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Get involved in the fight against habitat loss. Contribute to our shared understanding of Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve.

Come to one or more of our current and upcoming events and be part of the solution.

To get early-bird news, from as little as $10 you may like to sign up as a Friends member HERE and tick the ‘I’d like to be advised about volunteering opportunities‘ box.

The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater’s
‘Next Generation of Conservationists Program, 2021’ 

NOW CLOSED. Expressions of Interest

In less than 4 days, we received 67 EOI for 20 available places. There is clearly a need.

All applicants will be advised if we can or can’t offer them a place soon after the Vic Govt announce the next stage of COVID-19 restrictions, expected on or just before 10/08/21. 

The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater (FoHH) are offering this free program to twenty tertiary students who care equally about threatened species conservation, and the positive contribution environmental volunteers make to a healthy environment for all. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted heavily on the opportunity for students who are nearing completion of their courses, or who have recently graduated, to gain critical on-ground experience. The Program aims to assist participants to develop knowledge, skills, confidence and networks that will enhance their own in class and online learning, whilst supporting positive change in the broader goals of the FoHH’s programs.

Acknowledgements
The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater are grateful for receiving support to facilitate this Program from The Victorian Government through the Volunteering Innovation Fund.

Deep winter* Flora, Fungi & Frog survey

“My life is so fast paced, I really need more of this. Slowing down and really noticing what’s in the bush is so good for me.”  – Kellie.

For: experienced and novice nature enthusiasts. Do you pause to look and listen when walking in the bush? Whether you’re an experienced or novice nature enthusiast, this event is for you. Let’s spend some time in the Reserve together, in a season where the Banksia’s are putting on a show and there’s an explosion of fungi varieties and colour, reminding us of the vital role they play in the ecosystem as recyclers and beneficial relationships with other species eg orchids and humans! To those who think they know almost nothing and can’t help, we know you can. We’ve got a willing team of people who would love to show you how.

Rescheduled date: TBA  In line with current Victorian State Government advice, COVID-19 lockdowns are in place. The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater fully support this health initiative. All volunteering activities are on hold until at least midnight Tuesday 27 July. You can read about the current COVID Safe settings HERE

Led by: Eliza, Rachel and Sue
Arrive: 8.30am, for an 8.45am start
Finish: 12 noon, or stay on for BYO everything lunch/tea/coffee/chair
Maximum number: 12 people
Note:
there are no facilities at this site, so please BYO everything you need for a bush experience. Think COVID Safe and rubbish free.

Explore | Learn | Share: Our mission? With no experience or knowledge needed, and a few minutes to learn, we’ll use our own phone/camera/iPad and the iNaturalist app to record what grabs our attention, automatically adding these observations to our iNaturalist Project: ‘Yellingbo and surrounds‘. Magic!! The only rule? It is, or was, living – plants, animals, fungi, mosses etc. Why? Being out in the natural world is pure joy, but more than that, we’re getting the assistance of a world full of scientists and naturalists to help us identify and visually record what’s calling Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve home. We’ll do a sound recording for our frog survey, and who knows, we might record some bird too!

Download the iNaturalist app on App Store or Google Play before you come, and make sure you sign-up, and we’ll show you how to use it on the day.

There’s a small patch of Blackberry and Spanish Heath that we’ll get rid of before it becomes a big weed infestation. At times we see cans/bottles/plastic lying around, thrown from road users nearby, so we’ll collect this too. Litter in the water is a major cause of platypus deaths.

This is an easy paced walk of up to 5 km (depending on what we see on the day). We’ll be on a section of Reserve without tracks, so we’ll tread lightly.

Registration is essential for all survey events.

Keep watching for the rescheduled date, including how to register.

*1 of 6 seasons in the Middle Yarra Timelines Calendar of the local aboriginal peoples, the Wurundjeri

Early spring* Flora & Frog survey

For: experienced and novice nature enthusiasts.  It’s National Wattle Day, the first day of spring in the 12 month Gregorian calendar, whereas it’s mid early spring in the 6 seasons of the Middle Yarra Timelines Calendar of the local aboriginal peoples, the Wurundjeri. Celebrate with us. Let’s spend some time in the Reserve together, in a season where the wattle and wildflowers are awakening with an explosion of yellow, all to the backdrop of a chorus of frogs calling.

