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Belair Bush Buddies

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, July 02, 2018

Hi everyone,

Belair Bush Buddies is a group for upper primary aged kids who are interested in the environment and is run by members of the Friends of Belair National Park. If you'd like to know a little more about Belair Bush Buddies check out our website:

http://communitywebs.org/FriendsofBelairPark/bush_buddies.html

We have our July meeting coming up next weekend and encourage any kids interested to come along with their parents, grandparents, or guardians. It is on Sunday, 8th July, from 10am until midday in the Volunteer Centre.

This month we have special guest speaker Greg Johnston, a wildlife biologist, coming to give a talk on bird beaks and feet! Bird beaks and feet come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and functions so it will be a very interesting talk. For the second half of the meeting we will head outside with Greg to spot some of the features we have learnt during the talk, so bring along some binoculars if you have them.

Here is a little about Greg from the SA Museum website:

"Greg Johnston is a semi-retired wildlife biologist, originally from Eyre Peninsula, Australia. He has worked in the mining industry, universities, zoos, and with conservation NGOs. Between 2000 and 2010 he established the research and conservation program at Zoos SA's Adelaide and Monarto Zoos, where he was Head of Science. Prior to that Greg worked at the Blaustein Institute for Desert Research in Israel and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. He has extensive field experience in Australia and in Papua New Guinea.Greg has degrees in zoology and anatomy and a PhD in biology. He has published over 60 books, book chapters and scientific papers. He holds honorary positions at the South Australian Museum, Flinders University and the University of Adelaide, where he is an adjunct Associate Professor.Greg lives in Adelaide and is a keen amateur photographer. He plays banjo badly, although his family would rather he didn’t!"

Please wear closed in shoes and long pants for this meeting as we are heading outside. Here's hoping the weather is favourable but bring along a raincoat just in case! As always, parents are most welcome and encouraged! And, it is free entry for all attending, just let gate staff know you're there for the Belair Bush Buddies.

Friends of Parks Promotional Video - just released

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, June 24, 2018

Healthy Parks Healthy People || 5 Ways to WINTER wellbeing in nature!

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, June 08, 2018

Dear All,

Thank you for your support with the launch of the Healthy Parks Healthy People 5 Ways to Wellbeing in Nature campaign late last year, and/or your interest in this work.

As you will recall, the aim of the campaign was to provide all South Australians with simple tools and opportunities to maintain good mental health and wellbeing, and to promote nature as an ideal setting for achieving these.

This campaign raised high awareness with 9,296 visits to the SA Health website and the videos were displayed in Facebook newsfeeds 1,593,914 times. The Facebook videos were also shared a total of 881 times and all received at least 75% positive sentiment.

 

Due to the success of the campaign, a second burst of activity is running throughout June 2018, to promote the 5 Ways to WINTER Wellbeing in Nature.

 

During winter months, people often stay indoors more and this can impact on their mental health and wellbeing. This burst of activity will promote winter themed nature based activities. In South Australia there are many parks and nature events that are best experienced in winter. The messaging will also remind people that winter is a time of the year when it is particularly important to think about ways to protect mental health and wellbeing as colder weather and less daylight hours can have a negative impact on mood for many people.

We need your help to spread these messages far and wide. If your organisation is keen to post some materials you can still access them online here.

We have also attached a newsletter article about the campaign that could be adapted for your stakeholders and audiences. The Good Living Blog will publish a new article to promote the campaign as well. Please like and share and keep your eye out for our SA Health posts throughout winter and if you would like to know more specific details about the posts, we can share the schedule with you.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any further questions about how you could use these materials.

Kind regards,

The Healthy Parks Healthy People Project Team

GLENTHORNE: pre-launch order form

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, April 29, 2018

GLENTHORNE:

a Defining History and Indefinite Politics

Pam Smith, Keryn Walshe & Alan Burns

7 chapters, 109 pages, 14 pages colour illus. + many b&w illus

A history written with passion and a commitment to the future – a future with the 208 hectare Glenthorne Farm at O’Halloran Hill preserved as open space for future generations.

Glenthorne is environmentally significant with a rich and diverse history.

Glenthorne book Glenthorne book (496 KB)

Rivers Fellowship Program: Recruitment 2018

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, January 12, 2018

Conservation SA, in partnership with the Lifeblood Alliance and Australian Conservation Foundation, is currently recruiting the next cohort of River Fellows for 2018 and we have an information session coming up at the Joinery on the evening of 23 Jan. Could you please forward the information below to anyone who might be interested?

 

Rivers Fellowship Program: Recruitment 2018

We've reached a pivotal moment for the future of our rivers, and the Lifeblood Alliance are on the search for community leaders wanting to stand up for the health of our waterways.

Applications are now open for the Rivers Fellowship- a practical nine-month program designed to train and support community leaders in the Murray Darling Basin in all things community organising, narrative, media and political lobbying. Last year’s River Fellows were instrumental in exposing the theft and corruption undermining our rivers and building community support through the Healthy Rivers Roadshow. But it’s not over yet.

Are you ready to step up? An information session will be held on Tue 23 Jan at the Joinery in Adelaide register your interest now.

