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How putting one piece of rubbish in the bin could save a life!

Littering is a problem that should be stopped because it is harming the environment and it must be stopped. Some of my class mates went down to lake Ranfurly and there was a bunch of rubbish from knickers to syringes. Littering kills animals because they can choke on some plastic and do you really want to know you killed an animal? You can get fines for littering and littering is basically people being lazy and not walking the extra couple of metres to a bin. So if you litter just remember if you litter you’re risking a fine and a life!

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Why I think there should be no rubbish at Lake Ranfurly!!!!

DSC07047I think rubbish should not be littered anywhere around Sunraysia area, because it is bad for all our wildlife and it is also dangerous to people who go out to a picnic. If they find syringes and if they have a child with them it could kill them.

These are true stories that I have heard…
1. Tom and his family went out to Lake Ranfurly for the day and found all sorts of things like rubbish, syringes, dead animals and other things. So then Tom’s Dad went home to get a trailer and they filled it up to the very top and then took it to the landfill for free.
2. A mum takes her child on a walk around Lake Ranfurly and she did not notice any of the syringes around and let go of her son’s hand and sat down on a seat and then tied a harness around her son  so he would not go far but he found a syringe and poked himself with it and passed out.
3. A family’s dog died and they were moving in two weeks so they were bad and put it down then put it in a cardboard box and took it to Lake Ranfurly. Then all the feral dogs and cats got it and tore it to bits so it wasn’t nice when a group of kids went on a class trip and found it and they were told someone would come and get it.
So that’s why I think there should be no rubbish around Lake Ranfurly because then people have to go and clean up after others and find stuff that you have dumped and driven off.

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Lake Ranfurly

On Thursday we went to Lake Ranfurly. We found many things including undies and a DSC07024picnic basket. It goes to show that we have look after our enviroment. Otherwise our animals will be extinct. Do not litter!

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A great surprise at Lake Ranfurly

Today I am going to tell you about littering.Littering is terrible it can kill animals and the syringes are really dangerous because a baby could pick up one and catch a disease. If Lake Ranfurly doesn’t get fixed it will be a disaster!!!

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Lake Ranfurly rubbish

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Rubbish at Lake Ranfurly was found late last Thursday as Mildura West students went to clean it up. We found many things. Some litter can posion the nearby water.  If syringes had something in it and it escaped it would have been devastating to the water and its wildlife. People need to be more responsible with their rubbish!

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Litter Bugs are Foul players

DO NOT LITTER!!! Littering is polluting our world, and polluting it makes the world a bad place. You can all help save animals, kids, plants, adults and MUCH, MUCH MORE!!

At Lake Ranfurly we found syringes most of them had liquid in them which is TERRIBLE!! We found a picnic basket there and lots of families go to there for picnics. Not anymore because People are littering!

STOP LITTERING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Our exciting trip to Lake Ranfurly.

On the 31/8 /17 we went to Lake Ranfurly we planted seeds and my partners and I found what seemed to be a jewllery box. We used a rake,a bucket and gloves for protection. It was a lot of fun! Well done everybody that went I hope you like my post.

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The life of the Enviro leaders

On Thursday 31st August we went Lake Ranfurly to plant some seeds like gum trees and many more. We revegetated the area.

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Lake Ranfurly and seed dispersal

DSC06521 DSC06522 DSC06534 DSC06544 DSC06549 DSC065595P capably re-vegetated Lake Ranfurly. There has been so much off track driving and therefore it was easy to find places to re-vegetate using seed dispersal.

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Lake Ranfurly

Next week 6CR will be going to Lake Ranfurly to re-vegetate using seed dispersal.

Background

Lake Ranfurly used to be a freshwater lake, surrounded by trees and is now a degraded saline drainage basin as a result of human activities including illegal dumping of waste, discharge of pollution, saline water from the Salt Interception Scheme, urban and irrigation run-off and historic use as a sewerage disposal.

Threatened Species

Lake Ranfurly is still important for birds including migratory waders as well as resident terrestrial species, although the quality of habitat.

A total of 101 bird species have been recorded including threatened species such as Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) and Black Falcon (Falco subniger).

Under Victorias Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 the threatened Eastern Hooded Scaly-foot (Pygopus schraden), Kneed Swainson-pea (Swainsona reticulta), Eastern Great –egret (Ardea modesta) and White –bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) are protected with Action Statements.

