Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nesting Box Fundraiser at World Environment Day Toowoomba 01 June 2014

Tomorrow is the United Nations, World Environment Day 2014. This year's them is "Raise your voice not the sea level".  This year's annual event at Lake Annand Park, Mackenzie St, Toowoomba is being held tomorrow Sunday 1st June from 9.30am-4.pm.  Brendon and I are attending the event and have a small stall as volunteers with Retun to the Wild Inc. Org.  We will be selling custom made wildlife nesting boxes (that Brendon has spent months making) with all profits going to Return to the Wild for Koala Rehabilitation on the Darling Downs.  The nesting boxes are made from high quality materials and will be an ideal home for a possum, glider, bird and many other wildlife species.

Did you know that it is estimated that around 400 species of Australian Native Fauna use tree hollows?
It takes more than 100 years for eucalyptus trees to develop tree hollows suitable for occupancy by vertebrates!  
Natural Tree hollows are declining because of urbanization and tree clearing.  You can supply a hollow home for wildlife by installing a nesting box.  (Information from Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland)

The event has some great attendees this year with guest speakers including  Nina Woods from the Condamine Alliance, Sea Shepherd's Bob Watson will outline their campaigns and Rod May will talk about the proposed  detention dams in Garnet Lehmann Park and Ballin Drive Park. Nina will give an opportunity to discuss further at the Q&A session, as will Dianne Lukes from the Toowoomba Esperanto Society.

Stalls on the day include:
There will be live entertainment, performances and music throughout the day along with various food stalls.

Weather wise - The Bureau of Meteorology website www.bom.gov.au states,"Partly cloudy. Winds easterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming northeasterly and light early in the morning." Temperatures are Min. 13    Max 20.
So it looks all clear for a great day outdoors for Toowoomba's World Environment Day from 9:30 til 4:00 pm.

See you there
J & B

Some of the Jarowair Wildlife Nesting Boxes for sale at World Environment Day - Lake Annand Toowoomba Sunday 1st June 2014.  All money raised goes to Return to the Wild Inc.Org for Koala Rehabilitation on the Darling Downs

Brendon at work building the Jarowair Wildlife Nesting Boxes for sale at the 2014 World Environment Day Toowoomba at Lake Annand Sunday 1st June.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Return of the Pacific Baza's

We were on our way out for the afternoon when Brendon spotted at least three Pacific Baza's (Aviceda subcristata) (aka Crested Hawk's) in a group of ironbark trees at our patch.  We have not witnessed them here for almost four years (see previous posts here), although we have seen them within a few kilometers of home.  These are some of the many photos I took before we had to rush off.  I couldn't decide which one I like the best, so have added a few. They are such a beautiful bird and so very quiet.  I noticed this time that often launch themselves into thick foliage with their wings out and land awkwardly on a branch.  I have looked this up and apparently they sometimes they crash into the foliage, presumably to disturb their prey. Hope they stay around and we see them more often.

B & J.

(Information source:  www.wiresnr.org)

Pacific Baza's at Jarowair 25/05/14







This is photo of the awkward landing in which they launch themselves into the tree foliage. 


Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday 16/07/14