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SKIPAs gatherings in May May 7, 2013

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Come down from 4.30/5pm (broome time!) and help propogate, plant, weed, learn, laugh, get your hands dirty (or wear gloves)
May 7 Minyirr Park – just further along Gubinge Rd past the de Marchi Street junction. Look for a pile of mulch and maybe a car or a bike parked on the side of the road. Follow the dirt track in a short way to our weeding and rehab site.
May 14 KTI/TAFE horticultural compound
May 21 KTI/TAFE ” “

SKIPA’ing into 2013 February 26, 2013

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Popping up in the wetseason around Broome in wetter areas are these beautiful delicate & carnivorous plants.

Ever seen the insect eating  Drosera broomensis? Look out for it in undisturbed grasslands during Mankala, the wet season.

SKIPA mob has been back at it: in the nursery, planning and plotting field trips,  looking at what is seeding and flowering,around town  and today we are off to Minyirr Park to keep working away at the weeds from ‘The Red Gubinge Tree’ . Anyone is welcome to join in, bring your love of the bush and enthusiasm along. Contact skipas@environskimberley.org.au

The joy of camping in the build up season November 9, 2012

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   A beautiful billabong in the King Leopold Ranges, lined with silver paperbark trees.

The scent of honey was almost overpowering, and the air filled with umming bees and insects, the excited Lorikeets, and other little birds like honeyeaters and flycatchers. It was magic to listen to.

At night the fruitbats all had their chance to party.

The cool deep waters were covered with fallen blossoms and around the banks the blue waterlillies were starting to bloom

Have you been down to Minyirr Park lately? October 24, 2012

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You may have noticed everything seems to be bursting into flower or seed at this time of year. Its amazing what you will see and smell.  You may even discover our weeding and revegetation site around a big old Red Gubinge tree. Join our mailing list to come down tand help next time we are in Minyirr Park  skipas@environskimberley.org.au

Gabiny (Yawuru) Kabiny (nyul Nyul) & Gubinge (Bard) Terminalia ferdinandiana is bursting into flower all over Broome with a sweet heady scent. Its fruit is one of the richest known sources of vitamin C. They are special trees, look out for them around town & in Minyirr Park

SKIPA’s in action…. September 21, 2012

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SKIPA’s in action tree planting the Waterwise Watercorp verge garden at Burdekin Youth In Action in Broome

This coming week on Tuesday September 25 we will be back in the nursery from 4:30pm at KTI – your local TAFE to check on how our plants are growing. Saturday morning we are going weeding, focussing on removing an invasive species – Leucaena leucocephala (commonly known as coffee bush) from a Threatened Ecological Community – a very special Monsoon Vine Thicket not far from Broome. If you are interested in joining us please call 9192 1922 during office hours or email skipas@environskimberley.org.au All WELCOME

Next Tuesday we will be SKIPA’ing in Minyirr Park August 30, 2012

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Flowering at the moment around town is Persoonia falcata, perhaps you know it as the Wild Pear or Geebung, Gamooloon (in Bard country), Wongatt (in Nyul Nyul) or as Ngaliwany (Yawuru)

If you are interested in helping out and learning more about Kimberley native plants and animals come along, all are welcome. This week we are meeting at Minyirr Park on Tuesday Sept 4 from 4pm onwards, to help pull out a few more of those non-native species yes - WEEDS.  Phone 9192 1922 or email skipas@environskimberley.org.au for more info. Wear closed in shoes, bring a hat and water bottle, meet at Gubinge rd between De Marchi & Howe.

Calytrix exstipulata August 6, 2012

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Here is a close up of a cultivated sample of Calytrix estipulata. Grow one for your garden they are beautiful. Ask us how….

News from SKIPA’s August 5, 2012

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Neil Hamaguchi photographed this flowering Turkey Bush high on rocky ridge in a remote spot on the Kimberley coast.

What amazing Kimberley plant or animals have you seen lately? Look out for the stunning pink flowers of Calytrix exstipulata, there are some lovely examples flowering at Lotteries House garden(Broome) at the moment. Found throughout the Kimberley Calytrix exstipulata is aslo known by the more  common names of  Kimberley Heath or Turkey Bush.

This Tuesday 7 August SKIPA’s are meeting at KTI your local TAFE  horticultural compound from 4.30pm onwards. Last week we had a great turn out, got lots of work done and had a quick look at the amazing vegie garden cultivated by the lecturers and students. Inspiring!

Come down and check out what we are growing and for potting up fun on Tuesday. Dont forget your closed in shoes. Hope to see you there.

Acacia tumida July 31, 2012

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Wangai or Spear Wattle Acacia tumida

Traditionally known as ‘Wangai’ or ‘spear wattle’ by local Indigenous people, this wattle grows straight and tall and makes great spears especially because it floats in the water. The seed is also ground to make damper. It is flowering at the moment, as seen in this photo taken recently on the Gibb River Rd and the flowers are a a beautiful intense yellow with a long fluffy pipecleaner form.

Flowers of Acacia tumida

July 30, 2012

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Flowering around Broome at the moment is this magnificent Hakea. It is a fire tolerant species and was used traditionally to make Boomerangs.

What have you seen in the bush later? SKIPA is always wanting to hear from Kimberley plant and animal enthusiasts so let us know you have seen lately. We are meeting this week Tuesday 31 July back in the nursery at KTI your local TAFE from 4.30pm on. Come and hear about our holiday adventures and help pot up some of our native plants.

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