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Journal archives for August 2022

August 02, 2022

The Value and Power of Place-based Science Tue 16 August 2022 2:30–4:00 pm (online)

Citizen science can move mountains if enough people get involved. This online symposium will explore great global and local examples of powerful place-based citizen science and consider why this is the sweet spot for great science with communities.

When people are interested in studying their own locality, they are likely to do this more carefully and over long periods, because their place matters to them. If science can contribute robust methodologies and data can be FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable), results are likely to be meaningful to all. We can foster interest, understanding and stewardship of “Our Place” with good science.

This symposium invites people working with local Councils (especially BVSC), LLS, Landcare, NPWS, scientists, farmers, landholders and community members wanting to take their interest in nature and our environment to the next level. Discussion will include: What sort of projects are most successful? What is the value for NRMs (Natural Resource Managers)? Can we join up the dots by having common methodologies (e.g. Phenology) that can be replicated across the country?

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-value-and-power-of-place-based-science-tickets-390241822797

Presented by Atlas of Life and Sapphire Coast Science Hub with ACSA (Australian Citizen Science Association)

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Australian Bioblitz Symposium with ACSA - online - Fri 19 August 7:30 –9.00pm (updated with booking link)

We have been running BioBlitzes in Australia for over a decade now and it’s great to see them becoming ever more popular. Now is a good time to celebrate the unique events we have been part of and some of the amazing results we have seen. This symposium will focus on the shape of recent BioBlitzes and we will discuss what BioBlitzes can offering future – for community and for science.
Co-hosts: Libby Hepburn and Michelle Neil
Presenters: Michelle Neil & Stephen Fricker, Great Southern BioBlitz creators & leaders; Thomas Mesaglio, iNaturalist app guru; assorted Great Southern Bioblitz contributors, Casey Kirchhoff on post-bushfire bioblitzes plus contributions from the Australian BioBlitz Group
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/acsa-australian-bioblitz-symposium-tickets-390245022367

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August 04, 2022

Art Springs for Wildlife, Berry School of Arts, 29 September - 3 October

The festival Art Springs for Wildlife will be held at Berry School of Arts 29 September to 3 October. It was inspired by and organised by Julie Cunningham, local artist. She was so impressed, as many of us were, by the work of Wildlife Rescue South Coast after the 2019/2020 bushfires that she decided to put action behind her appreciation. She organised this festival of art, music, poetry, workshops for kids as well, wildlife talks and much more only to have to postpone it twice due to pandemic restrictions but Julie has maintained her passion to help support Wildlife Rescue South Coast. https://www.artspringsforwildlife.org/ Julie has created a funky website for you to explore the many offerings. Book in now for workshops. All profits from the exhibition and events go to Wildlife Rescue South Coast.

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Drones for Mapping Ecosystems, watch now!

This once-only free webinar, Dr Karen Joyce (Technical Lead of GeoNadir) shows you how to use drones to map your local ecosystems.
As you already know, our precious ecosystems are under threat. Fortunately, technology is advancing to the point where citizen scientists like us can contribute to real solutions.
One of those solutions involves using drones to capture imagery of our local ecosystems.
Through the use of drones and the associated technology, we can contribute to solving the challenging global problems we are all facing.
Learn how here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXY9kqHEUCI

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Sapphire Coast Science Festival (National Science Week) 13-20 August

https://atlasoflife.org.au/2022-national-science-week for details of the following sessions
Saturday 13 Walawaani Muriyira-waraga whale festival LAUNCH Bermagui 10am-3.30pm
Sunday 14 Merimbula estuary ramble at Spencer Park, Merimbula 2.30-4.00pm
Tuesday 16 The Value and Power of Place-based Science (Online) 2.30-4.00pm
Tuesday 16 Build it and help them come - Marine life on Man made structures - Tulips, Stars, Sponges & Squirts (Online) 5pm
Thursday 18 The tawny frogmouth encounter Tathra 11am
Thursday 18 Science in the pub Tathra Hotel 6pm
Friday 19 Australian BioBlitz symposium (Online) 7:30-9pm
Saturday 20 Potoroo Palace Native Animal Sanctuary, night tour, hors d'oevres & dinner ($60pp) 5-8pm

