Posts tagged as ‘Fauna’


Dark Emu, by Bruce Pascoe

A wonderfully thought-provoking journey into indigenous farming and social structure based around the existence of agriculture, farming and social village-style living in pre-1788 Indigenous Australian culture.

In Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe challenges the fundamental conception that Australia’s Traditional Owners lived solely as hunter-gatherers and instead produces a compelling argument that Indigenous Australia was one of social structure, village-type living and had established agriculture and food systems that linked Indigenous communities the length and breadth of the country.

Pascoe produces evidence-based arguments that Indigenous Australians built houses, sustainably farmed, harvested, preserved and saved cereals, grains, and seeds – even baking cakes and bread, built complex systems in fresh and salt water aquaculture and systematically farmed terrestrial fauna such as kangaroos using stone battues, systematic hunting and harvesting and fire management for feed and mustering.

This book brings together a vast range of evidence from archeological history, accounts from pioneer and explorer journals and spoken indigenous history to paint a very different picture of pre-1788 Australia.

This one is a real must-read.

For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire.
Stay tuned every here or on the facebook page Wednesday and Friday for another resource off the shelf.

Posted 24 April 2020 in Agriculture, Community Engagement, Cultural, Education, Engagement, Fauna, Flora, LPLN Regenerative Reads 2020, News


Indigenous Plants of Bendigo, A gardeners guide to growing and protecting local plants

Though this is focused on Bendigo and not the Loddon Plains, this guide is a ripper in the garden or in the field.

It has great information for identifying and growing different species, and the thing I love about it is that it is built in such a way that someone can go for a walk in the bush, find a species they might like to try on their property or in the garden and be able to look it up in this book for details on where it grows, what conditions it prefers and other details.

For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire.
Stay tuned every here or on the facebook page Wednesday and Friday for another resource off the shelf.

Posted 17 April 2020 in Community Engagement, Education, Fauna, Flora, LPLN Regenerative Reads 2020, News


Pollinators, Birds, Wildflowers and Frogs & Reptiles pocket guides

With the Autumn Backyard Bird count underway and Karen Retra’s Wild Pollinator Count happening next week from the 12th to the 19th of April, it’s a great time to feature these guides.

Featuring most commonly found species, these guides are a great resource for identifying different birds and invertebrates on the farm, in the bush or in the backyard. Great for beginners or those with an interest in what might be around them.

I’m rarely without the pollinator or birds guides – though this might be a little biased given my interests!

Find more information about the programs and how you can participate in these surveys by clicking through to these links:

And for some easy to use survey guides and resources you can use these:…/Victorian-Pollinators-1-pag……/WL_-_Woodland_ID_booklet_v7_we…

For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire.
Stay tuned every here or on the facebook page Wednesday and Friday for another resource off the shelf.

Posted 10 April 2020 in Community Engagement, Education, Engagement, Fauna, Flora, LPLN Regenerative Reads 2020, News

Two FREE workshops on 5th November – LPLN Network Grant


As part of the LPLN Network Grant, we are happy to offer this great opportunity

There will be two FREE workshops on Sunday 5th of November at the Wedderburn Community House.

You can attend either or both workshops, and morning tea will be provided between the two sessions

The 9:00 am workshop is on how to use the simple mapping program, Avenza (which is free to download and use on Android phones or tablets). We will have plenty of Samsung Tablets to use (or you can bring your own device if you wish). This is a great way to map out sightings, areas of weed, accurately map out paddocks, record walking tracks etc.


The 11:00 am workshop is on how to use the NatureShare website This is a great site, where you can share images of our local biodiversity and view what else has been sighted in our local area.

Hope to see you there, but don’t forget to RSVP to

Posted 29 October 2017 in Agriculture, Community Engagement, Education, Events, Fauna, Flora, Grants, News, Newsletter

Terrick Terrick National Park Activities weekend Sept 29th – 1st Oct 2017

This is a great weekend and you get to visit the endangered Plains Wanderer habitat, hear great speakers and generally have a great time.

