Articles by Joanna Axford (58 articles)

Breathing new life into the old shearing shed at Hamelin Station Reserve

It was wonderful to attend the recent Science Fair at Hamelin Station Reserve and to see the property’s old shearing shed once again come alive – with science and learning, and passion and participation. The old weatherboard and corrugated-iron shearing shed “hung-up its shears” in 2015, when Bush Heritage purchased the 202,644 hectare property on the eastern boundary of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. The old shed… Read more »

Hamelin Station Reserve - a hotspot for birders

Given its location adjacent to the Shark Bay World Heritage Area it’s not surprising that Hamelin Station Reserve in Outback Western Australia is fast building a reputation as a 'go-to hotspot' for bird-watchers. More than 170 species of birds have been recorded on the Reserve thus far, with regulars such as Rainbow Bee-eaters (Merops ornatus) and Chiming Wedgebills (Psophodes occidentalis)… Read more »

A long-term committment to weed management

Bush Heritage volunteers have been running an amazing weed removal effort at Charles Darwin Reserve in Western Australia for around 10 years. The Charles Darwin weeds working bee is run twice a year by volunteer leader and weed expert Janet Dufall. Janet her husband Barry travel several hours from Margaret River to Charles Darwin Reserve twice a year to assess the weeds, direct the work and then… Read more »

Volunteers help to combat cats at Boolcoomatta

Keith Gooley and Peter Caulder are Bush Heritage volunteers with expertise in electronics and a passion for conservation. Keith and Peter are using these skills to help us address one of the biggest threats to Australian wildlife on Boolcoomatta Reserve – feral cats.  Read more »

Secret camera captures a murder

Unfortunately, my camera trap didn’t record any Malleefowl, but it did capture a murder – which is the term for a group or flock of crows or ravens. At one time there were seven Australian ravens (Corvus coronoides) in front of the camera – milling, dancing, landing and taking-off – and collectively triggering-off hundreds of photos with their antics. Read more »

Bush Heritage volunteers catch up in Perth

Perth is home to a large cohort of Bush Heritage volunteers. Last week the group caught up in Fremantle to share a coffee, meet new and old friends, and hear an update. We were lucky to have Lis McLellan (Healthy Landscape Manager, Western Rangelands) and Erica Suosaari (Research Fellow, Hamelin Station Reserve) join us to provide an update… Read more »

Beautiful Boolcoomatta

In May I travelled to beautiful Boolcoomatta Reserve in South Australia. On my way I was fortunate to meet up with some of our fantastic Adelaide-based volunteers. This was a great chance to meet one another, put a face-to-a-name, and provide an update on the South Australian program. Read more »

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