Date: Wednesday 01/09/21

Join us for a morning of citizen science surveying: where we’ll record and learn about the different plants and animals we see to help us understand Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve’s ecosystem better (no experience necessary!). Followed by BYO lunch.

Citizen science is a way for everyday people like you and me to get closer to nature. It involves recording the plants and animals you encounter in an area. This information is then used by scientists to understand where species live, when they’re active, and any changes happening in the local environment. Anyone can be a citizen scientist!

Keep watching for event details, including how to register.

Registration is essential for all survey events.

*1 of 6 seasons in the Middle Yarra Timelines Calendar of the local aboriginal peoples, the Wurundjeri

Early spring* Bird, Platypus & Frog survey

“I am so grateful we got our incredible walk in – it was fantastic to see the platypus, Swamp Wallaby, not to mention all the wonderful bird life. Thanks again and hopefully we can do it again soon!” Silvana

For: experienced and novice birders and platypus observers. An early morning, cool start is what you’ll expect for this survey. Bring your gloves and your enthusiasm as we spend some time in the Reserve together, seeing what wildlife we can see in, and alongside, the creek 🙂

Date: Wednesday 15/09/21  **Event subject to review if COVID Safe Setting restrictions change**

Led by: Rachel and Sue
Arrive: 8.30am, for an 8.45am start
Finish: by 12 noon, or stay on for BYO everything lunch/tea/coffee/chair
Maximum number: 12 people
Note:
there are no facilities at this site, so please BYO everything you need for a bush experience. Think COVID Safe and rubbish free.

We’ll visit 3 sites to survey for platypus (no guarantees we’ll see one). Platypus sightings in south-eastern Australia are at their highest June-August as both males and females have to work long hours to find enough food to make energetic ends meet. On top of this, adult males become more active as they check out prospective mates and try to dominate and drive away other males in preparation for breeding.

As we walk to our platypus survey sites, we will be doing a bird survey. I’m guessing we’ll hear frogs as well, so we’ll pause to record these. Multi-tasking! We’ll be using two standardised survey techniques for our bird survey, a 5 km search and a 3.2 ha, 20-minute search. These types of survey are recognised as providing valuable data that can be used to estimate population trends of species. If you haven’t done bird surveys like this before, we will show you how.

Other species that catch our eye – flowering plants, insects etc – will be added to our iNaturalist project ‘Yellingbo and surrounds‘. If you know how to use your own smart phone, you can easily help with this. Download the app on App Storeor Google Play before you come, and sign-up. Our regular participants will show you how to use the app on the day.

This morning is all about learning from each other, with a focus on enjoying being out in the bush together. No experience is needed, just a willingness to participate.

Registration is essential for all survey events.

Keep watching for how to register.

*1 of 6 seasons in the Middle Yarra Timelines Calendar of the local aboriginal peoples, the Wurundjeri

On our radar.

 

Keep watching for details, or take advantage of the early-bird notice Members receive, from just $10 p/a. Members are our life-blood. You can join up HERE

  • May-August: Our Flora & Frog surveys extend to Fungi. This is peak Fungi survey season
  • June-August: Platypus surveys resume, alongside our Bird & Frog surveys. Winter is the peak time for Platypus sightings
  • Apr, Aug, Oct, Nov: The peak time for Frog surveys. If we miss other months, we don’t miss these!
  • 04/09/21: Presentation on Leadbeater’s Possum at Harewood House, Kooweerup where a rewilding initiative is underway
  • 16/10/21: Symposium at Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey, with keynote speaker Dr Dan Harley from Zoos Victoria giving a presentation on the HeHo & LBP, followed by a Q&A panel discussion, then Art Exhibition opening by the Hon James Merlino, Acting Premier. The exhibition will end on November 13. Children’s events during the exhibition, with a National Bird Week activity focus.

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New events are routinely added, and all events can be subject to change due to extreme weather events or changes in COVID-19 restrictions. We thank you for your support. Keep watching.

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