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Wildlife Secrets Workshops Update

by on Jul.31, 2016, under Fauna, Information, Victoria

Upcoming Events

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Saturday 3rd September (Eltham)

Nestbox Workshop 

Want to build your own wildlife nesting box?

Need to learn how to design, 

install and maintain a box.

Creating genuine homes for wildlife is exceptionally rewarding. In this workshop we bring a leader in nest-box designs and installation. Reveal the secrets to providing a box for wildlife, keep out unwanted pests birds and bees plus make long lasting boxes that will keep your family thrilled.

Cost: $95

Where: Eltham

Bring the family or friends and have a rewarding and informative day out. We provide the box for you to assemble (Choose from 3 designs). Showbag of wildlife goodies included!

Bookings a must workshop@wildlifesecrets.com.au

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Call: 040080 99 22 or sms your interest.

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Venom Workshop – Peter Mirtschin also known as the Venom Merchant.

A workshop on learning the aspects of snake venom, anti venom and how and why snakes use their venom. This workshop covers the basic and with our special guest speaker the rare chance to directly find out about the keeping of venomous snakes and issues of venom in snakebites across Australia.

Bookings are essential. Certificate of Attendance for attendees and a venom show bag of goodies. Peter is the author of Australian Snakes Venomous and Harmless so bring your copy or buy on day signed.

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Trail cameras for wildlife monitoring

by on Feb.04, 2014, under Birds, Fauna, Information, Mammals, New South Wales, Tools and Technology

© Alex Payne

© Alex Payne

Using a motion sensor camera is a great way to get an intimate look at wildlife in your local area. With a trail camera you can observe animals in their natural environment, including shy or nocturnal species that you might rarely catch sight of with your own eyes.

Most trail cameras have an infrared flash to take images at night without disturbing animals and can be set to take single or multiple images or record video whenever the motion sensor is triggered. I have been using a mid-range camera for the last year and have found the following points will help improve the quality and quantity of the images you take.

Choosing a location

This is the most important decision you will make when setting up your camera. Water sources are always a good place to start and it is easy to have a quick look along the muddy edges for tracks that will give you a clue as to what species are in the area and how often the water source is used. Try to avoid areas where livestock congregate as a mob of cattle milling about can fill up your memory card pretty quickly!

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© Alex Payne

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Saving claws with traffic laws

by on Feb.03, 2014, under Information, Mammals, Media, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Wildlife accident awareness campaign for drivers in Australia.

Click here for full infographic.

Common Road Kill

Wildlife statistics

 

Most common locations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips on reducing animal collisions.

Tips on reducing collisions

Tips on reducing collisions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This infographic was developed by Budget Direct.

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The Cane Toad Muster new song by Dane Lyons

by on Jun.05, 2013, under Fauna, Information, Reptiles, Western Australia

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Media Release

The Cane Toad Muster Song

Kimberley Toad Busters

(see article –  Cane Toads and Kimberley Toadbusters from Vol1 No6)

It was a great moment when Dana Lyons, famous American environmental singer, known for his internationally famous song “Cows with Guns” contacted Kimberley Toad Busters and offered to help in their campaign.

Dane Lyons heard of the incredible community efforts while I was still in the states and decided that what the Kimberley community was doing in their efforts to  mitigate the cane toad impact on native biodiversity was truly amazing”  He went on to add “I was very interested in understanding how and what the Kimberley Toad Busters were actually achieving as it sounded like what they were doing was more of a military exercise to the cane toad issue than the sort of environmental approach one usually see’s when dealing with environmental threats”.

Dana spent three weeks touring the Kimberley, visiting remote communities and towns, and discussing various environmental and social issues that seemed to be of great concern to the community in general and how some of these issues were affecting the Kimberley environment. Dana commented that “everywhere I went, no matter who I talked to, the energy and commitment to the need to do more to look after the Kimberley environment was the same. Burning and cane toads were some of the issues that most people seemed concerned about. What was very clear also, was peoples angry reaction to how government could have allowed the cane toad to get this far, and why they were not doing more to assist community to deal with the problem”.                

Dana had no problems finding lyrics for his new song ‘Cane Toad Muster’ He went on to say that “one of the inspirations behind the lyrics was a comment by Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley President John Moulden, that the Kimberley was at war with the cane toads, and that if every man, woman and child was out there killing toads, then the toads would be wiped out”.

Dana’s final statement was “I had a lot of fun composing this song and I hope that I have captured the essence of the soul of Kimberley people and the results of the efforts the Kimberley Toad Busters have been trying to achieve, and that it helps them in their amazing efforts to fight the cane toad invasion across the Kimberley ”.

Contact Lee Scott-Virtue KTB President & Founder 08 91682576 or Dana Lyons 0497569469

 

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Zoology Mix and Match puzzle

by on Mar.20, 2013, under Birds, Competitions, Dinsoaurs, Fauna, Information, Invertebrates, Mammals, Reptiles

Match the correct science with the biology group!

Science Group
Paleontology Butterflies and moths
Mycology Insects
Ornithology Animal behaviour
Lepidopterology Fungi
Apiology Fish
Arachnology Mammals
Chiroptology Spiders
Entomology Birds
Herpetology Reptiles and amphibians
Mammalogy Bats
Ethology Bees
Ichthyology Fossil animals and plants

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Mystery Bird revealed!

by on Feb.06, 2013, under Birds, Fauna, Information, New South Wales

Hi I was flicking through the magazine last night while feeding my baby wombat when I came across your article on the Scarlet Honeyeater.

During the hot weather we had a couple of weeks ago I had the sprinkler running all day so the little birds could try to cool down, one little bird that I had never seen stayed under the water most of the day, I had no idea that a lot of the birds were as there were at least 100 different species most I had never seen on my property. I took a photo of this little guy and could not identify him until I saw him in the Wildlife Secrets magazine, I live south of Nowra on the South Coast

Image and text: Shirley Lack, NowraIMG_0100

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