Rare sighting of Koala near Aragunnu

A rare sighting of a koala has been captured on film north of Wapengo.

Tathra’s Michael Clarke was driving his truck to work in Bermagui just after 6am, when he took a bend south of Aragunnu Rd and was shocked to see the koala running down the road towards him.

Mr Clarke pulled his work truck over, taking a video of his encounter as he attempted to shoo the animal off the road.

“It’s good this happened, because it reassures people they are there,” the 40-year-old said.

“Not many people have seen them in the wild around here.

In the video, the koala can be seen walking along the side of the road, with Mr Clarke just metres away, before scampering up an embankment before climbing a small way up a nearby tree.

“It was awesome, he wasn’t in a hurry, but looked at me and scampered up the bank,” Mr Clarke said.

“I felt a bit of disbelief, because I drive that road a lot and most of the time you are on kangaroo watch.

“Afterwards I felt, sort of, elation because they are so elusive.”

While he drives the route regularly, this is the first time he has spotted a koala in the wild.

Koala near Aragunnu photo Michael Clark

Photo Michael Clark

This Wednesday – Moths, Call playback and Spotlighting Night-time surveys

A rare opportunity to join experts to explore the creatures that come out at night.

Sooty Owl Photo David Gallan

Pigmy Possum Photo Andrew Morrison

Wednesday September 20th at 6:30 – 9:00pm. We will be running the last surveys to complete the “From Little Things” 2017 BioBlitz, with Glenn Cocking showing how to attract the moths that live just here and Elisabeth Larsen and Andrew Morrison leading the Callplayback and Spotlighting survey, to look for the mammals andother night creatures.

Moth survey Panboola Photo Harrison Warne

A seriously big moth at Panboola Photo Harrison Warne

Places are very limited, so if you are interested please email libby@atlasoflife to make sure of your place. It’s the dark of the moon and may be cold, so make sure you have sensible warm clothing(waterproofs if rain is forecast) a hat with a brim is useful and a torch, hand held or a head torch.

Great “Little Things” BioBlitz

Thanks to everyone who braved the cold front and enjoyed the BioBlitz. We had a great day with lots of good things found, including two sightings of Water Dragons in Merimbula Creek. That’s fantastic for the “From Little Things Parklands” project. We were asked to help them create a baseline biodiversity list for their site and nearby reference sites, and to find Water dragons in the middle of Merimbula is fantastic.

Water dragon Photo Georgia Poyner

Dr Stephen Skinner who was leading the water surveys in the creek says he has been impressed by the aquatic life found here as it indicates a very healthy waterway.

A huge thank you to all syrvey leaders and volunteers who helped make the day such a success, and to our partners, the “From Little Things” team who worked with us and made the day such fun.

Thanks to those who lent equipment, including Bournda EEC who let us use their screen and provided such an entertaining learning opportunity at the end of the day……..

Spot-tail Quoll or Wedge-tail eagle – who won?

We recently came across a magnificent image taken in the Guy Fawkes National Park up in northern NSW. Although this is outside our area, we do have both Spot-tailed quolls and Wedge tailed eagles living around here, so we thought you would like to see this as it is a remarkable image.

Quoll and Wedge-tail photo Dr Guy Ballard

This was taken with a motion sensitive camera and you can see the lure station in the photo. We are all speculating as to what happened before and after this image was taken – who would win this stand off?

We will let you know if we receive further information………..

Flying foxes at Glebe Lagoon

Bega Valley Shire Council is currently developing a Camp Management Plan for the seasonal colony of grey-headed flying foxes at Glebe Lagoon.

The Atlas of Life has been invited to ask its members if they would like to contribute to the community consultation. Please see below for the link to their survey.

Flying foxes at Glebe Lagoon Photo Michael McMaster

“We are sending you this because you are involved with a group that may have an interest in the colony. We need your help in making sure the Camp Management Plan considers the interests of all stakeholders.

It would be great if you could complete the online survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/flying-foxes). This will give us a much better understanding of what the whole community thinks about the flying-fox camp at Glebe Lagoon.

The Glebe Lagoon flying-fox camp To the best of our knowledge grey-headed flying-foxes have been using Glebe Lagoon to roost during the day for more than 50 years. The camp hosts around 20,000 flying-foxes from Spring to Autumn each year. The numbers fluctuate depending on the availability of food resources in the surrounding region. During their time at Glebe Lagoon the mothers also give birth and raise their young. The animals use the camp to rest during the day before heading off at dusk to forage on the nectar provided by our surrounding native forests then returning to the camp at dawn. The Glebe Lagoon flying-fox camp management plan The Glebe Lagoon flying-fox Camp Management Plan will identify the most appropriate responses to managing current and potential impacts from flying foxes that roost in Glebe Lagoon alongside ensuring the welfare of the flying-foxes. During the development of the plan we will be exploring issues such as health, safety and community well-being, potential risks to flying foxes, natural values of Glebe Lagoon, cost of management options, timeframes and legislative requirements”.

Bag your place for From Little Things BioBlitz

The “From Little Things ” 2017 Bioblitz at Merimbula Creek on Saturday September 16th is only a week away.

Make sure you bag your place on the surveys you want to join by booking tickets on Eventbrite 

There are a fine range of surveys and we want you all to come and take pictures of what you see as you explore the different habitats along Merimbula Creek.

We are hoping some of you will bring macro and zoom lenses to help capture images of birds and small details of plants and bugs and we suggest it will be fun if you have a kayak to come and explore and record the nature surrounding Back Lagoon.

Bird surveys start early at 8:00am, so that would be a great start to your day walking with the naturalists – everyone welcome and we have a great Basecamp full of good things to see and do, for littlies and biggies as well………….

NatureMapr on TV for Threatened Species Day

It was great to see that the Canberra Nature Map our sister organisation and NatureMapr were given top spot on ABC yesterday. Here is Maichael Mulvaney and crew talking about NatureMapr and how they use it.

Dr Michael Mulvaney, with a green comb spider orchid in Aranda Bushlands. Photo: Elesa Kurtz

Mandeni Meandering to Greencape Gales

Hope you are all out enjoying our flora & fauna & adding to our records at the same time ,busy birds at Mandeni and hundreds of heathland flowers at Greencape , quite difficult to photograph in the wind as were the  whales breaching in the distance .