ECO-TIPS FOR THE HOME RENOVATOR

Find ways to improve the energy efficiency of an older home with often simple and practical ideas by attending a talk by Andrew Marsh, author of  ”Sustainability and the Old Australian Home.”  He is scheduled to appear on Tuesday 10th September 2019 at 7.30 – 9 pm. at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 1 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit.  The cost is $5.00.  The book will also be on sale on the night for $15.00.  To book, please email Val Hunt on valhunt@ahnrc.org

ECHIDNA CSI: PLEASE HELP TO SAVE THEM

Echidnas are an iconic species in Australia. Together with the platypus they comprise the unique group of egg-laying mammals (monotremes). As the oldest surviving mammalian lineage, studying monotremes has provided ground breaking insights into the evolution of all mammals. However, there are increasing concerns about conservation of this unique species in the changing environment across Australia and we lack understanding of key aspects of wild populations including their distribution, biology and diversity.

Long term studies on Kangaroo Island (SA) have already established a sharp decline in numbers, which resulted in their recent EPBC listing as endangered. In order to protect and conserve echidnas in the future it is imperative we fill these major knowledge gaps. And you can help!

To find out more about amazing echidnas and the results of the Echidna CSI/Echidna Watch project, come along to the talk presented by Professor Frank Grutzner from the School of Biological Studies at Adelaide University. Frank headed the research team that included ecological and molecular researchers, students and the Australian community. There is still time for you to get involved in this project as we near Echidna breeding season – a great time to go echidna spotting.

The talk about Echidna CSI by Professor Frank Grutzner will be held at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit on Tuesday 20th of August. It starts at 7.30 and the cost is $5 which includes a light supper. To reserve your seat, please email valhunt@ahnrc.org

NEW CHILDREN’S ART COMPETITION!

 

 

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Get the paints and crayons out! We want to encourage children to explore their artistic creativity while learning about the many South Australian plants and animals which are facing extinction. Primary school age children have the opportunity to research a vanishing local native species and to express their feelings by creating an original painting, drawing or mixed media art work.

1st and 2nd prizes for passes to Warrawong will be awarded in each age group of 5-7 years old, 8-10 years old and 11-12 years old. Prizes will also be awarded for Most Unusual entry, Most Original and Best Written Explanation.

The competition is open for entries from July 9th till August 20th. The winners will be announced on Threatened Species Day, Saturday September 7th and selected art works will be on display at The Summit Community Centre.

You can download details here: entry formregistration form and  conditions of entry or please email valhunt@ahnrc.org  for copies to be emailed to you, or collect a hard copy from The Summit Community Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit.

The competition is sponsored by the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, The Summit Community Centre and the Adelaide Hills Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOIN THE BEYOND PLASTIC FREE JULY CHALLENGE!

The time has come to bring the war on waste to the Adelaide Hills! Did you know that every piece of plastic ever made is still around? YES – which is why East Waste are hosting a free information  session at The Summit, 4 Crescent, Drive on Tuesday 6 August 2019,  7 pm – 9 pm to explore ways to avoid, reduce, reuse, recycle and compost items. This event is presented by East Waste, Adelaide Hills Council and Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre.  For more information, contact Megan at East Waste: megan@eastwaste.com or book through  Eventbrite

 

QUIET GREEN ACHIEVERS UNEARTHED

Ten Quiet Green Achievers were presented with certificates and vouchers on Saturday June 1st at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre (AHNRC).

“All of the recipients were nominated for their long term commitment to the environment, on either their own properties or public lands” said Val Hunt, Coordinator of the AHNRC. “They also came from right across the hills area, showing how effective it is to promote events in the hills papers”.

The Quiet Green Achievers 2019 regularly volunteer countless hours in their community for the benefit of everyone who visits public spaces or enjoys the natural landscape and wildlife of the Adelaide Hills.

BACK ROW L-R: Andrew Davidson (Chair AHNRC), Sean Wessex-Brown, Peter Sharley (partly hidden), David Jarvis, Hugh Stewart.
FRONT ROW: Ann Taylor, Tony Vincent, Toni Pillar (for Carolyn Biggs), Della Rowley, Wendy Stewart

The winners of the 7th  year of awards are:

Ann Taylor, a member of Friends of Black Hill Morialta since 1986, minute Secretary and volunteer in Morialta National Park.

David & Sue Jarvis, members of Trees For Life, Friends of Kenneth Stirling and 6th Creek Catchment Group.

Carolyn Biggs, a long standing member of Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare Group, involved with research and photos for their publications.

Della Rowley, for land conservation to protect Southern Brown Bandicoots on her property and managing a sustainable Bed and Breakfast “Bimbimble Hideaway”.

Peter Sharley, has improved farming land and restored native vegetation on his property by controlling woody weeds and planting over 20,000 plants.

Tony Vincent, Chair of Friends of Charleston Conservation Park, member of Mid-Torrens Catchment Group and Kersbrook Landcare Group, Treasurer of Seeding Natives and other groups, while managing a 50 ha bush block.

Wendy & Hugh Stewart. Members of 6th Creek Catchment Group and Friends of Merchants Rd, restored native vegetation on their own property with weed control over many years and are active volunteers in the community.

Seán Wessex-Brown, for establishing a native grass lawn and a backyard for wildlife at his home, while encouraging and mentoring others to do the same and for many years of sharing his skills with the community through volunteering.

APPRECIATING PERAMANGK ROCK ART

Dotted around the Mt Lofty Ranges, there are many special rock art sites, mostly on private lands.

The history and stories of the Peramangk people are spiritually connected to these sites and are a valuable record of their culture and movement through the hills. The art work in many rock shelters in the eastern ranges depict dreamtime stories, ceremonies and hunting scenes.

Robin Coles will talk about the Rock Art of The Mt Lofty Ranges and Newly Recorded Art Sites at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit from 7-9pm on Tuesday June 18th.

Robin is the author of “The Ochre Warriors, Peramangk Culture and Rock Art in the Mt Lofty Ranges” and regularly takes guided tours of some of the art sites. Copies of the book will be on sale on the night.

If you wish to attend this fascinating and culturally important talk, email valhunt@ahnrc.org to reserve your seat. The cost is $5 per person, payable on the night and includes a light supper.