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August 06, 2022

Bushfire Resilience Shoalhaven Tour on 16 or 18 August 9.00am-3.30pm Free, lunch included, booking essential

Join OceanWatch in a journey of discovery of the Shoalhaven Catchment and coastal areas through the lens of bushfire recovery and resilience, on this FREE tour. The tour will run two times: 16 and 18 August 2022 - pick the date that most suits you when booking your ticket! Lunch will be provided. Booking link below.
You will learn about:
* an introduction to bushfire management from Rural Fire Services (RFS) experts
* cultural aspects of bushfire resilience by the Jerrinja Tribal Owners
* local environmental recovery projects by Shoalhaven Riverwatch
* the impacts of bushfires to waterways and the ecology of the estuary
* local oyster farming and the impacts of bushfires to this industry.
WHAT: Bushfire resilience tour. Locations visited include Nowra Fire Control Centre, Seven Mile Beach and Greenwell Point. Lunch will be provided, at The Heads Hotel.
WHERE: The meeting point is at the Nowra Fire Control Centre, 92 Albatross Rd, South Nowra NSW 2541.
WHEN: 16 or 18 August 2022. Pick the date that suits you best! The tour content will be the same on each day. 09:00-15:30.
WHO: Anyone is welcome. Please contact us if you have any accessibility requirements and we will do our best to assist you.
WHAT TO BRING: Protective clothes against the weather, your water bottle.
HOW MUCH: $0! The opportunity of a free tour doesn't present itself often so make sure to secure your spot.
BOOK: https://events.humanitix.com/bushfire-resilience-shoalhaven-free-tour?fbclid=IwAR0d3PUFzebfiO2RacYG-YY8OZFKvdjp9DnC0RsjzinNuTtVO2Tt9_6TXys

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August 09, 2022

Call-out to teachers to prepare for National School BioBlitz in Sept - free workshop on Thu 11 August 3.45-4.45pm

ACSA (citizenscience.org.au) has partnered with Planting Seeds (www.ps.org.au) and are pleased to announce their free workshop this week for primary and high school teachers who would like to learn how their school can participate in the inaugural B&B National School's BioBlitz (ps.org.au/bioblitz-2022) in September.

The B&B BioBlitz citizen science project in September aims to help threatened pollinator and plant species, and supports STEM outcomes. The workshop is this coming Thursday 11 August, 3.45pm - 4.45pm.
Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeWUeG-RGbXOglYszu6t_hBYNUIxScOXZnoVVlgLEJh7qmx2g/viewform (Recorded workshop available on registration.)

Teachers (primary and high school) are invited to learn about:

  • How schools can participate in the inaugural National Schools B&B BioBlitz in September
  • Citizen science, which enables students to take photographs and contribute their observations to Australian and international biodiversity databases
  • How student citizen science data can help threatened plant and pollinator species
  • How citizen science links to State curriculums and develops STEM skills

The national BioBlitz will involve a lunch-time or recess investigative activity in school grounds in the first week of September – National Biodiversity Month. Students will contribute important data and observations on threatened and local species to iNaturalist and the Atlas of Living Australia.

The workshop will provide numerous links to curriculum plus Dept of Education developed resources. Participants will have opportunities for further research into local plant and animal species.

By participating in the BioBlitz, schools will have the chance to win Optus Smart devices.

The B&B BioBlitz is coordinated by PlantingSeeds Projects and supported by NSW Dept of Education, Australian Citizen Science Association and CSIRO’s Atlas of Living Australia.

Register for the BioBlitz as above or email info@ps.org.au
More information at: www.ps.org.au

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August 11, 2022

South East Environment Winter 2022 newsletter announces new webinar series and so much more

Latest DPE South East Environment newsletter is jam packed with links to events and stories including NextGen Landcare Youth Forum, Recovering Paradise: online film screening, Right Fire Wrong Fire podcast, Forest and farmlands: building post-fire biodiversity seminar (go to newsletter link below for more details), as well a new webinar series celebrating our unique South East Environments. September is Biodiversity Month and the conservation work of the South East region is highlighted by these weekly lunchtime online science sessions.

What is the Biodiversity Conservation Trust and how do they work in the South East? Wednesday 24 August 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Discover what the Biodiversity Conservation Trust does to conserve private land in South East NSW. This presentation will give an overview of the Trust’s current programs including the work to protect koala habitat as well as the work being done in partnership with Landcare.

