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Seed collecting days for native vegetation plantings

With the warmth of the summer months some species that we are looking to collect are fast becoming ready.  Teams have started collecting and further days are planned in February. Usually there will be 1-2 hours collecting without travel time. Bring everything you need, snacks, water, sun/leech protection. Contact Renae by email if you would like to join in.

Species targeted in January: Necklace Sheoak (Allocasuarina monilifera) and Banksia marginata.

Victorian Wader Study Group are on King Island twice a year.

They are conducting a longitudinal study on Ruddy Turnstones spanning 10 years to date which assesses changing migratory behaviour over time. LOCALS ARE WELCOME TO HELP. Read about the study here.

Moonbird Festival | King Island is on again April 18-21, 2024.

Tickets will be available in early 2024. Many of the artists you loved last year will be back, along with some very special guests from mainland Tasmania. Please spread the word!

A wonderful celebration at the inaugural event in April 2023 with music, art, food & wine, this event brought together some of Australia’s finest musicians for a series of spellbinding concerts. Founded and directed by the Bowerbird Collective, and generously supported by volunteers, artists and businesses.

Wings on King

Winner of the Natural Environment Sustainability Award at the Australian Sustainable Communities, Tidy Towns Awards, the ‘Wings on King project’ was recognised for outstanding community’s achievements in adaptation to environmental change.

This is a wonderful example of citizen science helping gather data from established survey sites, supported by a strong team of ornithologists and ecologists. The project coordinates island wide standardised surveys of King Island bird populations at over 50 sites every April and October.

Follow Birds Of King Island on facebook for up-to-date information.

Autumn 2023 Monitoring was conducted in changeable weather. 27 people formed 7 energetic teams to cover the island over the two days. Lizzie, Kate and Ash in 2022 at the Patersons site.

On-ground work

Planned work by the Landcare Works Crew will continue. This includes planting native tree seedlings and weed management at various sites around the island.

Inkweed

This is a recent incursion on King Island that we are currently aiming to eradicate. Is it in your back yard? See more information, including a map showing the area we know it to be.

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Boneseed Flower

Boneseed flowering season

A Weed of National Significance that is known to be in backyards and properties invading across Currie.Is boneseed in your back yard? If so pull it out ASAP preferably before it flowers, or if already flowering ensure no seeds drop.

It can be pulled out or first loosened with a fork then pulled out. Extensive infestations can be sprayed.

If a boneseed is a full grown shrub it may need cutting down.

It is a good idea after removal to revegetate the area to suppress seedling growth.

Currie Wharf Field Days

Currie Wharf field days will now be organised by volunteers and will be held occasionally. These are popular events with volunteers planting native tree seedlings and managing weeds, and will continue as possible. The KILG on-ground work crew will contribute to this project whenever funding allows. Everyone is welcome to help with planting, weeding and other maintenance of the wharf area. Please contact us on 64621825 if you would like to contribute.

We thank all the past sponsors of this highly successful project.

Monthly Meetings

NO MEETING MARCH 2024, as it is such a busy month for King Island volunteers:) Meetings are usually held the second Tuesday of each month, 5.30 pm. All welcome.

Usually held at KIRDO 5 George St, Currie meetings can also be joined by video-conferencing.

For information on how to join the video-conference please call Jess on 03 64621825 or email.

Counting Our Birds

Counting Our Birds, a Wings on King project running since 2015, we are still interested to hear of your sightings. The King Island Green Rosella and the King Island Black Currawong may be becoming extinct. They are both subspecies of Tasmanian native species that live only on King Island. They exist nowhere else in the world.

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Counting birds on Your Place – Garden, Orchard or Farmland, but these focus areas aren’t the only areas that are important. The more people we have counting across the island the better. So it would be great if YOU can help us by checking in your own gardens, orchards or properties. The best time to check is in the morning, but anytime will do. Then send the King Island Landcare the results.

WHAT we NEED to KNOW:

  • How many Currawongs and/or Green Rosellas are there at one time
  • When you saw them – Day and time
  • Where you saw them: GPS co-ordinates (Most smart phones have a GPS built into them) or the address with the nearest cross road.

SEND Your Records by:

PHONE: 03 6462 1825 or EMAIL: kingisland@landcaretas.org.au or drop them into KIRDO, 5 George Street

Last Updated on 22 February 2024