Posted 28 July 2017 in Community Engagement, Cultural, Education, Events, Fauna, Flora, News

Wetland Restoration, Ecology & Management and Wetland Plant ID courses 2017

I suspect that this may be of interest to a few of you.
The Wetland Ecology and Management course is back.
This year Rakali Ecological Consulting are running three wetland courses (you can see details below or on their website).


Posted 31 May 2017 in Education, Fauna, Flora, News

Michael Moore awarded the Wedderburn Community Service Award

Congratulations to Michael Moore, Secretary of the Loddon Plains Landcare Network’s Committee of Management, the President of the Wedderburn Conservation Management Network and a member of the Friends of Kooyoora National Park.

Michael was awarded the Wedderburn Community Service Award from the Loddon Shire at the Australia Day awards ceremony in Wedderburn. This is on top of being recognised by Parks Victoria and awarded an individual Kookaburra award just a few months ago.


To our knowledge, this is the first time a Community Service Award has been awarded by the Loddon Shire for conservation work, and is seen as a positive sign by the Landcare and conservation communities.


Michael has volunteered many, many hours, working for the Wedderburn CMN, Loddon Plains Landcare Network and the Friends of Kooyoora. He has been a key driver in protecting our local Mallee Fowl population, putting together projects to improve local habitat and building connectivity between key sections of our environment.

It was great to see so many members of the local community, celebrating Australia day together. The success of the day was guaranteed by the fantastic work from the Wedderburn Lions Club and the Loddon Shire, ensuring such a great day.

Well done, and thank you, Michael.

Posted 30 January 2017 in Community Engagement, Cultural, Fauna, Flora, News

Kamarooka Wetlands Tour and Bill’s Big Day Out

As part of the Naturally Loddon Festival,

the Loddon Plains Landcare Network is pleased to announce this upcoming event

Kamarooka Wetlands tourKamarooka Bill Gallagher big day out Seating is limited, so seats will be allocated on a first come basis.


Posted 15 August 2016 in Community Engagement, Education, Events, Fauna, Flora, News

LPLN member group, Mt Korong Eco-Watch (MKEW) negotiates successful outcome

The following article about the successful negotiation by MKEW with DEDJTR and Ironbark Mining, was published in the Loddon Times on the 19-07-2016.

Loddon Times 19 7 16008

Posted 21 July 2016 in Community Engagement, Cultural, Fauna, Flora, News

Green Army opportunities in our area

The Green Army is an Australian Government initiative that helps connect young Australians with meaningful work through environmental and conservation projects across the nation.

The Green Army can provide you with skills, training and experience to improve your employment prospects while you work on projects that generate real and lasting benefits for the environment and Australian Heritage sites.

Join the Green Army Here’s a link to the Green Army poster

Simply join the Manpower Green Army Participant Community by registering your details,  projects are now open for applications in our area. Follow the link to the Green Army poster located above.

What’s in it for you?
  • Being part of a Green Army team will provide you with valuable skills, training and experience that will support you in future career prospects
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake accredited training such as work readiness, conservation and land management, heritage conservation, project and human resource management and heritage trade skills
  • You will be trained in First Aid and Work Health and Safety before starting a project
  • You will be supported to obtain Certificate I or II qualifications or nationally endorsed skills set to help you prepare for the workforce or improve your career opportunities
  • You will receive an allowance during your placement in the Green Army
  • You will be contributing to a nationwide effort to clean up Australia’s environment and help your local community
  • You will be a part of Australia’s largest-ever team of young Australians supporting environmental action in our history

Manpower will ensure you are provided with transport to and from a nominated pick up point and get you to and from training activities.

You will be provided with appropriate clothing and safety gear during your time on the project including, boots, trousers, hat, gloves, shirts and where necessary wet weather gear and jumpers or jackets for cold climates.

As a Green Army participant you will be involved in a project for up to 30 hours a week for a period of 20-26 weeks and undertake a range of activities

Posted 11 May 2016 in Education, Fauna, Flora, News, Weeds