Guardians of the Green and Golden Bell Frogs Thursday 1 September 12:00 - 1:00 PM
A little over 10 years ago, Green and Golden Bell Frogs were recorded in the thousands around Nowra across the Crookhaven floodplain. Data over the last nine years has shown the numbers and distribution of frogs in this population have crashed. Local Nowra residents and enthusiastic Citizen Scientists are being called in to help save the population. Find out how you can help.

Saving the Scarlet Robin Wednesday 7 September 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Learn about The Save Our Scarlet Robin Project and its sucess in engaging landholders to protect native vegetation and undertake revegetation to specifically support woodland birds, including the Scarlet Robin.

The Tallaganda Forest Recovery Story Wednesday 14 September 12:00 - 1:00 PM
In November 2019 Tallaganda Forest close to Queanbeyan was heavily burnt by bushfires. There were grave concerns that the Greater Glider and Spotted Tail Quoll population was badly affected. Join this webinar to discover the hopeful story about the recovery of the forest two years on.

The Story of 3 Eucalypts Wednesday 21 September 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Senior Ecologist Gen Wright tells us the story of 3 threatened eucalypt species from the South East and the different methods being used to research them.

Nadgee Nature Reserve bounces back after bushfires Wednesday 28 September 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Nadgee Nature Reserve is a rare example of a coastal wilderness area in NSW.
Learn about the post-fire recovery of threatened species including the Ground Parrot and Eastern Bristle Bird in this unique Reserve bursting with cultural and biodiversity values.

Newsletter link: https://mailchi.mp/environment/south-east-environment-autumn-15727899?e=c726dfc76a

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August 12, 2022

Crookhaven Green and Golden Bell Frogs update, are you interested in being part of CSP?

Message from Lucy Loft, Community Engagement Officer, Biodiversity and Conservation, Department of Planning and Environment

"I met with some of you earlier in the year to hear your ideas and feedback in regards to setting up a Citizen Science Project (CSP) for the Crookhaven Green and Golden Bell Frogs. Please see below an update on this project. With the launch scheduled in September 2022, I would love to hear your thoughts on how we can further partner to promote this important local project.

  • Jerrinja Wandi Wandian women and artist, Rebecca Williams designed a logo for the CSP - ‘Guardians of the Green and Golden Bell frog’
  • Due to a reduction in funding, Enhua Lee who manages the statewide GGBF Saving our Species Project has had to reduce monitoring of Crookhaven GGBFs from annual to once every three years. As a result, citizen scientists will be vital to monitoring this population and assisting in conservation efforts.
  • We are in the process of finalising a brochure and website for the Guardians of GGBF (GGGBF) project that will assist people in finding out more about the project and how to join using the FrogID App. The logo will feature on both providing an Aboriginal perspective on the Crookhaven GGBF and its importance to the traditional custodians. The logo also features as an icon for the Guardians of the Green and Golden Bell Frog group on the FrogID App which you can join (and start recording) if you are a registered user of the free app – FrogID.
  • We will be launching the project in September (in time for the start of the GGBF season) through various avenues including a media release, webinar and hopefully a face-to-face event at Worrigee Nature Reserve.
  • We could set up a Bushcare/Landcare session to show volunteers working in/around the Crookhaven Floodplain how to register for the GGGBF and use FrogID.
    *It would be great to get some local frog enthusiasts involved to champion this project, if you know of anyone please get in touch." Lucy

Community Engagement Officer
Biodiversity and Conservation | Department of Planning and Environment

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Bird Haven Festival Shoalhaven 15-22 October Book now

Birdlife Shoalhaven is thrilled the Bird Haven Festival will be back again with three events in three venues to coincide with the Aussie Backyard Bird Count. Hundreds of people will come together to celebrate birds and learn more about their behaviour, habitat and conservation.

http://www.birdlifeshoalhaven.org/upcoming.html to register for the following events:

October 15 - Birds for Beginners - Weird and Wonderful Life of Birds - Ulladulla Civic Centre 2-4pm (free)
October 19 - Guided Bird Walks - Jervis Bay Maritime Museum 3-6pm (free)
October 22 - Bird Haven Festival Conference - Shoalhaven Heads Bowling Club 10.30am-5.30pm ($$)

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