Change of location
Meet this Sunday 11 February 8am
It has been so dry we need to water our bursaria plantings so we will see you at the Mannheim gate at 8am next Sunday or at the water cube if you arrive a bit later :).
Help out with Kangaroo Counts (From Conservation Planning and Research)
It’s that time of year again (already) where there are a bunch of kangaroos eagerly awaiting their annual count. Your help last year was very much appreciated and we hope that you can come along again this year. Kat, Mel and Claire (your count coordinators) would love to have you along on the following dates:
Mulligans Flat – Feb 13th (Half day)
Goorooyaroo (Dunnarts Flat/Forest) – Feb 15th (Half day) Jerrabomberra East – Feb 27th (Half day)
Gungaderra – March 6th (Full day)
Mt Painter – March 15th (Full day)
Pinnacle - March 20th (Full day)
Aranda – April 5th (Full day)
This year we will be using the new ParkCare Hub to sign up volunteers. All of the scheduled counts will be advertised on the Hub and you can register and sign up completely online (saving a lot of back and forth emailing!). Currently the Mulligans Flat, Goorooyaroo and Jerra East Counts are on the Hub and ready for people to sign up to. To access the hub go to https://www.environment.act.gov.au/parks-conservation/parks-and-reserves/get-involved/the-ParkCare-initiativeand click on the REGISTER link. Once you are registered you are ready to sign up to all of our activities (plus all ParkCare activities). I understand that not everyone may be able to sign up online so please contact me if you have any problems or concerns. Regards, Katherine Jenkins 02 6207 8282
Volunteer action plan for the ACT
The ACT Government wants our help to develop a Volunteering Action Plan to better support volunteering in Canberra. Head to YourSay.act.gov.au before 18 February 2018 to share your ideas.
ACT Aquatic Species and Riparian Conservation Strategy out for comment
Dear Mt Taylor Park Care community
Hope you have had a wonderful festive and new year break - we will not meet this month as more hot weather later this week and over the weekend.
Next meet Sunday 11 February 2018
We will meet after the school holidays on Sunday 11 February from 8am - Anne will be at the reserve gate along Sulwood Drive just before the Colquhoun entrance at 8am and then make her way up to the Swainsona patch where we will use use shears to lop StJW flower heads around the patch. You can either meet Anne at the entrance or make you own way to the patch - I will be walking over from the north-side with 4 sets of shears.
Park Care HubDon't forget to sign up to the ParkCare Hub if you are interested in other parks volunteering opps and information from the Parks Service,. Once registered, you will be able to log in at www.myvolunteerpage.com
Next meet and recent work
Dear Parkcare Community
We hope you had a restful and peaceful Christmas break - our Next Meet is Weekend 20-21 January really am start - mark your diaries and further info will follow - we will be controlling woody weeds in the adjustment.
South side of Taylor - Anne's Work Report
Spent 2.5 hrs fixing up fly trap above warren..(3 new entrances dug!) and killed/ removed over 100 young verbascums above trap and down towards our bench.
Wildflowers on display
Our First Bracky flowering, smaller ones recovering from drought in winter with new leaves and slow growth; one Callitris near our B group hasuddenly grown into nearly 3M high..amazing!! Some Bursarias flowering..one large one just covered in flowers..beautiful.
The flower display is really quite amazing, mainly small but around and 18 inctotal..the best being the Walenbergias, native raspberry (fruit), tolpis, native flax, pimelea, native St J wort, Xerochrysum viscosum.still magnificent, Eryngium rostratum sharp blue both plants in flower and surviving (thanks to branches) masses St J W in full flower, three briars in flower, proliferous pink and delightful pink centaurium and pure pink Convulvulus..these plants within a squ km..and also, a very good sward of native grasses, particularly sp of Stipa.
Our weed control working
There are certain areas above Mannheim and towards the reservoir (along side Sulwood) where we have reduced the verbascum population drastically and weeding this am was a pleasure! We had also reduced the seeding population of the St J W last summer and again the task is less onerous. And this comes back to controlling the St J W seeding population by slashing the flowering stalks during summer/winter and also removing the total plants by hand: despite the ground is dry, I was able to pull out complete plants today as well as breaking flower heads off.
A car/truck track has come off the end of the concrete path towards the agistment fence, tracked up the area above our bench and then disappeared towards the Sulwood reservoir. There are now 5 padlocks on the Mannheim gate: does anyone know about the extra ones? We need to remove the many W/W briars now appearing in the agistment right on our clean areas above Mannheim.
Happy NY and looking forward to 2018