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???? White Christmas?
 
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SMSkier

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Snowfall today was the real deal........won’t last long but it’s covered the dust at high elevations for a few days. Blizzard conditions late afternoon! Minus 3 up past Eyre with a stack of fresh on the road.... did see a suspicious “Roads Vehicle” heading up the hill Circa 5:30. Better not be closing that gate!!

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SMSkier

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Couple more.... check the amount falling at Eyre! Sth Peri cam shows it’s started up again just now. BOM showing 16mm - I reckon likely 20 cms up top. Plan to take the kit up tomorrow for a look further along the road!! 3rd pic at Sponars.

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Pfft.... get some touring kit mate. Look below...:rolleyes:LOL:thumbs:.
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You mean take my hiking boots so you can properly hop from rock to rock . or it that jump from snow patch to snow patch.

Sadly my hopecast of 50-100cents by first of Nov is looking very DOA - and instead is shaping up ne to 100 mm of H2O in it's liquid - rather than our preferred - crystal form.

It must have been fun yesterday and today. Though you might want to be hillside no later than next Friday if you want to have that November slide without too much walking. Enjoy!
 
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You mean take my hiking boots so you can properly hop from rock to rock . or it that jump from snow patch to snow patch.

Sadly my hopecast of 50-100cents by first of Nov is looking very DOA - and instead is shaping up ne to 100 mm of H2O in it's liquid - rather than our preferred - crystal form.

It must have been fun yesterday and today. Though you might want to be hillside no later than next Friday if you want to have that November slide without too much walking. Enjoy!

Yep. Plenty of shrubbery as you’d expect for the end of October. I did manage to find a bit out there today though buddy:thumbs::skier: Drifts and ice.

It’s melting quick as you would expect.

Copied some of this to the BC thread.

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Aussie researchers mount rescue bid for endangered pygmy possum

Sydney, Nov 4, 2019 (AFP) - Climate change is threatening to wipe out
Australia's critically endangered mountain pygmy possum, but researchers are
hoping to save the hibernating species by relocating the last remaining
mammals to cooler lowlands.
The tiny mammal lives in alpine regions but less than 2,500 remain in the
wild, according to estimates, with winter snowfall declines and warmer weather
threatening extinction.
The possums hibernate deep inside humid rock piles that are insulated by
snow during winter and provide shelter from high summer temperatures that can
prove fatal.
The species -- Australia's only hibernating marsupial -- needs temperatures
to hover just above freezing to hibernate successfully, but without enough
snow the cold air outside penetrates the rocks and chills the atmosphere
inside, University of New South Wales (UNSW) associate lecturer Hayley Bates
said Monday.
"Anything less than 0.6 Celsius will wake them from their hibernation and
they can shiver and starve to death," she added.
"You just need two bad winters like this and the species could collapse."
Scientists at UNSW have started a breeding program in a lowland area of New
South Wales state in an attempt to acclimatise the possums to a new home, with
hopes of establishing an inital colony of 25 animals.
More of the marsupials could be moved from their alpine habitat if the
project is successful.
Based on analysis of ancient fossils dating back 25 million years, they
believe the mountain pygmy possum's ancestors lived in a more temperate and
less extreme environment than it endures today.
Research also showed that other closely related possums had long lived in
settings such as lowland rainforests, said UNSW palaeontologist Mike Archer.
"What probably happened is that the modern species followed cool rainforest
which invaded the alpine areas during a period of relatively warmer, lush
conditions," he added.
"After these conditions deteriorated with further climate change, they were
stranded in an environment that was at the extreme end of their adaptability."
The mountain pygmy possum is also under pressure as numbers of its primary
post-hibernation food source -- the bogong moth -- are dwindling, apparently
also due to climate change and drought.
If the project is successful, scientists hope other endangered Australian
animals could be rescued in a similar way, including the Corroboree frog and
the swamp tortoise.
 

