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Get involved in the fight against habitat loss. Contribute to our shared understanding of Yellingbo Nature Conservation Area. Our citizen science mornings are timed for, and reflect on, the six seasons of the Middle Yarra Timelines calendar of the Wurrundjeri. Our Seeds & Weeds Days prioritise the current needs of our nursery and the Reserve. All events are about connecting with like-minded people, and sharing.

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.

 

COVID-19 and Influenza, cold or flu requirements. To join in on the fun you’ll need to be prepared to follow current health directions, as well as guidelines on hygiene and social distancing. Requirements remain, particularly in relation to isolation & close-contacts. To help keep our volunteers and staff well, we encourage all participants at our events to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We ask, please stay home if you are at all unwell, or showing symptoms of colds and flu eg sore throat, runny nose, cough, fever etc. 

All on-ground events at Yellingbo Nature Conservation Area are subject to change.

Details about our COVID-19 and Extreme Weather Cancellation Policies are at the bottom of this page.

Our event coordinators look forward to your understanding, co-operation and support as we start to re-connect. We’re excited to be inviting you to our events!

Kids & Conservation morning

Co-led by: Sue and Eliza

We’re excited to announce this new program. It aims to provide opportunities for families with pre-teen children (0-12 year olds) to build strong connections with like-minded people and the natural world. Come and enjoy an adventure in the natural environment at Yellingbo through nature play, conservation activities and sharing stories together. Events will actively include parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles/carers and older siblings. We believe everyone can help the wildlife we love, whilst enjoying the outdoors, no matter our age.

We’ll pay attention to the changes each season brings, have some fun, share in what we discover and contribute to conserving the natural world. Children, adults and the wildlife will enjoy and benefit from it well into the future.

Our Kids & Conservation mornings are based at what we call ‘the depot’. It has toilets and a large, yet basic, indoor space, but we’ll be spending our time outdoors! Dress for the weather.

For further details and to register, click on the date link below (you will be redirected to our registration page on Eventbrite).
These events are capped at 25 people, however where a family group takes us over that maximum we will open up more places. Bookings essential. Registrations close 24 hours prior to an event.

At the session close (12 noon), you are welcome to stay on for a while for BYO lunch. We’ll provide tea/coffee/cold drink/seasonal fruit.

See above for current COVID-19 requirements of all participants.

*1 of 6 seasons in the Middle Yarra Timelines Calendar of the Wurundjeri

Seeds & Weeds Day

Event co-ordinator: Rich

No experience is required. Work and learn alongside the regular group members. Tasks vary, according to the season and the priorities for our nursery and in the Reserve. Seed collection is currently a core activity, with opportunistic weeding along the way. Rich will provide information about what to expect on the day, where to meet and what to bring.

To be put in touch with Rich for further details, please email Sue: friendsvolunteer1989@gmail.com

Upcoming dates:

  • Sunday 9/10/22  |  9.15am – 4.00pm
  • Sunday 13/11/22  |  9.15am – 4.00pm
  • Sunday 11/12/22  |  9.15am – 4.00pm
  • keep watching for future dates… an earlier finish time can be arranged with Rich. Please just let him know so he can best plan the day. Most people stay on for a BYO late lunch around 2pm and then resume in the afternoon.

NB. Face masks are required as we may need to car-pool 4WDs.

 

Youth events at Yellingbo

Frog survey

Led by: Amy, Youth Reference Group (YRG) convenor

“The feeling of being out, exploring and learning in the field again. Alongside the joy of knowing it’s just the beginning of a new journey of discovery at Yellingbo!” Zali

Our youth events are part social, part science, part environmental volunteering.

Youth events welcome any person aged 18+ who resonates with the event descriptions. Events focus on providing meaningful volunteer opportunities for people who may be new to the sector to build social connections and transferrable skills.

Our program of activities leaves space for evolution. Find out more about our Youth Reference Group HERE. If you are aged 18-31+, you too can contribute to the current and future plans of the YRG. You’d be warmly welcomed.

About our Frog surveys: James Frazer from Melbourne Water’s Frog Census citizen science program helped us identify 3 survey sites that we’ll come back to ourselves. This longitudinal study will see us doing a physical search for a frog only recently confirmed in YNCA, but doesn’t belong, the Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog Litoria fallax, and record acoustic frog calls for every species.

The fauna, fungi and flora data our youth events collect contributes to the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater’s iNaturalist project ‘Yellingbo and surrounds’, which in turn contributes to the Australian Living Atlas.

Before you come, download the iNaturalist app and sign-up. We’ll show you how to use it on the day.

For further details and to register, click on the date link below (you will be redirected to our registration page on Eventbrite).
Bookings essential. Registrations close 24 hours prior to an event.

  • True spring*  |  Register for Tuesday 25/10/22. Youth event – Frog Survey | 7.00 pm – 9.15 pm
  • Keep watching for future dates…

See above for current COVID-19, Influenza, cold and flu requirements of all participants.

