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Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 5: Old Toolamba - Maneroo Rd bush camp.

Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 5: Old Toolamba - Maneroo Rd bush camp. | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it

In today's blog I continue to follow the Goulburn in my kayak as it passes from the small village like towns of Murchison and Toolamba through the rural cities of Shepparton and Mooroopna. I present a uniquely, river based view of the history and environment of those places. Leaving the urban environment, I paddle into the Lower Goulburn National Park, said to have some of the most intact river red gum forest and natural grass and shrub understories in the Murray Darling Basin. Despite the proximity of these towns, travelling down the Goulburn continues to be an exercise in solitude, with kingfishers my constant companions.

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The fifth day of my paddle down the Goulburn from Eildon to Echuca. The river now has taken on the slow meandering characteristic of other Murray Darling Basin rivers. I saw very few people. Paddling down the Goulburn is a kind of wilderness experience, despite being embedded in a developed environment.

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Free Flow – the MDBA blog » Changes in mid-Murray weir pool levels from August

Free Flow – the MDBA blog » Changes in mid-Murray weir pool levels from August | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
Free Flow is the Murray-Darling Basin Authority's blog, featuring the latest news, information and stories from around the Basin.
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Experiment mimics natural flows in Murray River.
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$65 million for River Murray irrigation projects

$65 million for River Murray irrigation projects | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce MP. Mo r e than $65 million will be shared by 61 South Australian irrigation and industry projects to improve farm productivity and return water to the River Murray.
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Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 4 Lake Nagambie - Old Toolamba.

Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 4 Lake Nagambie - Old Toolamba. | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it

Reflections on Lake Nagambie, Goulburn Weir portage and the legendary secretive wilderness of the Lower Goulburn. Historical and environmental insights. Even a link to Josephine Bonaparte... find out more...

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Experience one of the most important rivers in terms of its contribution to flow in the Murray Darling Basin. The Goulburn provides water for farms, towns and cities throughout Northern Victoria, but also, via a network of channels, it secures the water supplies of Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo. Today's journey describes the change in the river from its upper (montane) to lower (riverine) reaches of the Goulburn. From snaking within its hilly valley, its stretches out onto the riverine plain: the differences are striking.

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Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 2: Molesworth - Trawool.

Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 2: Molesworth - Trawool. | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it

Experience an entire river valley through the eyes of a kayaker: mountain to Murray: environment, history and beautiful pictures.

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The blog for second day of my Goulburn River Paddle is now finished, describing the river from Molesworth to Trawool. in addition, learn about the Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail, the North South Pipeline, platypus, the Brave Goose Vineyard and how to be safe in a thunderstorm.

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Droughts, floods and riverine biota: natural disturbance or environmental catastrophe?

Droughts, floods and riverine biota: natural disturbance or environmental catastrophe? | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
We humans often think that the whole world revolves around us, and that if something affects our lives, it must be important. Droughts and floods are examples of natural events and processes that o...
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Came across this excellent reflection on how the biodiversity of our inland waterways evolved to depend on cycles of drought and flood.

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Peter Phillips's curator insight, October 16, 2014 6:04 AM

Came across this excellent reflection on how the biodiversity of our inland waterways evolved to depend on cycles of drought and flood.

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Environmental water keeps platypus at play « Free Flow

Environmental water keeps platypus at play « Free Flow | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
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Platypus have been found in areas receiving environmental water following bushfire north of the Grampians, pointing to both the healthy recovery of that environment and the resilience of the species.
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Murray River Kayak.: Murray Meanders, Bends and Billabongs.

Murray River Kayak.: Murray Meanders, Bends and Billabongs. | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
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Why does the river look like it does? Can it move? How? It turns out that the way the Murray river moves drives habitat and species diversity.

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Help save turtles with a new tracking app

Help save turtles with a new tracking app | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
Download a new Aussie app to help protect freshwater turtle nests from feral animals.
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This App is one of a wave of new user friendly software which helps collect data on the status of wildlife in a way that can be used by science. Because it is designed to be used with smartphones, GPS data is included, and the opportunity to include photographs and sound recordings, which help with verification by experts. Become a field biologist for a day, have some fun and make a difference!

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Peter Phillips's curator insight, May 27, 2014 4:25 PM

This App is one of a wave of new user friendly software which helps collect data on the status of wildlife in a way that can be used by science. Because it is designed to be used with smartphones, GPS data is included, and the opportunity to include photographs and sound recordings, which help with verification by experts. Become a field biologist for a day, have some fun and make a difference!

