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Living with wildlife

Have you see an endangered species in the wild? Would you like to keep native bees? How many birds come to your garden?

Join us and learn about our local native species – whether it’s enjoying wildlife encounters in your own garden or helping save threatened species in the bigger backyard of Port Stephens.

Noisy, dangerous and intrusive – should jet skis be banned in Port Stephens?

By Ewa Meyer, EcoUpdate Editor In and around Nelson Bay this summer, there seemed to be more ‘Personal Water Craft’ (aka Jet Skis) on the water than ever before – …   Read more

Hands up if you feed wild birds in your garden?

Don’t feel guilty – you’re not the only one! At least one in three Australian households feed birds – whether they admit it or not! Perhaps there’s a way that people and wildlife can, and should, co-exist for the benefit of both.   Read more

Shorebirds of Port Stephens

Did you know that Bar-tailed Godwits fly 11,000km from the Arctic Circle to feed along our foreshores in spring before making the long flight back in autumn? Tomaree birdwatcher, Neil Fraser, introduces us to the incredible shorebirds of Port Stephens.   Read more

Watch and listen for this remarkable bird

Tomaree Peninsula birdwatcher, Neil Fraser, contacted EcoNetwork to enquire if any of our members may have spotted, or heard, the unusual and elusive Bush Stone-curlew.   Read more

STOP poisoning our wildlife

By Ewa Meyer, EcoUpdate Editor Earlier this year, many of us signed a petition organised by Birdlife Australia demanding that an application by the New South Wales Department of Primary …   Read more

Latham’s Snipe shores up wetlands diplomacy with Japan

One of the most amazing birds you might be lucky to come across in Port Stephens is Latham’s Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii). Once hunted as a gamebird, this migratory shorebird – …   Read more

Threatened Species Day

Most of us have heard of National Threatened Species Day – but did you know why 7 September was chosen to mark the occasion? On this day in 1936, the …   Read more

Beach Stone-curlews at Sunset

Beach Stone-curlews at Sunset Did you know that we have a very rare bird nesting right here in Soldier’s Point on the Tomaree Peninsula? Local birdwatchers have noted that a …   Read more

Nature Conservation Council says Thanks

Nature Conservation Council says Thanks – as do the new homeowners! 23 August 2021 Hi Members, I’m writing to say thank you. After the 2019-2020 Bushfire season destroyed the homes of millions …   Read more

Backyard Beekeeping

EcoNetwork member, Neil Ritchie, once thought beekeepers were crazy, but then he became one after his young daughter wanted a pet snake – or bees! What are the 21st century revolutions that have dramatically changed the nature of beekeeping?   Read more