*1 of 6 seasons in the Middle Yarra Timelines Calendar of the Wurundjeri

Citizen science morning – Bird, Platypus and Frog surveys

Co-led by: Sue, Ron and Rachel

“I enjoy the camaraderie of people who join our outings in a natural bushland environment where there is always something new to discover and learn.” Ron

You don’t need to be able to identify birds or other animals in order to participate. We use standardised survey techniques for our bird survey, a 5 km search &/or a 2-ha 20-minute search, adding our results to Birdata. We use Frog Census for frog surveys. Our regular participants can show you how to do these survey types on the day, or just enjoy the walk! Our gently paced walk will be approx 5-6 km on mostly flat, but uneven tracks. We may encounter short, uphill sections or sections on larger rock that’s a little unstable under your feet.
NB there are rarely facilities at the sites we survey (eg there are no toilets, seats etc). Our time is spent in the bush.

For further details and to register, click on the date link below (you will be redirected to our registration page on Eventbrite).
These events are capped at 12-15 people, bookings essential. Registrations close 24 hours prior to an event.

  • True spring*  |  register for Wednesday 26/10/22  |  8.00am – 12 noon
  • True spring*  |  register for Wednesday 16/11/22**  |  8.00am – 1.00pm   NB the later finish time
  • High summer*  |  register for Wednesday 14/12/22  |  8.00am – 12 noon
  • Keep watching for further dates… many of us stay on for a while for BYO everything lunch.

See above for current COVID-19 requirements of all participants.

*1 of 6 seasons in the Middle Yarra Timelines Calendar of the Wurundjeri
** We will carpool to this site. The event is not suitable for children where families don’t have an AWD (high clearance) or 4WD

Citizen science morning – Flora, Fungi & Fauna survey

Co-led by: Sue and Rachel

“I thoroughly enjoyed our day and it was great to be active in removing a small patch of Spanish Heath. I think that day had a bit of everything for me. I sure learnt a lot as well as having heaps of fun!” Noni

Do you pause to look and listen when walking in the bush? Do you tend to look down, more than up? You don’t need to be able to identify plants, fungi, frogs, reptiles or other critters in order to participate. Download the iNaturalist app before you come, and sign-up. We use Frog Census for frog surveys. Our regular volunteers will show you how to use these on the day, or just come for the walk! At times we’ll pull out some weeds, every one removed makes a difference. Our gently paced walk will be up to 5km on mostly flat, but uneven tracks.
NB there are rarely facilities at the sites we survey (eg there are no toilets, seats etc). Our time is spent in the bush.

For further details and to register, click on the date link below (you will be redirected to our registration page on Eventbrite).
These events are capped at 12-15 people, bookings essential. Registrations close 24 hours prior to an event.

  • True spring*  |  register for Thursday 27/10/22  |  9.00am – 12:30pm***
  • True spring*  |  register for Thursday 24/11/22  |  9.00am – 12:30pm***
  • High summer*  |  register for Thursday 15/12/22  |  9.00am – 1:00pm**
  • Keep watching for upcoming dates… many of us stay on for a while for BYO everything lunch.

See above for current COVID-19 requirements of all participants.

*1 of 6 seasons in the Middle Yarra Timelines Calendar of the Wurundjeri
** We will carpool to this site. The event is not suitable for children where families don’t have an AWD (high clearance) or 4WD
*** access issues makes this event site unsuitable for 0-4 year olds

Symposium webinar and Art Exhibition launch

Celebrating 50 years of Victoria’s endemic faunal emblems being proclaimed.

On 16 October 2021 we hosted our FREE Symposium webinar, where we shared the challenges and successes of threatened species conservation as it relates to our Victorian faunal emblems.

Available for you to view 24/7: re-visit whenever you’d like 🙂

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

  • Summer: Platypus surveys resume, alongside our Citizen science bird & frog surveys. Winter is the peak time for platypus sightings in SE Australia, however young emerge from the burrows in summer.
  • Apr, Aug, Oct, Nov: The peak months for frog surveys. If we miss other months, we don’t miss these!
  • April-August: Our Citizen science flora, frog & reptile surveys extend to fungi. This is peak fungi survey season.
  • June-August: Platypus surveys resume, alongside our Citizen science bird & frog surveys. Winter is the peak time for platypus sightings.
  • August-October: Platypus breed between Aug-Sept, laying 2-3 eggs around Sept-Oct.

Extreme weather cancellation policy

 

ALL Yellingbo Nature Conservation Area (YNCA) events are automatically cancelled on days of severe or extreme weather, including Total Fire Ban days, thunderstorms or expected wind GUSTS exceeding 50 kmh. Please don’t assume you will be contacted. Please CHECK the YARRA GLEN weather before leaving home. NOTE that Melbourne’s forecast is quite different. If there’s a yellow ‘View the current warnings for Victoria’ link, click on that too.
We recommend: DOWNLOAD the VicEmergency app and register.

COVID-19 restriction changes. In line with the 20/04/22 Victorian Government announcement, from 23/04/22 it will no longer be a requirement to show evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 to attend our events, however other requirements remain, particularly in relation to isolation & close-contacts. All FoHH volunteer activities are managed in alignment with the Victorian Government’s COVID Safe settings, Parks Victoria’s COVID-19 Update and the Friends COVID Safe Plan, including the need for 1.5m physical distancing and good hygiene. We ask, please stay home if you are unwell.

NB. event co-ordinators reserve the right to cancel or postpone events for reasons other than those listed above. Where possible, pre-registered participants will receive a text/ phone call/ email if we cancel an event. Note, this can occur early on the morning of the event.

Keep coming back…

 

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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