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Turtles on the Move: Join a one-day research team

Posted in Research, Seeking by earthwatch on March 5th, 2012

Are Melbourne’s freshwater turtles at risk?
Join a one day research team and help answer this vital question!

Why are you needed? Very little is known about Melbourne’s fresh water turtles, and particularly the impact that this growing city is having on their health. As one of the top predators in the food chain, a healthy turtle population points to a healthy ecosystem, and globally, freshwater turtles are in decline.
What you will be dong With special waterproof clothing, you’ll wade through the city’s freshwater lakes and creeks to capture turtles, assess their health and review the condition of their habitat. Help scientists and governments answer this pivotal question: ‘how is urbanisation impacting the survival of Melbourne’s native turtles?
Details: This expedition is open to over 18’s only with total cost being $69 which covers lunch and transport from Melbourne University. All funds will also go back into this vital research.
How to Book: Call Earthwatch on 03 9682 6828 or email

Dates: Monday 19th, 21st or 23rd March 2012

Time: 7am-6pm

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Turtles on the Move

Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard

Posted in Events by samgreen on October 26th, 2011

9 November , 2011
12:30 pmto1:30 pm

Endangered: Regent Honeyeater.  Photo by marj k via flickr CC

How we garden makes a big difference to the health of our local environment – water conservation, growing our own chemical free food and creating wildlife habitat all help keep our environment healthy.

In this session you will learn how you and your community can create food, water, shelter and nesting sites for birds, bees, frogs, butterflies and other wildlife in your garden and local neighbourhood.

Date: Wednesday 9 November 2011, 12.30-1.30pm
Location: Reception Room, Maribyrnong Council Offices, cnr Hyde & Napier Sts Footscray

To register please visit or contact Council’s Sustainability Officer on 03 9688 0357 for more information.

The 14th Mullum Mullum Festival

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 7th, 2011

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18 September , 2011

The 14th Mullum Mullum Festival 10 -11 September and 17 -18 September

Starting off with a bike ride on Saturday 10 September, the festival will be officially opened on Sunday 11th September by Luke Chamberlain, Victorian Forest Campaigner for The Wilderness Society, at Yarran Dheran Reserve, North Mitcham.

The opening day will provide a variety of events from the local Aboriginal community and other performers as well as a BBQ supplied by the Healesville Aboriginal Arts coop. There will be organic cordial from the Good Brew Cart and walks and talks for both adults and children.

The Festival will continue on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September at a variety of sites in the Mullum Mullum Valley, and will include environmental, sustainability and climate change walks and talks and presentations at Currawong Bush Park, Warrandyte.

The program can be found at

For hard copies of the program – contact or 9719 7661 or download and print from here

A Wildlife Experience in St Kilda

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on July 22nd, 2011

30 July , 2011
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

A Wildlife Experience in St Kilda (for parents and kids) on Saturday 30 July

Aimed at kids, together with their parents, this workshop is designed to stimulate interest in native animals and birds. It also provides kids and their parents with a project that they can tackle together at home i.e. constructing a nesting box and then attracting owls, birds, etc. to their home, school or neighbourhood. Gio, a local 14 year old boy, is a keen naturalist and has built and deployed nesting boxes all over St Kilda and even as far afield as Phillip Island (where the hospital there has attracted a barn owl into one of his boxes). Marian is a PhD student specializing in a local bird, the tawny frogmouth.

2.30 pm : Gio, (14), will teach parents and their kids how to make a nesting box to attract birds and animals.

3.30 pm: Marian Weaving will explain how to do wildlife surveys.

4.30 pm: A walk around the St Kilda Botanic Gardens with Gio & Marian to observe wildlife and to illustrate the best way to conduct a wildlife survey.

Date: Saturday 30 July; Cost: $20 per family

Bookings essential – phone 9534 0670.

For more information, contact Bede Doherty (GM at Port Phillip EcoCentre)