Jun 20

Dhagaay, Gagalin, Bidyin, Yellowbelly

“Dhagaay yulaanbi-li nhulaan” – a traditional painting of the Yellowbelly
by Gamilaraay artist, Mawu-gi (Brent Emerson). Check out more of Brent’s work on
his portfolio

Yellowbelly hold cultural values rooted in economics, social and environmental health, spirituality & as good old tasty tucker. These medium-sized native fish live throughout the Murray-Darling Basin and are known by different names in different regions. The names Golden perch, Callop and Murray perch might sound familiar to you. Did you know they are also known as “Dhagaay” in Gamillaraay/ Kamilaroi language and “Gagalin” or “Bidyin” in Wiradjuri language?

Continue reading: Issue No. 7 – Cultural value of Yellowbelly


Jun 20

The Waterbird Lagoon is open!

Image: Waterbird lagoon at the Gwydir Wetlands State Conservation Area
Photo – Joanne OCock (NPWS)

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is pleased to announce the reopening of the ‘Waterbird Lagoon’ at the Gwydir Wetlands State Conservation Area, near Moree. Check the website nationalparks.nsw.gov.au for the latest updates. Click here for the NPWS announcement – Gwydir Wetlands Waterbird Lagoon open days.


Jun 20

Observations from the bird guru – Steve Debus

Above: Brolga (Grus rubicunda) enjoying the Gwydir Wetlands State Conservation Area (SCA)
Source – MER Project team

Steve Debus is a bird expert and all-round animal enthusiast.

A key member of the team assessing and monitoring water for the environment in the Warrego and Gwydir systems, Steve contributes data on fauna that inhabit these areas. His observations in the Warrego and Gwydir described in this story indicate the importance of good flow, namely rainfall and water for the environment, in these dynamic wetland environments.

Continue reading: Issue No. 6 – Steve Debus


Jun 20

Fish, flows and food

Female Western Carp Gudgeon, Hypseleotris klunzingeri

Can environmental water deliver the food needed for native fish to grow?

Native fish play an important role in the environment of the Murray Darling Basin. They also have a large social and cultural value to many Basin communities. How we use water in our rivers has changed their natural flow patterns and impacted native fish communities. Deciding how we use water for the environment can therefore provide major benefits to sustaining our native fish.

Continue reading – Fish, flows and food


Jun 20

Controlling lippia: the role of environmental water

An abundance of water couch (Paspalum distichum) – at a vegetation survey site near Bunnor wetlands.

Lippia (Phyla canescens) is a significant weed in the Gwydir wetlands. It spreads along the ground smothering native grasses, reducing both our native habitat and our natural pastures for cattle. Water couch and lippia tend to live in the same areas. What we have found is that the delivery of environmental water can benefit water couch, allowing it to dramatically out compete the lippia weed.

Continue reading – Controlling Lippia



May 20

Waterbirds in the Gwydir

Plumed whistling duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)

To the west of Moree the land gets flat, very flat. So flat that the Gwydir River disperses into several channels and flow paths, forming the Gwydir wetlands. These wetlands support some of the largest breeding colonies of waterbirds in Australia and include areas that are listed as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar convention).

Continue reading – Waterbirds in the Gwydir


May 20

Yellowbelly: the fecund Warrego nursery

Do you know that the Warrego River is a super-rich nursery for yellowbelly (Golden Perch)?

Read the full yellabelly story here


Apr 20

A frog’s dream: Connectivity in the Warrego

The Warrego river is having its best flow in ages.  The floodplain is connected to the channel and hundreds of hectares of habitat is being inundated.  We can’t get out there to have a look because we are in our homes helping to keep the community safe.  But we can guarantee the frogs are having a field day.

Figure 1. Green tree frogs (Litoria caerulea) are one of the many frog species known to thrive in the Warrego floodplain and channels after good flows during the warmer months. We spotted this one in the Warrego during a frog survey for the LTIM Project.



Apr 20

Newest member of the 2rog team

A warm welcome to Shjarn Winkle

Shjarn is an Environmental Scientist, passionate about the conservation of Australian ecosystems. She is keen to get in the field and study the environment in Australia and abroad. In the 2rog office, Shjarn is busy with engagement, reporting, compiling and sharing our stories. The weekend often sees Shjarn at local markets or our various National Parks.

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