home for your own little frog! Please bring a hat and wear long trousers and closed in shoes.

Quenda Defenders

Hosted by Native Arc Wildlife and Education Program (for 5-11 yrs) 
DATE: Thursday 18 April | 10am–12pm
VENUE: Native Arc, 172 Hope Rd Bibra Lake
COST: $5 
Registrations essential. Places are limited: click 
Here
Discover the hidden lives of Quendas. Learn about their secret behaviours and how you can help restore their habitat. Make your own native animal Easter chocolates to take home. 

In the News:

Lack of trees in Perth’s new suburbs: why? 

New Perth homes have a tree-phobia: The quiet death of the backyard tree

WA Today Heather McNeill   4 April 2019

The death of Perth’s backyard has been well documented, but what about the death of the big, shady backyard tree?

They’re still present in Perth’s most affluent suburbs, like the leafy Mosman Park or Nedlands, and they’re considered to add value to properties, so why have homeowners in Perth’s new estates and sub-divisions developed a ‘tree-phobia’?

An interesting article on the intersect between ecology and economics: 
Surviving climate change means transforming both economics and design
The Conversation  Joanna Boehnert  12 April 2019

What could be more important than sustaining habitable living conditions on Earth? Climate change, biodiversity loss and other environmental problems demand changes on an order of magnitude well beyond the trajectory of business-as-usual. And yet, despite accumulative social and technological innovation, environmental problems are accelerating far more quickly than sustainable solutions.

Hi everyone,

Thanks for your interest in NatureLink Perth.  Actions you can take are highlighted by a resources with a 
 
A few folks were confused with the NatureLinkPerth and Nature City events described in last week’s newsletter. Just to clarify: Nature City (26-28 June) is a 2 day seminar with invited speakers, and speakers selected from submitted abstracts. It a multi-disciplinary event aiming to connect science and practice to showcase the latest research and best practice, as well as encouraging networking and cross-disciplinary and science-practice collaboration. Naturelink Perth (4-5 July) is an interactive symposium providing a wealth of perspectives, information and opportunities designed  to network people and nature, to find a way to create a more liveable city through nature based urban design and a network of our natural assets throughout Perth. 

They are two separate events, organised by two different groups of people who are coordinating their programs – something much needed in this space. You can go to either or both. We hope both. 😉

Last Friday night we met with a number of ‘Friends of’ groups in the City of Joondalup including: Friends of Yellagonga Regional Park, Friends of Hepburn Heights, Joondalup Coast Care Forum, Friends of Korella Park Bushland,  Friends of North Ocean Reef Iluka Foreshore, Friends of Warwick Bushland, Friends of Porteous Park, and Friends of Craigie Bushland. NatureLink Perth provided a guest speaker to the meeting that sought to create an umbrella organization between the groups to meet and discuss common ideas and issues, and benefit from a combined voice. This idea was supported by all groups present and the first the topic of this inaugural meeting was fire management in bushland reserves – a significant topic in the NatureLink Perth portfolio. It was great to meet everyone and hear such passion and insight.  

On Monday, our management team met with Dr Lucy Commander, Chair of the organising committee for Nature City (link to last week’s newsletter) and Project Manager at the Australian Network for Plant Conservation who have recently updated the ‘Guidelines for the Translocation of Threatened Plants in Australia’. 

 

The Translocation Guidelines provides a wealth of detail on the why, when, where, who and how of plant translocation and we recommend it as a valuable resource. Some great ideas came out of the conversation including creating a database which lists the threats and associated management strategies for threatened species in WA, similar to the Saving Our Species(SOS) database in NSW. Encouraging local councils to pool resources to fund research-and-demonstration sites for improving natural assets (e.g. a Banksia Woodland Restoration Plan in Perth).

On Tuesday, our policy and planning team met with Catherine Garlick who previously worked at the Office of the EPA (OEPA) providing advice and policy development for the Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Region (now under review until June 2019).  She was able to clarify many of the processes and policy approach around planning and the environment, including the interactions between different agencies based on her role with the OEPA.

On Wednesday we attended a workshop for national and state-based research scientists hosted by the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI). WABSI are working with the WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) to develop an operating model and technology roadmap for a Biodiversity Information Office (BIO) (by the end of April 2019). The WA State Government is considering establishing a Biodiversity Information Office (BIO) with responsibility for collating and curating individual biodiversity survey datasets into an openly accessible, state-wide managed collection – a service like that delivered by the Geological Survey of Western Australia for geoscience data. A wonderful resource for improving our knowledge and management of biodiversity in WA. 

On Thursday, we met with Dr Bruce Webber, WABSI Program Director for Ecosystem Processes & Threat Mitigation and had a very positive discussion about NatureLink Perth and potential current and future collaborations between our two organisations.

A busy week! Hope to see you on Monday night at the Urban Bushland Council’s general meeting (see events above). Please email us any information you have, people you think we should contact or events/activities that are happening – so we can share with everyone through NatureLink Perth and make all of us more effective agents of change.

 

Cheers,

Jane and the NatureLink Perth team