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Seed dispersal and then it rained!

DSC06386 DSC06385 DSC06368 DSC06366 DSC06363 DSC06361 DSC06359 DSC06358Hamayan: We have been learning about seed dispersal, another way to revegetate. We take a mixture of native seed indigenous to Lake Ranfurly.

Jai: We mix it with soil. Then we find an area that is a bare patch, rake it and then scatter the seed mixture.

Ty: We gently cover the seed with soil and find some natural litter to put on top such as twigs or leaves. Then we hope it rains to geminate the seed!

 

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Johnson’s Bend looks so much better

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On Thursday 27th July the Sustainability Ambassadors planted 80 trees/plants for National Community Tree Planting Day at Johnson’s Bend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The native species included:

  • Black Box – Eucalyptus largiflorens
  • River Red Gum – Eucalyptus camaldulensis
  • River Coobah – Acacia stenophylla 
  • Pig Face – Crassifolium
  • Creeping Boobialla – Myoporum parvifolium .

 

 

 

The area re-vegetated has had a lot of off road driving and now with the tees and bollards in place this will be a very nice place visit. Thanks too, to our MRCC Team Nardia, Jo and Tina for all the preparation behind the scenes to make the planting a success.

 

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Lake Ranfurly

Next week 6CR will be going to Lake Ranfurly to re-vegetate using seed dispersal.

Background

Lake Ranfurly used to be a freshwater lake, surrounded by trees and is now a degraded saline drainage basin as a result of human activities including illegal dumping of waste, discharge of pollution, saline water from the Salt Interception Scheme, urban and irrigation run-off and historic use as a sewerage disposal.

Threatened Species

Lake Ranfurly is still important for birds including migratory waders as well as resident terrestrial species, although the quality of habitat.

A total of 101 bird species have been recorded including threatened species such as Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) and Black Falcon (Falco subniger).

Under Victorias Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 the threatened Eastern Hooded Scaly-foot (Pygopus schraden), Kneed Swainson-pea (Swainsona reticulta), Eastern Great –egret (Ardea modesta) and White –bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) are protected with Action Statements.

Threats

  • Pest Plants
  • Pest Animals
  • Off track driving and too many tracks
  • Illegal dumping of rubbish
  • Encroachment from surrounding landowners
  • Quality of water
  • Utility construction and maintenance
  • Lack of co-ordinated Land Ownership and Strategic Planning
  • Inadequate management of threatened flora/fauna populations

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Why plant trees?

DSC06313Planting trees creates a healthier environment and provides oxygen.

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Hands Up Data and the Walking School Bus

The Hands Up Data was collected on Thursday 27th

61 Bike/scooter/skateboard/rip stick

86 Walking and Walking Bus

11 Bus

183 Private car

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Off to Johnson’s Bend to re-vegetate!

5OH Team Re-vegetation Team

James: Recent flooding to this area at Johnson’s Bend had wiped out all the vegetation that our school had previously planted. We planted 130 trees here.

Miriam: Off road driving was happening – this is where people just drive anywhere and crush any native plant life that is growing.

Summer: Installing the bollards close together has stopped at least one entry point for cars. The soil was compacted in certain areas and hard to plant caused by off track vehicles

Heidi: We have made this area more attractive for people to visit. MRCC Tina Grasser looks after the trees and makes sure they are watered to improve their survival rate.DSC06222 DSC06223 DSC06225 DSC06229 DSC06230 DSC06236 DSC06242 DSC06244 DSC06256

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Invitation accepted to re-vegetate the Mildura Ski Club!

DSC06147 DSC06153 DSC06158 DSC06160 DSC06170 DSC06186We were privileged to be asked to the Mildura Ski Club and be involved in another area of Mildura to make it environmentally friendly for visitors to Mildura and the members of the Mildura Ski Club.

Ski Club: 5OH students

Summer: We were invited to re-vegetate a section of the Mildura Ski Club. Our class all participated to improve this area

Miriam: The Ski Club donated part of the carpark back to nature to prevent erosion and stop people parking just anywhere.

James: Our class worked hard planting 130 trees to make this area look great.

Heidi: The more care we took planning the trees the better chance they have of survival.

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Visit to Landfill and Around Again

We visited Around Again and found out that Mildura does so much recycling compared to other places. There are so many different things that can be recycled at the Landfill: mattresses, batteries for cars, all small batteries for, polystyrene foam, plastic bags and so much more. Our class learnt heaps!

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Learning how to increase the life of the Landfill!

DSC05694Year 4/5K were given some great tips on how they can increase the life of the landfill by doing heaps of recycling. They were also given some advice about tying the tops of the plastic bags we put in our rubbish bins for kerbside collection. Thank you for being such a respectful team, a pleasure to take you all out as ambassadors for Mildura West!

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Special Forever

Every year we have some great entries for Special Forever displayed at the Arts Centre. Check out these fantastic 3D Aussie animals!

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Water Week Poster

???????????????????????????????I liked doing my Water Week poster because I incorporated outside leaves,grass and bark to make an amazing 3D picture. My message was to wash cars on grass to water it and not to waste water on your concrete.

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Energy is important

If you see that the classroom has enough light, turn the lights off.

If students leave the classroom and there’s no one in it  turn it off. (check if classrooms have sensors)

Close the doors if the heaters are on. Inform the students to wear jumpers to make everything much easier to save power!

 

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Planting seeds at Lake Ranfurly

We planted many different types of native seeds at Lake Ranfurly to cover up the bare ground. This is another way to regvegetate. You have to cover the seeds with soil so they don’t blow away or the birds eat them.dsc04797 We also planted native trees.

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Plant a tree at Lake Ranfurly

We went on the bus as a class and we were dropped off at Lake Ranfurly.

We planted dsc04795lots of native trees in parts where there was bare ground.

 

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Planting trees

Recently we went to Lake Ranfurly to plant trees. We had a team of 3. We all had different jobs. Our class planted 75 dsc04826trees altogether.

We hope people look after them!