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Murray River Kayak.: Floods on the Murray River

Murray River Kayak.: Floods on the Murray River | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
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Floods on the Murray River - information for communities in times of flood and to help the students in their schools understand what is going on. The page includes news, live river data, information on what to do in an emergency, historical news articles, the role of floods in ecosystems, and how floods change the shape of rivers.

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Schematic representation of the main river ecosystem concepts

Schematic representation of the main river ecosystem concepts | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
Below is my attempt to represent the main river ecosystem concepts schematically.  Read through the four parts of the brief history to get fuller descriptions of the concepts. From left: the Fish Z...
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A real gem of a blog. I look forward to exploring more of this author's work.

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Rivers of Carbon | Australian River Restoration Centre

Rivers of Carbon | Australian River Restoration Centre | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
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The Rivers of Carbon project is an exciting initiative based in the southern tablelands of New South Wales.  It is linking work already completed on sites along the upper Murrumbidgee and upper Lachlan Rivers to create living corridors of riparian vegetation.  For landholders the project is creating  win win outcomes with multiple benefits, including future tradeable carbon credits, agricultural productivity, biodiversity and healthier rivers.  The ARRC is working alongside Greening Australia Capital Region to deliver this project which is funded through the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Future Biodiversity Fund.

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Free Flow – the MDBA blog » Fishing for answers in the North

Free Flow – the MDBA blog » Fishing for answers in the North | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
Free Flow is the Murray-Darling Basin Authority's blog, featuring the latest news, information and stories from around the Basin.
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A team has mapped the river bed for a large section of the Barwon and upper Darling to better understand fish habitat.
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Urban platypus populations recovering in Melbourne's north west

Urban platypus populations recovering in Melbourne's north west | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
Platypus populations in Melbourne's urban areas are showing signs of recovery.
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I wonder if the same can be said for the MDB?

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Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 6: Maneroo Rd to Emily Rd.

Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 6: Maneroo Rd to Emily Rd. | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it

I awoke to the sound of bird song so rich and varied that it was if I was in a tropical rainforest. Witnessing such diversity is pure joy. Despite knowing my birds pretty well, I couldn't name them all: suffice to say that there was big and small and everything in between. I felt that this was what Noah's Ark must have sounded like and became aware of a common bond (greater than race, politics, or country) with anyone else who has ever camped in the bush and loved it.

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Cuttings are young river beds. They are places where the river has found and established a short cut. They are rarely as straight as this one, but can save kilometres from the days' paddle. They are also interesting to follow. You never know quite what you will find. Occasionally, they are narrow and fast flowing, which makes a nice change from the broad, slow main channel. However they can also be shallow, snaggy, or blocked by tree trunks that stretch from side to side. Together with old river beds, they help drain flood waters resulting from summer and winter storms. And deliver fresh water to isolated billabongs and wetlands, maintaining a healthy diversity throughout the flood plain.

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Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 3: Trawool - Nagambie.

Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 3: Trawool - Nagambie. | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it

A journal of canoe expeditions along the rivers of Australia's Murray Darling Basin using photographs, stories and information to highlight the beauty, challenges and history of these rivers and the communities they flow through.

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Day 3 Goulburn River Paddle: read about how granite from the hills was used to build Flinders Street Station, stories from explorers Hume, Hovell and Mitchell and two of Victoria's finest wineries.

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Day 3 Goulburn River Paddle: read about how granite from the hills was used to build Flinders Street Station, stories from explorers Hume, Hovell and Mitchell and two of Victoria's finest wineries.

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Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 1. Eildon - Molesworth.

Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 1. Eildon - Molesworth. | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it

Experience an entire river valley through the eyes of a kayaker: mountain to Murray: environment, history and beautiful pictures.

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I have just completed a 460 km paddle on the Goulburn River from Eildon to Echuca, from the mountains to the Murray. The Goulburn is a magical river. A true kayaker's river and a hidden gem. Paddling along it is a wilderness experience, right in the heart of Victoria. I saw very few people either on the banks, or on the river, for the entire journey. This page is the first comprehensive entry. It covers day 1 of a total of 7. It introduces the river in the context of an adventure. Through this blog, I hope to share the wonder through personal reflection, insights into the environment and history of areas I paddle through - all supported by beautiful photographs. For a quick overview and daily entries, see https://www.facebook.com/MurrayRiverPaddleEchucaToTheSea. If you like it, let me know. 

