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View from Mt Kosciuszko

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Ever wondered what it looks like at the top of Kosciusko. From the top of Australia's highest mountain. John Evan's and his merry band of bushwalkers give us a 360 degree view from the summit. For any information on bushwalking in Canberra, the ACT region and beyond I highly recommend a visit to John's website Johnny boy's walkabout.

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Gorse spider mite

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I was only noting the abundance of St John's wort flowering around here recently and pondered the difficulties of control. I suspect manual spraying is their principle form of attack. I found this recent ACT Government project interesting. The biological control of another weed of significance in Canberra, a weed called Gorse... TAMS media release -  Released 12/12/2013 "They might be too small to see but Gorse spider mite plays an important role in the battle to control environmental weeds in the ACT.  The miniscule eight-legged creatures feed exclusively on Gorse, a plant native to western Europe, now listed as a weed of national significance in Australia due to its invasive nature.  "The mites have been introduced to a site at Bruce, where they will hopefully eat through a significant amount of Gorse and establish a colony population so they can be used in other sites," Steve Taylor, Senior Weed Management Officer, ACT Parks and Conservation Service, said.  "G…

Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby - saving an endangered species

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Seems there is a new addition to the Tidbinbilla breeding program. This is particularly important for genetic diversity in a population so important to the re-introduction of these rare animals to the wild. Excellent news...
ACT Government TAMS media release Released 02/12/2013 Brett McNamara, Manager of Regional Operations, National Parks and Catchments, today announced that Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve has welcomed a very special addition to its Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby population.  "Since 2010, 53 Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies have been bred at Tidbinbilla's Animal Breeding Centre, but none quite like the little joey recently born who has introduced very valuable genetics to the rock-wallaby species," Mr McNamara said.  "Low genetic variation makes a population vulnerable to inbreeding which can be detrimental to long-term reproduction rates, so it is great to see the management strategies employed by ACT Parks and Conservation now paying dividends to increase overal…

Wild Black Stallion - Australian Brumby

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One of my favourite local youtubers. Nate Brindabella shows us a wild stallion in Kosciusko.


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