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Aussie researchers mount rescue bid for endangered pygmy possum

Sydney, Nov 4, 2019 (AFP) - Climate change is threatening to wipe out
Australia's critically endangered mountain pygmy possum, but researchers are
hoping to save the hibernating species by relocating the last remaining
mammals to cooler lowlands.
The tiny mammal lives in alpine regions but less than 2,500 remain in the
wild, according to estimates, with winter snowfall declines and warmer weather
threatening extinction.
The possums hibernate deep inside humid rock piles that are insulated by
snow during winter and provide shelter from high summer temperatures that can
prove fatal.
The species -- Australia's only hibernating marsupial -- needs temperatures
to hover just above freezing to hibernate successfully, but without enough
snow the cold air outside penetrates the rocks and chills the atmosphere
inside, University of New South Wales (UNSW) associate lecturer Hayley Bates
said Monday.
"Anything less than 0.6 Celsius will wake them from their hibernation and
they can shiver and starve to death," she added.
"You just need two bad winters like this and the species could collapse."
Scientists at UNSW have started a breeding program in a lowland area of New
South Wales state in an attempt to acclimatise the possums to a new home, with
hopes of establishing an inital colony of 25 animals.
More of the marsupials could be moved from their alpine habitat if the
project is successful.
Based on analysis of ancient fossils dating back 25 million years, they
believe the mountain pygmy possum's ancestors lived in a more temperate and
less extreme environment than it endures today.
Research also showed that other closely related possums had long lived in
settings such as lowland rainforests, said UNSW palaeontologist Mike Archer.
"What probably happened is that the modern species followed cool rainforest
which invaded the alpine areas during a period of relatively warmer, lush
conditions," he added.
"After these conditions deteriorated with further climate change, they were
stranded in an environment that was at the extreme end of their adaptability."
The mountain pygmy possum is also under pressure as numbers of its primary
post-hibernation food source -- the bogong moth -- are dwindling, apparently
also due to climate change and drought.
If the project is successful, scientists hope other endangered Australian
animals could be rescued in a similar way, including the Corroboree frog and
the swamp tortoise.
I wonder how they like all those skidoos zooming over the top of their protected habitat at Blue Cow?
 

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Does that mean they’ll open up beneath Summit? :out:
That closed area was once the largest known burramys population in Australia. It had about 250 breeding pairs before the 03 fires. After the fire there were 5 breeding pairs. The last survey I was involved with in 2011 found 12 breeding pairs.

The biggest factor preventing recovery was the loss of Alpine Plum heath. The area has been closed to allow the Alpine Plum to regrow. Since the stuff only grows 10mm in a good year is important to reduce disturbance to it as much as possible.

Once you get your eye in over on the Paralyzer survey area you can see a track left behind by two people walking the same path 10 times every year. If the Summit area wasn't closed the once largest population of possums in Australia would already be gone.
 

skichic

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That closed area was once the largest known burramys population in Australia. It had about 250 breeding pairs before the 03 fires. After the fire there were 5 breeding pairs. The last survey I was involved with in 2011 found 12 breeding pairs.

The biggest factor preventing recovery was the loss of Alpine Plum heath. The area has been closed to allow the Alpine Plum to regrow. Since the stuff only grows 10mm in a good year is important to reduce disturbance to it as much as possible.

Once you get your eye in over on the Paralyzer survey area you can see a track left behind by two people walking the same path 10 times every year. If the Summit area wasn't closed the once largest population of possums in Australia would already be gone.
I was tongue in cheek. Always happy for critters to be protected.
 

Astro66

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That closed area was once the largest known burramys population in Australia. It had about 250 breeding pairs before the 03 fires. After the fire there were 5 breeding pairs. The last survey I was involved with in 2011 found 12 breeding pairs.

The biggest factor preventing recovery was the loss of Alpine Plum heath. The area has been closed to allow the Alpine Plum to regrow. Since the stuff only grows 10mm in a good year is important to reduce disturbance to it as much as possible.

Once you get your eye in over on the Paralyzer survey area you can see a track left behind by two people walking the same path 10 times every year. If the Summit area wasn't closed the once largest population of possums in Australia would already be gone.
So they would be gone and we'd have our ski area back ???

Sounds like a plan. Possum Soup tonight. :whistle:
 

telecrag

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The perfect dish, the prepared flesh of the Pygmy Possum, wrapped around a Bogong Moth, and roasted to perfection.

Chianti?
 

dawooduck

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That rock fall plum heath area was amazing pre development. Surrounded by lush mountain pasture under rather straight snow gums that grew protected in the area the two chair bottom stations where. A little place of natural paradise.
 

Legs Akimbo

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You bloodthirsty lot. Poor Pygmy possums! It’s enough to turn me into a vegetarian (well, almost ...).
I reckon the resorts should fund a proper, alps wide, burramys survey. The little buggers pop up in inconvenient places for ski runs because that is where people look. They don't (AFAIK) look for them anywhere else. If an alps wide survey reveals that populations are scattered hither and yon across the high country the resorts may get a bit more leniency with developments. And it would be nice to know that there are lots of the little cuties around.
 
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