Fun in the Sun Pollinator Link Bushcare Sunday 29th Aug

This is fun!

By: Laurie Deacon

When do we have fun?  We meet last Sunday of the Month from 3pm to 5 pm, with Tea and Cakes and pack up after. Sometimes we do outdoor games or Yoga on the green until sunset.

Location:  Mount Gravatt State High School Ovals

Number of Volunteers: there were 9 attendees and 8 Apologies on the day.  Six new locals came today for the first time. And we had a lass nine years old who had come with her Grandma when she was 8 months old and planted a tree!!

Total Number of hours gardening in Bird Bee Butterfly Corridor on Sunday Total 29.5 Hours. (Number of attendees x hours spent)

Bushcare activities done on Sunday Arvo 29th Aug 2021.

Site Supervisor on the job
  • Orientation of Volunteers to Bushcare and aims of creating a Pollinator Link Corridor for our Suburban health!
  • Weeding Guinea grass and Mother of Million plants and we got 20 Bushel bags full!
  • Mulching after weeding site to keep weeds down.
  • Teaching locals about weed identification and how to reduce them.
  • Teaching correct way to plant natives to survive. 
  • Teaching children about Pale-headed Rosella Platycercus adscitus birds who live in the School and what they look like and sound like so they can spot them.
  • Children enjoyed learning about Butterflies and hanging Woodened Butterfly’s art in the Corridor made by Men’s Shed Mount Gravatt.
  • Planted two trees brought by a local who had just gained her Citizenship and was given the plants as part of the Ceremony; She wanted to plant  the bottle brush trees  in “Bird Bee Butterfly” Corridor for all to enjoy for the Future!
  • Live Music: a Flute played by local to practise for her Concert.
  • Socialising, storytelling about “our hood”, welcoming and making friends with new neighbours.
Twenty bushel bags of weeds!

Number of plants put into the Corridor:  Two trees a Bottle brush and a Black Bean.  We were preparing the site ready for a larger Spring Planting on Sept 21.

Worthy Hearts and Minds moments of the Day:

  • We had a young lass join in, now nine years old, who had come previously with her Grandma and planted a tree 8 years ago, when she was 12 months old!  I still have her baby photo planting with her Gran and her Mum. “
  • We had a lovely local lady who planted her two trees given to her at her Citizenship Ceremony; She wanted to plant the bottle brush trees in “Bird Bee Butterfly” Corridor for people all to enjoy into the Future!

Wildlife seen or heard: 2 Pale-headed Rosellas; Plovers, Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala, kookaburras, magpies. No obvious butterflies or reptiles seen this time.

Science Reading FYI: Next time you see a butterfly, treasure the memory: scientists raise alarm on these 26 species (theconversation.com)

Learnings for Kids  FYI : Curious Kids: Do butterflies remember being caterpillars? (theconversation.com)

Thanks to the following good folks:

  • Norman Creek Catchment and Bulimba Creek catchment Groups for your scientific support (eg tools, plants, knowledge, insurance)
  • For the MG SHS School Groundsmen for their help in our Combined Beautification projects for their school,
  • For the MG SHS Principal and Community Liaison Officer who understand that local community can build health and wealth into schools for the benefit of all.
  • Neighbours and friends who make it all possible.

About Mt Gravatt Environment Group

Mt Gravatt Environment Group is restoring a unique piece of Australain native bushland only ten minutes from Brisbane CBD.
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