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janinerSun, 21/01/2018 - 9:24pm
Looking for insects in the grass at high tide

We have had a pair of nesting herons for most of January. In breeding season the adult birds have plumes on their back, breast, neck and nape.

The nest is high up in a gum tree and about 50m from the water. Unfortunately the pair abandoned the nest about a week ago. I am not sure whether the hail storm damaged the eggs or whether there was another reason to leave the nest. The birds were not particularly diligent in sitting on the nest, so perhaps the eggs just failed to develop.

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janinerMon, 20/11/2017 - 4:57pm

If you own a moored boat it might be a good idea to check it out for seagull nests. There is one boat near Water Street that has not one, but two nests. Once the eggs have hatched, I don't have the heart to get rid of the birds. But beware, they make a terrible mess.

Birds in the CovejaninerSat, 07/10/2017 - 4:00pm
Channel-billed cuckoo

Birds in the Cove

North Arm Cove sounds like an aviary at the moment. The gums are still in flower and all sorts of birds are feeding and nesting.

I heard the channel-billed cuckoo for the first time this spring on 17 September. The Eastern koel has also arrived.The minor birds are busy chasing these larger birds wherever they go, mainly as they are cuckoos who lay their eggs in the nests of other birds.

The local plover was fussing in the middle of the night on Friday, so I hope his sole surviving chick...

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peterfFri, 14/04/2017 - 10:25am

Australian philosopher Professor Peter Singer has a reputation for taking very radical positions, including on such issues as euthanasia, giving much, much more to the poor and whether or not life is actually worth living. And these are just a few examples of a very wide range of issues he has addressed over the years. If you are someone who is happy to be challenged by radical views you don't agree with then there is an easy way to get a taste of what Professor Singer believes.

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janinerSat, 12/11/2016 - 1:44pm

Sydney University is studying Lyme Disease in Australia. They need tick samples as well as people who have suspected Lyme Disease to take part in the study.

If you find a live tick, it needs to be frozen and sent by overnight mail to Sydney University. Go to file:///C:/Users/Mum/Documents/NAC%20web/UoSTickCollectionAdvice_2014.pdf for collection advice.

If you have been recently diagnosed with Lyme Disease or suspect you may have Lyme Disease, the University needs you. You would be required to provide blood samples over a 6 month period and to fill out a questionaire. Go to http://www.lymeaustralia.com/sydney-uni-study.html for...

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dougkSat, 06/08/2016 - 1:05pm

When I first began visiting North Arm Cove I heard stories of koalas within the village and that someone was keeping a record of local koala sightings. But then for years it seems we had no new sightings in the village. In my walks in the bush around the Cove I've looked in vain for signs of koalas. I was, with sorrow, quite prepared to accept that there were no more Cove koalas. That was until this past week.

NSW koalas were placed on the vulnerable species list in 2012. Urban development across the state has led to habitat...

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mpicklesTue, 21/06/2016 - 10:37am

Phascogales were caught on camera at a property near Tea Gardens

Mid Coast Council has cameras for loan that can be used by property owners to identify wildlife on thier property.

You may be surprised what you find!!

If you are interested in finding out more contact Karen Bee (02) 6591 7222

Sea Grasses on the way back
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mpicklesTue, 27/10/2015 - 4:36pm

Sea grass beds are slowly making a come back at North Arm Cove after the damage caused by flooding and silt in 2013.

A rare opportunity was had this week with an extra low tide to capture the small grasses. Sea Grass beds play an important role in providing a habitat and nursery for numerous vertebrates and invertebrate species, some of which have yet to be named. The grass beds are an essential part of the whole ecosystem of the bay, for fish, dolphins, turtles, crabs, shell fish and birds.

The best way to reduce our impact on...

Invitation
mpicklesThu, 22/10/2015 - 7:39am

Pollinator Week at the Cove.

North Arm Cove residents have been invited to participate in pollinator week by Megan Halcroft . Megan, one of only a few PhD qualified Australian specialists on native bees, has a wealth of experience and a deep love of bees, she captured the attention of over 85 people at a workshop hosted by North Arm Cove Community Gardeners in September last year with a lively presentation on the habits and roles of native bees in our environment.

“On behalf of Bees Business, Western Sydney University and the NSW Environmental Trust, I...

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