June Bushcare – Piles of Trad

The new revegetation area appeared to be doing well and was checked and watered.

Trad removal around the creek continued to create nice big piles of the pest, while Japanese honeysuckle was also targeted.

Thanks to Chloe and Carol for returning for a second bout of Else Mitchell bushcare.

A satisfying pile of Trad
Tradding amongst the trees

May Bushcare – Revegetating and Weeding

A great work session expanded the revegetation area on the south slope with new plantings. Under Karen’s expert direction, the team dug holes and planted Pittosporum revolutum, Indigofera australis and one Bursaria spinosa.

Let the planting begin

Of course, the weeding can’t be ignored, and more progress was made on clearing out the Trad around the creek bed.

Back to the Trad

Welcome to Chloe and Carol for their first session, and thanks to park neighbours Rhiannon and Daniel and family for providing a fantastic morning tea. A pair of White-headed Pigeons looked on approvingly.

APRIL 2019 FANTASTIC FUNGI

Our resident fungi expert Liz Kabanoff has spotted quite a few examples of beautiful fungi coming up at Else Mitchell this month. 

Gymnopilus junonius was seen growing in clusters on buried wood. 

Russulas are ectomycorrhizal fungi. They are a food source for native slugs and snails. Russula viridis, the green russula, was a bit dried out when observed. All were growing in soil under Allocasuarina.

Oudemansiella gigaspora, a tall, elegant mushroom with a brown cap that is slimy when wet, was growing in soil but apparently attached to underground wood. Six specimens observed.

Oudemansiella gigaspora

Strobilomyces is a genus of bolete mushrooms (mushrooms with pores on the undersurface, rather than gills). Boletellus and Strobilomyces are both boletes (spongy porous undersurface).

Amanita xanthocephala forms ectomycorrhizal relationships with Eucalyptus. The specimens pictured were growing under Eucalyptus deani. 5 specimens were found. Amanita punctata was growing in soil in the woodland area among native grasses, Eucalyptus deani, Angophora, Allocasuarina. Three specimens were found.

Coral fungus, greyish-brown, was seen growing under Angophora costata and Allocasuarina torulosa.

The bioluminescent ghost fungus  Omphalotus nidiformis, was observed growing on a tree stump.

Omphalotus nidiformis

January Bushcare

Luckily, the previous day’s 42 degrees had passed, allowing us to start 2019 with a good session focusing on Trad and Japanese Honeysuckle.

Mike put his trusty rake to good effect and other team members filled up several bags of the green weeds.

Raking it in

In wildlife sightings, Mike spotted a juvenile Eastern Water Dragon, while Linda also spotted a Blue Eyed Lacewing during the month.

Juvenile Eastern Water Dragon                                                              Blue Eyed Lacewing

 

 

 

 

December sightings

Liz was able to capture some great photos of the reserve’s smaller residents. These included the Pleasing Fungus Beetle, which “because of their cryptic habits they are rarely seen except by the dedicated mushroom hunter and entomologists.” (University of Florida)

 

Pleasing Fungus Beetle                                              Seed bug nymphs Family Lygaeidae

 

Pittosporum leaf beetle                                                                             Amanita mushroom

                  Metallic jewel bug

 

 

 

Fauna sightings

Two interesting animals were seen by John and Madeline in late December 2018 in the park. An Eastern Water Dragon was spotted on the western boundary.

Eastern Water Dragon in Else-Mitchell

Another time, a raptor was seen flying over the park being harassed by a noisy miner. It was similar to another raptor seen over the park last year, that time being chased by a magpie. 

Raptor over Else-Mitchell being escorted by a magpie

 

Bushcare – December 2018

The group carried out its usual wide range of work on a humid Saturday. Anna maintained the recent plantings and then did Trad follow-up, while Linda also began some major Trad removal.

John and Madeline worked on Japanese Honeysuckle and Malcolm did Trad maintenance. Liz removed bulbs and other weeds and  took some amazing photos of fungi and insect life.

(L) Part of the reclaimed area with a range of local provenanced species; (R) visited by a Brush Bronzewing 

 

 

 

Jelly Fungi.

These jelly fungi, Calocera sp., were growing in some sleepers edging the grassy area of Else Mitchell Park. They typically fruit after rain, and provide food for invertebrates like this millipede.

 

Another jelly fungus found in Else Mitchell Park, Tremella mesenterica.