Threats

  • Pest Plants
  • Pest Animals
  • Off track driving and too many tracks
  • Illegal dumping of rubbish
  • Encroachment from surrounding landowners
  • Quality of water
  • Utility construction and maintenance
  • Lack of co-ordinated Land Ownership and Strategic Planning
  • Inadequate management of threatened flora/fauna populations

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White-winged Fairy-wren

There are many species of wrens that can be found at Lake Ranfurly!

White Winged Fairy Wren


Scientific Name: Malurus leucopterus

Common Names: White-winged Fairy-wren [most common] , Black-and-White, Blue-and-White or White-backed Fairy-wren.

Distinguishing Features:  The White-winged Fairy-wren is a small sized bird. It is black, white and blue. The black part is the neck and the blue parts are the underbelly and head. The wings are white. The female has a greyish blue tail with a grey-brown crown, back and wings. The underbelly is white with the flanks a dull buff colour.   The clutch is 2-4 eggs with a nesting period of 28 days the incubation is 14 days. The minimum size is 11cm and the maximum size is 13cm. The average size is 12cm with the average weight being 8g. The young birds look like the female.

Habitat: It can be found nesting in dense, thorny bush. It also lives in shrubland throughout arid and semi-arid areas.

Diet: It eats insects, beetles and spiders as well as some seeds.

Status: It is secure in Victoria

Interesting Facts: In 1824 the White-winged Fairy-wren was first named, ‘Merion leucoptere’. Two French naturalists discovered this species.

References: http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Malurus-leucopterus

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Peregrine Falcon

2015-08-20 14.24.44This bird is the fastest animal on the planet!

Peregrine Falcon

Scientific Name: Falco peregrinus

Common Name: Peregrine Falcon

Distinguishing Features: They are powerfully built raptors with a black hood, blue-black upper parts and a creamy white chin and has a yellow ring around its eye. It also has a cream and black underbelly.

Habitat: It can be found in rainforests and river lands.

Diet: It likes to eat small birds, rabbits and other day mammals.

Status: Secure

Interesting Facts: It’s claws can pick up its prey while in mid air. It is the fastest bird and the fastest animal there is.

References: http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Falco-peregrinus

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Purple Swamphen

This bird has some very unique colours that make is easy to identify when bird watching!

Purple Swamphen

Scientific Name: Porphyrio porphyrio

Common Name: Purple Swamphen

Distinguishing Features: The Purple Swamphen is a bulky bird and the colours of it are mainly dusky black on top of its head with a broad dark blue collar and it has a dark blue to purple underbelly. The legs and feet are red-orange and the undertail is white. The Purple Swamphens bill is red and robust .

Habitat: They live around freshwater swamps, streams and marshes

Diet: They eat rushes, frogs, snails, ducklings

Status: Secure

Interesting Facts: The Purple Swamphen is an accomplished flier and a very proficient swimmer. When it walks it flicks its tail up and down, revealing its white undertail.

References: http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Porphyrio-porphyrio

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Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo

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Major Mitchell's Cockatoo by Noah

Scientific Name: Lophochroa leadbeateri

Common Name: Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo or Pink Cockatoo

Distinguishing Features: The Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo while small is stunning coloured with light and dark pink on its body. When the crest is spread it has a wide red band with a yellow stripe though the middle. It has a dark black eye. Both the male and female of the species help to incubate the eggs and then when hatched preen and care for the chicks.

Habitat: They prefer living in River Red Gum or Black Box trees.

Diet: They eat seeds from grasses, fruits, roots, bulbs and insect larvae.

Status: Endangered

Interesting Facts: The male and female chew on a tree hollow to make it bigger.

The scientific name, leadbeateri, is taken from Benjamin Leadbeater (1760 – 1837), who was a London natural history merchant in his day.

References: http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Lophochroa-leadbeateri

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Whiskered Tern

The Whiskered Terns were once known as ‘Marsh Terns’, and they can usually be seen in freshwater and brackish wetlands inland and coastal regions.

Whiskered Tern

Scientific Name: Chlidonias hybrida

Common Name: Whiskered Tern

Distinguishing Features: It has a forked tail, white cheeks and under belly. It has grey wings and a black crown. It also has red feet and a red beak. 279mm is the average size. The male and female look the same.

Habitat: It lives in freshwater swamps.

Diet: They feed on small fish, amphibians and insects.

Interesting Facts: It doesn’t like to nest on smooth surfaces, it likes to nest on roughrafts of vegetation.

References: http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Chlidonias-hybrida