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Land for Wildlife Open Garden

Garden

Here are some photos from the recent Land for Wildlife property which hosted an open garden in Virginia, named SymbioNT. Nathan and Jody have sculpted a beautiful lush Wildlife friendly garden near their house amongst the naturally occurring native plants. They have kept the remnant bush on the rest of their property.

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The garden features nest boxes, hollows, insect hotels, bird boxes, frog habitat and undergrowth for lizards and plantings of mainly natives with some exotic species.

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Land for Wildlife was there with information about threatened species and gave tours of the native bush and the nest boxes (sadly nothing was inside!)

EmlooksThere are more open gardens, including another LFW property coming up.. http://opengardensnt.org.au/ 

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Black-footed Tree-rat information boards!

On Saturday we displayed our new sign board at the Threatened Species Day at the Waterfront. This is a collaboration between the Territory Wildlife Park and Land for Wildlife Top End. The sign colorfully displays information about the beautiful Black-footed Tree-rat, how to help protect this threatened species and how to ID it and the differences between it and a black (feral) rat.

This outdoor sign will be displayed at the Territory Wildlife Park to give information to visitors and we are hoping to print more to be displayed in Land for Wildlife schools that engage in educational programs about local threatened species.

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We are working on citizen science projects with landholders to collect data about presence of arboreal mammals and their nest box use, this is part of a process to promote the Black-footed Tree-rat awareness (and other native mammals)  further into the community.

Camera Trapping on LFW

The Land for Wildlife Top End was successful in receiving a grant from the NT Government’s Department of Environment and Natural resources to carry out a project to allow landholders in the program to monitor wildlife using nest boxes that have been installed for arboreal mammals. With this grant we have purchased 12 motion sensing cameras, and a further 6 with our own funds. These are the Reconyx Hyperfire 2 newly released model!

We have been working with RIEL scientist Leigh-Ann Woolley to choose the best cameras and set up, to record nest box use and arboreal mammals and develop a citizen science style project. The project aims to engage landholders and allow them to know more about arboreal mammals on their property but also add to data and understanding of nest box use and mammal presence in the Top End.

We will lend the cameras in rounds, 3 months at a time to landholders that have installed nest boxes. Once we have captured photographs from the cameras we will have an intern opportunity for a university student to collate and interpret data.

After the first year we will have the cameras as an asset to our program which can be lent to landholders to monitor targeted wildlife species in different ways.

We invited our first group of landholders to a workshop at Riyala in Noonamah to learn about how to install and use the cameras.

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We were joined by both Leigh-Ann Woolley and Jenni Risler, who have been studying the Black-footed Tree-rat. Leigh-Ann specifically has been studying nest box use on Coburg Peninsular and helped come up with bracket designs to hold cameras by nest box entrances. Jenni is has been researching the best camera trapping methods- so the perfect combination of assistance for us and our members!

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Treenie at Land for Wildlife had made brackets for the cameras, with some landholders keen to try out some other versions.

We had a test camera up on one of the boxes at Riyala, to show everyone the installation set up. After just 3 days there was plenty of possum action caught on camera!20180811_RCTW_Presentation_EL_Leanne_Jennifer_10_20_19_Pro

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We collectively decided to bait the nest boxes- with glass jars of peanut butter attached to the outside. This would answer two questions-

  • Are there arboreal mammals present
  • Are the arboreal mammals using the nest boxes (with the constant variable that there is bait nearby to attract them)

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Landholders will install cameras for 3 months at a time and with assistance check that they are working. Some landholders attended and received new nest boxes and will set up cameras later in the program.

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Ian Morris, who is one of the land managers at Riyala spent the afternoon showing interested landholders around the property an dhow he had restored areas to rainforest from flogged out pasture land.

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Thanks also to Riyala for hosting and for making our morning tea look so lovely

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Threatened Species Day

It’s Threatened Species Day! Here is a wonderful (stylized) painting of the Black-footed Tree-rat which has been gifted to the Land for Wildlife program from local artist Sandra Kendall. These native rats are often mistaken as non natives or it is not known they are threatened. We are lucky that there are quite a few in the Darwin region. If you see these beautiful natives out and about, upload your sighting to Wildwatch! http://root.ala.org.au/bdrs-core/nt-dlrm/home.htm Note the white tip tail! 

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Our newest Land for Wildlife members (today) are long time Territorians: Leonnie and Alan Norrington. They have managed their 20 acre property for nearly 40 years, the majority is wildlife habitat and connects to 8 other LFW members in the area. They also joined up to our Black-footed Tree Rat project and will install 5 nest boxes and then motion sensing cameras to see who is using them. They are also the second new member to recieve a sign with the Black-footed Tree-rat, a threatened species declining from our Top End Landscapes.THANKS to all our members for voluntarily conserving wildlife habitat in the Top End region and helping protect threatened species such as the Black-footed Tree-rat.

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New Land for Wildlife Signs

Exciting new signs now feature the Black-footed Tree-rat.

We now have the BFTR featured on our new signs. We hope to promote these beautiful native animals and that they are endangered by incorporating them into our signage and programs for landholders.

The scientists at RIEL helped us draw the BFTR, although this is hard to depict exactly on a sign in a simple outline (and yes they are a bit darker) – but look at that tail: how could you not know this cutie!

Pictured are our first new members to receive the sign- Emma and her daughter in Mcminns Lagoon who joined up this week.

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Cameras for nest boxes

Today 2 exciting things happened- our Reconyx motion sensing cameras arrived. These are to be lent to landholders to really check out if arboreal mammals are using the nest boxes we have out on properties. A workshop will run in August to assist landholders to set them up and collect photos that will hopefully build a better understanding of nest box use. They will be lent to landholders for 8 weeks at a time. cameraarrival

Also today we picked up 25 more nest boxes to add to the 150 out there on Land for Wildlife properties. These were made by Palmerston Men’s shed.

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If you have not contacted us and want to be involved email landforwildlifetopend@greeningaustralia.org.au

Trees for Wildlife at CDU campus

We are excited to announce that Land for Wildlife Top End is working with Charles Darwin University to assist with re-vegetation projects around the university Casuarina campus that replenish areas as native wildlife habitat.

Charles Darwin University are in the process of joining Land for Wildlife as an educational member. This is wonderful news that will create a whole range of opportunities for community engagement, educational collaboration and learning as well as of course habitat protection.

The Charles Darwin University campus at Casuarina is in a unique position, nestled into the Casausrina coastal reserve, which covers an area of 13.6 square kms of land. The Casaurina campus is across 2 tenures of land (totaling 58 hectares), the most northerly borders on Mangroves communities of the reserve. The campus includes many university buildings and landscaped gardens but also includes 8 hectares of remnant vegetation. The endangered Black-footed Tree-rats have been recorded in an area of this woodland and research scientists have installed nest boxes to enhance the habitat.

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In the wet season, the Green Army assisted with planting 800 trees in areas adjacent to the CDU campus that had been cleared of Coffee Bush by the CDU amenities team. Our Green Army team also watered the plants each week once the rain had stopped, until their graduation in May. Now the amenities staff are keeping the areas watered and weed free.

Included in these trees was also a planting that was carried out by Conservation Land Management students, as part of their “Restore Natural Habitats unit”. The Land for Wildlife coordinator joined students to give a background to the restoration and enhancement program for the Black-footed Tree-rats in Land for Wildlife. Students will continue to care for the plantings they carried out.

More plantings will continue this wet season in previously disturbed areas and a weed management and sustainability on campus plan is being developed by university staff, with consultation with Land for Wildlife.