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mpicklesMon, 18/06/2012 - 1:23pm

Doplhin Watch results for Port Stephens have been completed.

A few residents in the Cove joined in the watch for 30 minutes from 9;00 am on the 6 May 2012 . Points for observations were provided by National Parks.No Dolphins were sighted at the time.

A total of 58 dolphjins were sighted in the area surveyed.Maquarie University record a consistent count of approximately 100 dolphins in the Port Stephens area. the National Parks survey augments the work being done by Universities.

For more details see the attached letter and graph. One of the problems is the declining...

Fungi in the CovempicklesMon, 07/05/2012 - 2:15pm

Autumn is the time in the Cove people will notice many of the macro fungi start to fruit, that is produce mushrooms, puffballs, polypores and other visible fungi ( as oppposed to the invisible type). There are numerous fungi around the forests in the cove.

Did you know that the mushrooms and other fungi fruit you see are really only a small part of a very large system of fungi below the ground?

It only recently that botanists and others have been studying the complex structures and relationships of fungi and other plants and microorganisms in the...

Koala in October 1994 janinerSat, 14/04/2012 - 9:30pm
Koala at North Arm Cove

I was taking an afternoon walk along Eastslopes Way last January when a couple of young women asked whether I had seen any koalas. They were hoping for a koala sighting on their walk. It is hard to spot a koala in a treetop even when you know it is there, and the young women did not seem to realise that their chances of just randomly spotting a koala were slim.

When we first bought our block at North Arm Cove, we wanted to encourage the wildlife. We bought gum trees recommended by the Forestry Commission as suitable for...

mpicklesMon, 20/02/2012 - 9:24am

Migrating wader birds in the Cove

Small numbers of Bar Tailed Godwits who live in the arctic tundra of Siberia and Alaska in the Northern Hemisphere summer and in Australia during our summer have been in the cove for the past few months. In early summer there was a group of 4 and now there are 8! There are hundreds of godwits currently living in the Kooragang Island wetlands and Stockton sands after considerable effort by volunteers to preserve the habitats. The Godwits share the amazing East Asian- Australian Flyway migratory path with about 55 other wading birds. Tracking...

Sanctuary zones in pinkjaninerTue, 14/02/2012 - 5:41pm
Marine Park Map North Arm Cove Area

The Port Stephens -Great Lakes Marine Park was declared in December 2005. It covers an area of 98,000 hectares and includes all estuarine waters of Port Stephens and the Karuah River, the Myall River, Myall and Smiths Lakes and all the other creeks and tributaries to the limit of their tidal influence. It extends approximately 3 nautical miles offshore. The waters of North Arm Cove are within the Marine Park.

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