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Imagine if trees in the Sydney basin were humans and we could age group them into babies, infants, children, teenagers, young adults and so on. What would be the age demographic near you? Here at Brewongle we have some teenagers, young adults and a smattering of adults, but very few grandparents. These thoughts entered my head today via an arborist who gave me pause to consider the different time scale that trees… Read More

Science and Technology are inherently linked. In the case of citizen science, technology has quite literally opened up a world of information. In particular, technology has bridged the divide between little Jimmy Smith in Year 5 and Professor Ignatius D. Pardalote, a global expert conducting research on the intricate feeding patterns of the Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) in Dry Schlerophyll Woodland Communities in Eastern Australia. This link is beneficial for both parties:… Read More

So you take a feathery local species, like a Tawny Frogmouth, you mix in a crime scene, some suspects, plenty of hands on investigating and SHAZAM, you have yourselves an outdoor, eco-mystery challenge that never fails to grip primary age students. Our Eco Mystery day – ‘The Tawny Tragedy‘ is one of our most engaging programs. Students eyes widen when they arrive at Brewongle to discover a crime scene complete with police… Read More

Incredibly hot here today. This is one obvious consequence of climate change – more hot days. We can expect many more days like this. I am hiding inside today and the sandstone walls of Brewongle are keeping me cool. How are some of our local birds handling the heat? Well most of them have swapped flying for swimming. Here are a few snaps of some of our regulars trying to cope with… Read More

When you spend a lot of time in a patch of bushland, you become familiar with all the plants, birds and other wildlife. It has been a joy to watch our little section of Shale Sandstone Transition Forest (a critically endangered plant community) change from a thicket of weeds including lantana, bush tobacco, wandering jew and swiss ivy into a more ‘native’ state. Pardalotes are still nesting, native plants are popping up… Read More

A new visitor to Brewongle that I am dubbing ‘Traffic Light’ has us a little stumped as to its name. We think it is a scarlet honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta) but would love confirmation from any other bird nerds out there. It was about 8-10cm long.

From the latest Birds in Backyards newsletter – time to get bird watching!: Aussie Backyard Bird Count Join Birds in Backyards and BirdLife Australia to celebrate National Bird Week 2014 by taking part in the biggest citizen science project to hit Aussie shores. The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is almost upon us! From October 20 to 26, go out into any patch you count as your ‘backyard’ and tell us what birds… Read More

Sad news today as we discovered that our regular nesting grey shrike thrush has most likely been eaten by something. We discovered a scene of feathers and a broken nest on our back verandah today. A mating pair of thrushes have been nesting in the same little nest on our verandah for at least 10 years and visiting students have been observing this years clutch of eggs for the last few weeks.The… Read More

Once again we are indebted to the lovely students and staff from Mt Druitt Tutorial School for their bush regeneration efforts last Friday. Perfect cool weather allowed us to continue lantana removal in our patch of critically endangered Shale Sandstone Transition Forest. Angus, Kyla and Emma from Blue Tongue Ecosystems came along to lend a hand and provide tools and expertise. We came across some amazing incidental wildlife sightings including an old… Read More

Our eastern yellow robins are busy nest building today. I have snapped a couple of photos on my phone for you to enjoy. The eastern yellow robins are a Climatewatch species so if you see them around – record the sighting on the website or on the handy app! Our resident grey shrike thrushes are also nesting again – same time every year! A gorgeous little clutch of spotty eggs on our… Read More