Natural Resources SAMDB, GWLAP and Nature Foundation SA would like to thank all those who provided feedback and so much support for the environmental watering project.
All going well, we aim to start the watering this coming Monday 19th February. The pump will run only between 9am and 5pm on weekdays and we expect it will take the week to deliver enough water to inundate the area adjacent Pobby Bonk Point. For those that are also interested in frog monitoring (do you have the FrogSpotter app yet?) we are expecting a great response so listen out for them!
Any issues, questions or concerns please call Kate on 0407793634.
The Milang Snipe Sanctuary (the Sanctuary) is stormwater-fed fringing wetland of Lake Alexandrina that is special. It’s special because the rare Latham’s Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii) return each year during spring and summer after a long flight from arctic areas in the Northern hemisphere. While they are here, the snipe need to feed and rapidly increase their body fat to be able to make the return journey to their breeding grounds. Birds that leave here in good condition are more likely to be successful breeders and return once again to Australia. As the Sanctuary relies on stormwater to maintain water levels, dry summers result in no foraging habitat for snipe. Snipe numbers have been excellent since their arrival in August 2017, up to 14 individuals in one sitting, however they will need to move to find suitable foraging areas as the wetland has dried.
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Together with Nature Foundation SA (NFSA) and Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning (GWLAP), Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin have an exciting opportunity to deliver a small volume of water via pumping to the south basin of the Sanctuary to provide suitable foraging habitat for migratory waders, particularly snipe. This water will inundate low lying shrublands and sedgelands in the south basin of the Sanctuary to an average water level depth of ten centimetres across approximately 40% of the wetland in the very southern area near Pobbybonk Point (see map). The proposal is to trial a small four-inch pump to deliver approximately 4 mega litres over 3 days with 2-3 smaller top-up volumes a few weeks apart. The small pump is portable and would be run only between 9am and 5pm and not on weekends or public holidays. If successful, the trial will provide rich foraging areas for snipe and other birds that prefer the shelter of samphire and low sedges such another threatened species, the Australasian bittern.
Do you have any questions, concerns or would like more information? Drop-in and see Wetlands Management Officer Kate Mason at the MOSHCC (24-25 Daranda Tce, Milang) at the times listed below or phone or email Kate at 0407793634, firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 2nd February (World Wetlands Day!) – 9am- 4p
Monday 5th February – 9am – 4pm
Friday 9th February – 9am – 4pm
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It has been a somewhat chaotic
couple of months for those of us who
used to work for the Lakes Hub. Many
of us are still around, helping out with
various not-quite-finished projects.
Andrew, in conjunction with the
EcoCreative team and the Coorong
District Council, installed the Fishing
information display at Meningie. Feel
free to pop in during council opening
hours, to check it out.
I have been taking hundreds of wildflower photos, as well as helping organise the community seal count.
With a wetter than usual winter right across the basin, including some huge
downpours, quite a few of us have been celebrating the increased flows out
of the Murray Mouth. To put this into context—The River Murray system
experienced highest July inflow for 20 years. In During the week ending 23
August 2016, total barrage releases were approximately 527 GL.
Articles within this newsletter include:
- Top spots for whale watching,
- New plant species population found in the SE,
- 2016 NAIDOC Award winner,
- Wingate Property Management Planning
- Butter Factory working bees
- Water allocation and advances in government water management policy
- New research paper on community monitoring of Acid Sulfate Soils.
- Release of the CLLMM Water Quality monitoring summary report
- Changes to the Native Vegetation Act Regulations
- DEWNR Long-nosed Fur Seal monitoring data
- The Coorong and Lakes Ramsar Wetland Portal
- The origin of the place name ‘Finniss’
- FrogWatch workshops
- Lake water levels.
If there is anything specific that you would like to see in next months Bulletin, please send an email to Glen at email@example.com.