Wading through the Warrego

Looking west over Booka Dam (Toorale National Park) during golden hour. Photo – Shjarn Winkle Reflections of a rookie Environmental Consultant’s first trip to Toorale National Park for the Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER) Program. Continue reading: Issue No. 9 – Wading through the Warrego

‘Big dry’ survivors

Image: A juvenile Murray cod (Maccullochella peelii) in the Gwydir River. Photo – NSW DPI-Fisheries The past five years have been challenging, to say the least, for many fish species within the Gwydir Valley, particularly regarding spawning and recruitment (aka. breeding). This has made the recent findings from the NSW Fisheries team all the more…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…