Five Muckleford Landcare members took part in the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club annual bird count on the weekend.
Eleanor, Albi, Theo, Neville and Beth braved the unusually cold morning to survey the Castlemaine golf course. We found 155 birds in total and 44 different species.
The highlight occurred the next day when Deb Worland and her son Chris (regular bird monitors at the golf course) gave us a tip-off about some powerful owls and we all ran back to sight and record them in the survey as well. Eleanor and Albi took some beautiful photos http://www.gypsytwitchers.com
If people are interested, we could make this a whole of landcare group activity next year – we’ll put it on the agenda at the AGM.
The last Muckleford Landcare event for 2017 is the Christmas breakup drinks and AGM on 7th December, in the garden at The Hub, 233 Templeton Street, Castlemaine, starting at 4.30pm.
At this meeting, we will elect the Committee which is made up of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and ordinary member/s. I believe the current committee will be standing again and is as follows:
President: Neville Cooper
Vice-President: David Griffiths
Secretary: Beth Mellick
Treasurer: Paul Hampton
Ordinary member: Chris Mackenzie
Please let me know if you would like to stand for any of the Committee positions, especially ordinary members.
It will also be the time for Landcare members to sign up for 2018. A new membership form is available on the website, but it will be emailed to current members as well.
Please come along and have a drink, share stories, and take part in the discussion on our NCCMA-funded project in 2018 – Bassett Creek Restoration Project Stage 2. There’s lots to do on this project and all offers of help would be accepted gladly.
Local Landcare member, Eleanor Wright, has been tackling the African Weed Orchid which is quickly moving into Muckleford. Eleanor reports that each plant can release 10,000 dust-like spores each season if not removed. She has dealt with her infestations by digging them out by hand.