Spring Into Nature blooms

Spring has sprung and so has our annual community field day program, Spring Into Nature. There have been nature walks, Indigenous heritage talks and plenty more happening around the state.

Goroke P-12 College students planting trees with Trust for Nature's Adam Blake

Students spring into action for cockatoos

It was a cracker of a day for young cockatoo champions at the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve at Minimay in Victoria's Wimmera on 12 September.

Children from two local schools planted 160 Stringybark trees, a preferred food source for the threatened South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo.

The tree planting was part of a busy Spring Into Nature field day co-hosted by Trust for Nature, Bank Australia and Greening Australia.

The students also took part in dancing and boomerang painting led by members of the Barnegi Gadjin Land Council.

"It was great to see the kids in action, not only having fun but also rolling up their sleeves to protect the environment," said Trust for Nature's South West Area Manager, Adam Blake.

"As they grow up, they can be proud to know they have made a contribution to the survival of that magnificent cockatoo."

Dja Dja Wurrung traditional owner Trent Nelson explains the significance of a scar tree

Walking on country at Pine Grove

Seventy people attended a jam-packed Spring Into Nature event at Peter Morison and Jen Alden's beautiful 100-hectare property at Pine Grove near Echuca on 22 September.

They were treated to nature walks, Indigenous cultural insights and land management tips as Peter and Jen explained what's been done to restore the health of the environment there.

Trent Nelson, who chairs the Dja Dja Warrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, was there to guide, explain and interpret the land for visitors.

He conducted a smoking ceremony before leading a walk to see scar trees and an earth oven mound, while describing trade routes that once criss-crossed the land.

The event was hosted by Trust for Nature, North Central Catchment Management Authority and the Northern Plains Conservation Management Network with support from the National Landcare Programme.

Peter and Jen have protected their property with a conservation covenant through Trust for Nature.

( See more pictures from both these events below & find out more about our other Spring Into Nature events )

Trust for Nature's Greg Ogle shows a tree-hollow camera to Pine Grove farmer Georgie Sims. The camera is used to monitor wildlife.

Boomerang painting was one of the activities that kept children focused at the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve.

Binoculars were trained on two Wedge-tailed Eagles soaring above the nature walkers at Pine Grove.

Bronwyn Perryman, from BirdLife Australia, speaking about the South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo.

Trent Nelson breathes life into the smoking ceremony at Pine Grove.

Wimmera nature walk for teachers and students at the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve.