Planned activities: This month we will be planting. It's important to plant species in the best location to enhance their growth and survival. Some species prefer rocky soils on slopes, some prefer being closer to the river, or need protection from the hardest frosts. So where we plant will depend on what species the rangers can give us. If anyone would like to take photos or record what is flowering and what animals we see, that would also be great.
Please wear suitable clothes and sturdy footwear, a sense of humour, and bring water. If you have a favourite planting or pruning tool bring that too.
Last month: For our August activity we walked along the river track recording what was flowering or moving, and removing tree guards from older plantings. That prevents the trees (mostly Eucalyptus viminalis or Ribbon gums) from being strangled by the tree guards as they grow. Some of the trees were planted as much as 12 years ago and were over 3 metres tall so they were sorely in need. In all, we removed something like 40 guards. We hope to re-use some of the sturdier guards on future plantings. It was great to see how well the successive plantings along the river are growing.
We'll add a link to the species we observed in August. Some years we've seen more species flowering so we expect to see more flowering in September. John saw an unidentified wallaby, we also saw lizards (only their tails disappearing), brown thornbills, and heard many other small birds. There were so many guards to remove though that we didn't have as much time to observe.
For more information about the POSM group, see the Parkcarers of Southern Murrumbidgee page.
Hope to see you all on the 21st September.
Future activities are planned for the following dates in 2013:
October 19, November 23, December 14.