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MOUNTAIN PYGMY POSSUM

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I'm a big fan of local film maker Richard Snashall's documentaries. In this video in his Alpine Stories series Richard interviews Dr Linda Broome, the world's leading authority on the rare Mountain Pygmy Possum(Burramys parvus) which lives above the Australian snowline.

Interviewed at the Perisher ski resort (blue cow) they discusses the life cycle and habitat of the animal. Diet, ecosystem and the efforts being undertaken to preserve the species and the threats that they face today.

On a side note a different but similar species, the Eastern Pygmy Possum, (Cercartetus nanus) was re-discovered in July last year in Namadgi National Park (post here). Both the Eastern and Mountain Pygmy Possum go into temporary hibernation during the winter. I think they are very similar but I'm sure there are many differences.

I present to you the Mountain Pygmy Possum Pt 1...

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If you like Richard's style he produced a series on Canberra's  history cal…

BUSH PIGS

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Tonight, after the storms, was a very still evening in Namadgi and a perfect opportunity to do a little thermal "spotlighting" of a few marsupials. We arrived at Smokers Trail and decided to walk down an old forestry trail to a wide gully with a small un-named creek at the bottom. Lovely area.

How do I know that its an un-named creek? I'll digress enough to promote a map available at the Namadgi Visitors Center. Its called the Rooftop's Namadgi - ACT South Activities Map. For those technical its a 1:50,000 map with 20m contours.

It was also apparently compiled by a bloke that walked every walking track in the Australian Capital Territory with a GPS strapped to his head. It is double sided with the northern half on one side and the southern half on the other.

Anyway everything is marked, roads, tracks, walking trails and places of interest with a brief description. It also has point to point distance markers which is particularly useful. I can't recommend it highly…

CANBERRA'S BI-CENTENARY

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Just a ramble about Canberra’s bi-centenary. Although it is widely publicised that next year marks the 100th anniversary of Lady Denmen formally declaring Canberra as the Nation's Capital, it was however, first ‘discovered’ 92 years before that. By this reckoning Canberra turns 200 in 2021.
Now some will argue that Canberra did not exist before 1913 but I can reference dozens of articles referring to Canberra as Canberra decades before Lady Denman’s declaration.  Today’s Canberra has thousands of descendants from Canberra’s pre federation rural past and it is these families who lose out in some respects in depicting a true and accurate history of Canberra.
For the nation perhaps the unveiling of a stone in 1913 marked nationhood, the capitals centenary but as for Canberra itself it was just another milestone to an area with its origins in our colonial past. If you really want to be pedantic European colonisation was just a milestone in an ancient Ngambri past.
I’ve argued this point …

STRANGE NAMADGI RECORDINGS

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Now to really bore everyone. I've been spending time in Namadgi National Park enjoying a new hobby of recording animal and bird noises.

It's a fairly simple procedure involving a voice activated recorder (the dictaphone type) an external lapel microphone and a little plastic for weatherproofing.

Depending on the amount of bird chatter and the quality (expense) of batteries used the recorder can run for around three days and can record anywhere between a minute of recording if there is not much activity and two and a half hours on a good session.

A piece of agricultural pipe protects the recorder and is fixed horizontally on a tree and the microphone leads to an upturned cup suspended as high as I can reach above the ground. I have managed to record some extended sound files of a few different native species who's calls seem to me to be more chorus like in the bush. No interfering noises from surrounding suburbs and a wider variety of species.

Having said all that this post …

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

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 This is a personal post. Nothing historical here...

Happy new year! 2012 a year before our capital's centenary. I took a real shine to learning Canberra's real history on April 21st 2010 when I visited the Aboriginal grinding grooves of Theodore. Things went from there...

For those of you who don't know I have had a lifelong struggle with Bipolar Affective Disorder Type 1. I live a calm medicated life today but it wasn't always that way. I digress... I do however still endure the fluctuations of mania and depression. It is always a plus when a mania co-insides with a normalish (is there such a word) activity of interest. So learning about Canberra's rich history has helped me through many high and low times in the past year and a half and I think it has been a beneficial experience.

However, apart from what pops up, I think I have earned my degree in Canberra history and feel a bit over rehashing the same knowledge to a new audience over and over. I didn't exp…