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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.

Deep winter* Bird & Platypus survey.

For: experienced and novice birders and platypus observers. This is for the hardy amongst us – it will be cold – it’s close to winter solstice! What birds are about? Can we spot the elusive platypus? 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 16/06/21   **BOOKED OUT. Wait-list being accepted.**

**01/06/21 update: date subject to change pending Parks Victoria advice that Victoria’s current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions allow volunteering to resume, and any impacts on other program priorities at the time.**

Led by: Ron, 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 Store or 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.

For further details and to register, click HERE (you will be redirected to our registration page on Eventbrite). Registrations close 24 hours prior to this event.

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

***** Event Postponed *****

Sorry folks but the Members Day has had to be postponed. There is some minor storm damage to the Depot Shed and it is without power at present.  Additionally, we do not know what COVID restrictions will still be in place for the weekend.

New Date : TBA

Members Day – 19th June 2021, 10:00am.

Join us at the Depot Shed, Shield Road, Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve.
Morning tea provided and a special guest speaker. Refer to the flyer opposite for more details.

RSVP essential by the 17th June. Contact Sue at: [email protected] or call 0427 055 071. 

Deep winter* Flora & Fungi 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. Sue would love to show you how.

Date: Tuesday 06/07/21  

**01/06/21 update: date subject to change pending Parks Victoria advice that Victoria’s current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions allow volunteering to resume, and any impacts on other program priorities at the time.**

Led by: Eliza 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.

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.

This is an easy paced walk of up to 5 km (depending on what we see on the day). We’ll be on rough bush tracks with some inclines and rocky sections.

Registrations currently CLOSED.

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

Deep winter* Bird & Platypus survey.

For: experienced and novice birders and platypus observers. An early morning, cold 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 14/07/21    

**01/06/21 update: date subject to change pending Parks Victoria advice that Victoria’s current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions allow volunteering to resume, and any impacts on other program priorities at the time.**

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

Deep winter* Flora & Fungi survey

For: experienced and novice nature enthusiasts.  Celebrate with us. Let’s spend some time in the Reserve together, in a season where the wildflowers are awakening and there’s an explosion of fungi varieties and colour.

Date: Tuesday 27/07/21    

**01/06/21 update: date subject to change pending Parks Victoria advice that Victoria’s current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions allow volunteering to resume, and any impacts on other program priorities at the time.**

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

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