World Frog Day

World Frog Day is a day dedicated to raising awareness for frogs and other amphibians. Frog populations have been under threat and many species are disappearing, or have already gone extinct! Studying wetlands and floodplains means we encounter frogs during our monitoring frequently, particularly in times when flows in the systems are good. To celebrate World Frog Day we’re shared some frogs we’ve come across in the Guwayda (Gwydir) and Warriku-Baaka (Warrego-Darling) catchments.

Issue 56 Meet this species featuring wirlu-wirlu

The eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis), called the wirlu-wirlu by the Kurnu-Baakandji, has the second most toxic venom of any snake in the world. This species of brown snake can be found in both the Warreg-Darling and Gwydir Selected Areas. In this story we highlight some interesting facts about this venomous species.

Issue 50 Meet my Microbugs

Dr Ivor Growns is a Research Fellow and a member of the University of New England’s Flow-MER team. Ivor investigates how aquatic ecosystems respond to Commonwealth water for the environment delivered to the Warriku (Warrego) and Guwayda Warrambools (Gwydir Wetlands). Read about his favourite microbugs here.

Issue 49 Guwayda Snapshot of the 2022-23 Water Year

Conditions throughout the 2022-23 water year (July 2022 – June 2023) were relatively wet. Within the Lower Guwayda and Gingham systems an estimated 60,000 nests were recorded of various waterbird species. Warrambool (wetland) vegetation continued to respond favourably to the wet conditions, however native fish populations have remained in poor conditions. Read the details in this issue.