 

The following webinar info sessions are also scheduled:

Webinar | Thursday 18th January | 7:30pm EST | RSVP here <https://www.acf.org.au/rivers_fellowship_info_jan_18

Webinar | Tuesday 30th January | 5:30pm EST | RSVP here <https://www.acf.org.au/rivers_fellowship_info_jan_30

Webinar | Wednesday 7th February | 5:30pm EST | RSVP here <https://www.acf.org.au/rivers_fellowship_info_feb_7

Webinar | Monday 12th February | 7:30pm EST | RSVP here <https://www.acf.org.au/rivers_fellowship_info_feb_12

Webinar | Thursday 22nd February | 5:30pm EST | RSVP here <https://www.acf.org.au/rivers_fellowship_info_feb_22

 

If you need further information please contact Bethany.Koch@acf.org.au.

Applications close February 28 2018.

 

Many thanks,

Kathy Whitta - Sustainable Communities Coordinator

kathy.whitta@conservationsa.org.au

Gluepot Reserve - Environmental Education Courses 2018

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, December 09, 2017

Gluepot is Australia’s largest community operated conservation reserve, situated 64km north of Waikerie and the River Murray in South Australia’s Riverland. Comprising 54,000ha of prime mallee country – much of it old growth – the Reserve is managed exclusively by volunteers with the aim of "effectively managing a large, internationally significant area for biodiversity conservation".

Gluepot Reserve - Environmental Education Courses 2019 Gluepot Reserve - Environmental Education Courses 2019 (230 KB)

Remnant Native Vegetation Plan - City of Marion

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, December 01, 2017

I am pleased to advise that after approximately 18 months of pretty hard slog, many many reports and liaison with elected members and other staff we have been able to release the draft Remnant Native Vegetation Plan 2018 to 2023 for community consultation. This document will be the basis for guiding and funding ongoing works to protect precious Remnant Native Vegetation across the City of Marion. Please have a look and undertake the very small survey. Please also feel free to send the link to other members of your groups and anyone you think may be interested. Hopefully we will have some overwhelmingly positive feedback to allow this exciting initiative to continue, I am quite dependant on your support to ensure this occurs. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss this further.

http://www.makingmarion.com.au/remnant-native-vegetation-plan


Jerry Smith
Coordinator Biodiversity | City of Marion

P 08 7420 6496 | F 08 8377 0006 | M 0478 408 888
E Jerry.Smith@marion.sa.gov.au | W www.marion.sa.gov.au

PhD top-up scholarship - University of Adelaide

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Study with TERN (Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network)

2018 PhD Top-up Scholarship
Orchids: Canary in the coal mine for climate change

We are offering a PhD top-up scholarship of $7,000 per annum for three years for an enthusiastic student to undertake research on orchids in a changing climate in association with Wild Orchid Watch (WOW). You will be based at TERN's high impact research group at the University of Adelaide, which manages a field-based ecosystem surveillance monitoring program operating across the country.

Applicants holding, or intending to apply for a scholarship such as a Research Training Program Stipend (RTPS) or equivalent are eligible. In addition, operational costs will be covered. The project is hosted by the University of Adelaide in the School of Biological Sciences and our team is based at the Waite Campus.

More information here: http://www.ausplots.org/study-with-us/

Rosalie Lawrence, Native Orchid Society of SA Inc.,

A new app, Discover the Flinders Ranges, is now available

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, November 12, 2017

A moment to savour, the app, Discover the Flinders Ranges, is now available from both Apple Store and Google Play.

If you are unsure,the Apple Store suits iPhone and iPad, while the Google Play is for phones and tablets using Android.

You can download for free right now from either of the URLs:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/discover-the-flinders-ranges/id1252160121?mt

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mytoursapp.android.app1235

We are greatly indebted to Bob Geary for achieving this milestone. Without his willingness to share his IT knowledge and skill, and his preparedness to devote more than 800 hours of his time to this project, the app would never have been developed. It is a unique contribution made by volunteers to benefit a national park and the people who visit it.

Bob is the first to acknowledge the support provided in the app development by a number of other members. These include Julie Owen, Peter and Robyn Trezise, Athol Jackson, Meredyth Geary, Helen Monterola, Terry Krieg, Anthea and Carl Hudson, Victor Gostin, Frank Williams , Tony Bott, Jan, Dave, Carmel and Maria. Publications of tours by Tony Bott provided much of the material used in the tours included in the app. If we add to Bob’s time, the hours these folk contributed to the project, we have well in excess of 1000 volunteer hours.

Already there are intentions to add further to the app over time with more tours and more guides. We are keen to include Adnyamathana culture and tours, and information about campgrounds and other park features too.

We hope that you enjoy looking through the app and finding time to use it in the park.

Please take every opportunity you can to tell relatives and friends that the app is available, and encourage them to download it then visit the Flinders Ranges.

Regards,

Vince Monterola

State History Conference 2017

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, September 17, 2017

For Conference Program and Registration follow this link - http://newsletter.history.sa.gov.au/t/ViewEmail/r/6D6392F68BB7E3A62540EF23F30FEDED/DCB4F21EBA6DF106F351F20C80B74D5E


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