Coral nectar a feast for Honey eaters.

Glyphosate (round-up) has been found by researchers close to the Great Barrier Reef in seawater. This is a surprising finding to many as Glyphosate has been marketed as a biodegradable product by its makers.
This study demonstrated Glyphosate is moderately persistent in marine water under low light conditions and is highly persistent in the dark. The authors conclude in this study that little degradation would be expected during flood plumes in the tropics, which would then deliver dissolved and sediment-bound glyphosate far from shore.
Jo Immig. For further up to date information see http://www.panap.net

So it is hard to understand the local land-care mis-guided use of this product on coral trees lining the creeks edge, water that eventually reaches the ocean. Instead, employ and train young people in the chemical free approach to land-care. In this CLIMATE change action week it is time to react positively for the whole environment and its delicate balance for all life we live amongst.

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Thank-you Rodney and Elizabeth for your visit and to Rodney for the photos of the birds feasting from the coral tree.

And human kind is fouling it’s nest.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/boyerlectures/

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Rodney Weidland photo.

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Visiting here yesterday, Elizabeth Ihuede and Rodney Weidland. Rodney, a well known photographer of birds and wildlife along with the beautiful food photography featured in Belinda Jeffery’s collection of recipe books.

See Elizabeth’s Blog at http://elizabethlhuede.com/

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1996 cleared and mulched.

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After a busy week past, this morning I took a walk through an area (pictured above) when I slashed, pulled and mulched lantana, camphor and a few privets in 1996. Now a native rainforest where many birds live.

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Eat locally grown and produced food when ever you can.

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/quiz/2014/sep/17/quinoa-baobab-superfoods-quiz

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Maisie (3 years old) asks where Honey comes from.

Bees start making honey, which is their food, by visiting flowers. They collect a sugary juice called nectar from the blossom by sucking it out with their tongues. They store it in what’s called their honey stomach, which is different from their food stomach.

When they have a full load, they fly back to the hive. There, they pass it on through their mouths to other worker bees who chew it for about half an hour. It’s passed from bee to bee, until it gradually turns into honey. Then the bees store it in honeycomb cells, which are like tiny jars made of wax. The honey is still a bit wet, so they fan it with their wings to make it dry out and become more sticky. When it’s ready, they seal the cell with a wax lid to keep it clean.

So that’s how bees make honey. They don’t make very much of it, though. It takes at least eight bees all their life to make one single teaspoonful. Fortunately for us, they usually make more than they need, so we can have some, too.

Thank-you Bill Turnbull and Maisie.UK.
Guardian News.

The science is increasingly clear: neonicotinoid pesticides, alone and in combination with other pesticides, are a key factor in declining bee populations. Neonics have been linked to massive bee kills, and at non-lethal doses they can interfere with critical brain functions that bees need to navigate, forage and reproduce.
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Spring.

Thunder and lightening battled it out last night with-holding its rain to dump somewhere else.
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Great Barrier Reef NEEDS your help.

Thanks so much for sending an email to the Queensland Premier Campbell Newman thanking him for taking a step in the right direction to protect our Reef.

It’s because of people like you that I know we’ll win this.

There’s only one Great Barrier Reef. If we ruin it, we don’t get another shot.

We need the Premier to hear from as many people as possible so he hears us loud and clear: this is far from over.

Please send the email below the line to three friends and help build support for the Great Barrier Reef.

Thanks for your support,

Felicity Wishart
On behalf of the Fight for the Reef team

Hi there,

Breaking news: the Queensland Government, in response to community pressure, has taken a small step forward in management of the Great Barrier Reef.

They’ve banned dumping of dredge spoil going onto the Reef at Abbot Point.

This is a great step in the right direction, but this is far from over.

I’ve just sent Premier Newman a message to tell him that what he’s done is a welcome first step, but we’re not done yet. I want him to know that he’s not off the hook.

Will you join me and do the same? http://fightforthereef.org.au/newman-listened/

Thanks,
Donald Drinkwater

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From Nadia.

Hi beautiful people, I was in the bush on Brunswick Heads yesterday and the air smell like spring, with a sweet essence. So come and taste it and give as a hand chopping Bitou bush on Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next working bee on Saturday the 13th of September, from 9 am till 1 pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve. Meet at the front dune, by walking on the south direction from the dog walking track beach access, located on the South side of the Surf Club. We will be working on the front dune, heading on the South direction. Our new loppers are so good to work with, we are loving it.

Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water, a picnic and beach gear. To share I will bring cooked bunyas. More information please call Nadia 0478272300 or go to http://www.byronshirechemicalfreelandcare.org.

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