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I have just completed a 460 km paddle on the Goulburn River from Eildon to Echuca, from the mountains to the Murray. The Goulburn is a magical river. A true kayaker's river and a hidden gem. Paddling along it is a wilderness experience, right in the heart of Victoria. I saw very few people either on the banks, or on the river, for the entire journey. This page is the first comprehensive entry. It covers day 1 of a total of 7. It introduces the river in the context of an adventure. Through this blog, I hope to share the wonder through personal reflection, insights into the environment and history of areas I paddle through - all supported by beautiful photographs. For a quick overview and daily entries, see https://www.facebook.com/MurrayRiverPaddleEchucaToTheSea. If you like it, let me know. 

Peter Phillips's curator insight, January 19, 4:24 AM

I have just completed a 460 km paddle on the Goulburn River from Eildon to Echuca, from the mountains to the Murray. The Goulburn is a magical river. A true kayaker's river and a hidden gem. Paddling along it is a wilderness experience, right in the heart of Victoria. I saw very few people either on the banks, or on the river, for the entire journey. This page is the first comprehensive entry. It covers day 1 of a total of 7. It introduces the river in the context of an adventure. Through this blog, I hope to share the wonder through personal reflection, insights into the environment and history of areas I paddle through - all supported by beautiful photographs. For a quick overview and daily entries, see https://www.facebook.com/MurrayRiverPaddleEchucaToTheSea. If you like it, let me know. 

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Murray River Kayak.: Educational Sites

Murray River Kayak.: Educational Sites | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it

There are an amazing amount of resources about our environment, but they can be very hard to find. I have begun to put some of the best together here to share. I hope that you are tempted to try a few.

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Putting together a collection of environmental resources for Murray River schools. Suggestions?

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Peter Phillips's curator insight, August 31, 2014 7:51 AM

Putting together a collection of environmental resources for Murray River schools. Suggestions?

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Putting together a collection of environmental resources for Murray River schools. Suggestions?

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Get mapping with a turtle spotting app! « Free Flow

Get mapping with a turtle spotting app! « Free Flow | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
Turtles are an integral part of the River Murray ecosystem, with the special role of cleaning the river by eating dead animals.
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There are three species that are found along the River Murray: the broad-shelled snake-necked turtle (Chelodina expansa) the eastern snake-necked or long-necked turtle (Chelodina longicollis) the Murray short-necked turtle (Emydura macquarii). Which one do you think this hatchling is? This page helps identify our Murray River Turtles and introduces a citizen science app to map where they nest (to help preserve the species).
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There are three species that are found along the River Murray: the broad-shelled snake-necked turtle (Chelodina expansa) the eastern snake-necked or long-necked turtle (Chelodina longicollis) the Murray short-necked turtle (Emydura macquarii). Which one do you think this hatchling is? This page helps identify our Murray River Turtles and introduces a citizen science app to map where they nest (to help preserve the species).

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Murray River Kayak.: How the Murray River course was shaped.

Murray River Kayak.: How the Murray River course was shaped. | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it

How the Murray River found its shape. Aboriginal dreamtime, geographical and geological perspectives on how the Murray River formed.

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Many publications are highly technical. in this entry, I have tried to use more accessible language, but maintain as much accuracy as possible. If you have suggestions for improvements, let me know.

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Peter Phillips's curator insight, June 2, 2014 11:55 AM

Many publications are highly technical. in this entry, I have tried to use more accessible language, but maintain as much accuracy as possible. If you have suggestions for improvements, let me know.

Peter Phillips's curator insight, June 2, 2014 11:55 AM

Many publications are highly technical. in this entry, I have tried to use more accessible language, but maintain as much accuracy as possible. If you have suggestions for improvements, let me know.

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Murray River Virtual Field Trip

An introduction to the diversity of life along the Murray River. This presentation focuses on identifying relationships, habitat and change over time. It aim...
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For more information about river ecology and river ecosystem concepts, see Paul Humphries at http://paulhumphriesriverecology.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/schematic-representation-of-the-main-river-ecosystem-concepts/

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Murray River Kayak.: Where do the sandy beaches in the Murray River come from?

Murray River Kayak.: Where do the sandy beaches in the Murray River come from? | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
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Explore Your Area | Atlas of Living Australia

Explore Your Area | Atlas of Living Australia | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
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Find out what mammals, birds and reptiles live in your area. Simply type in your place name. Once you are an expert you can also record your sightings.

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