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Attendees welcomed to our events in 2024 ... and counting on you 🙂

Hours contributed to conservation at Yellingbo in 2024. Will you join us?

Events

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 Yellingbo Nature Conservation Area. 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.

 

 

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

See below for current COVID-19 requirements of all participants, and our cancellation policy in the event of severe weather.

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

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 Yellingbo Nature Conservation Area. Seed collection is currently a core activity, with opportunistic weeding along the way.

For further details about what to expect on the day, where to meet and what to bring, please email Rich.

Upcoming dates:

  • Sunday 16/06/24  |  9.15am – 4.00pm
  • Sunday 14/07/24  |  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. We encourage all volunteers to be fully vaccinated and stay home if unwell. Please bring a face mask (we may need to car-pool 4WDs) and hand sanitiser.

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 fauna in order to participate. All eyes and ears contribute! We use Birdata for our bird surveys, Frog ID for frog surveys and iNaturalist for other species. FeralSCAN is used to record invasive species. Learn or share identification skills whilst enjoying a walk with good company!

In 2024, we will alternate our survey sites between three different habitat types within Yellingbo Nature Conservation Area. 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).

Events are capped at 12 people, bookings essential. Registrations close 24 hours prior to an event.

  • Deep winter*  |  Register for Friday 21/06/24  |  9.00am – 1.00pm. FULLY BOOKED
  • Deep winter*  |  Register for Wednesday 17/07/24  |  9.00am – 1.00pm. FULLY BOOKED
  • Early spring*  |  Register for Friday 23/08/24  |  9.00am – 1.00pm. FULLY BOOKED
  • Early spring*  |  Register for Wednesday 11/09/24  |  8.00am – 12.30pm

UPCOMING DATES – Keep watching for registration details

  • True spring*  |  Friday 18/10/24  |  8.00am – 12.30pm
  • True spring*  |  Wednesday 20/11/24  |  8.00am – 12.30pm
  • High summer*  |  Friday 20/12/24  |  8.00am – 12.30pm

See below for current COVID-19 requirements of all participants, and our cancellation policy in the event of severe weather.

Reporting back – what are we seeing? The bird species we’ve recorded, and in which season/s, are listed below. The frog species we’ve recorded are listed HERE.

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

Citizen science morning – Flora, Fauna & Fungi survey

Co-led by: Sue, Rachel and Bruce

“I think that day had a bit of everything for me. I sure learnt a lot as well as having heaps of fun!” Noni

Learn about about plants, insects and fungi, or share your knowledge with others. If you can take a photo on your phone, you can contribute! Download the iNaturalist app before you come, and sign-up. With a few simple tips, we’ll have you identifying species in no time.

In 2024, we’ll return each month to a largely undisturbed 20 hectare site of remnant bush within Yellingbo Nature Conservation Area, recording the seasonal changes.

Our gently paced walk will be up to 5km on mostly flat, but uneven ground.
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).

Events are capped at 12 people, bookings essential. Registrations close 24 hours prior to an event.

UPCOMING DATES – Keep watching for registration details

  • Early spring*  |  Wednesday 12/09/24^  |  9.30am – 1.30pm. Invitation ONLY event.
  • True spring*  |  Wednesday 09/10/24^  |  9.30am – 1.30pm
  • True spring*  |  Wednesday 16/10/24^  |  9.30am – 1.30pm. Invitation ONLY event.
  • True spring*  |  Wednesday 23/10/24^  |  9.30am – 1.30pm
  • True spring*  |  Wednesday 27/11/24^  |  9.30am – 1.30pm
  • High summer*  |  Wednesday 11/12/24^  |  8.30am – 12.30pm

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

Reporting back – what are we seeing? The species we’ve recorded are listed HERE. Can you help verify some of our IDs with your iNaturalist log-in?

* 1 of 6 seasons in the Middle Yarra Timelines Calendar of the Wurundjeri
^ Access issues makes this site unsuitable for children aged 0-4 years.

Youth events 

Youth Reference Group (YRG) convenor: Amy

“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. We welcome any person aged 18-31. Events focus on providing meaningful volunteer opportunities for people who may be new to the sector, or curious about what it involves, to build social connections and transferrable skills.

Learn from experienced FoHH members, and each other, as we contribute to:

  1. current conservation priorities within Yellingbo Nature Conservation Area
  2. a longitudinal study on a frog only recently confirmed in YNCA, but doesn’t belong, the Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog Litoria fallax.

For further details and to register, click on the date link below (you will be redirected to our registration page on Eventbrite).

Places are limited, bookings essential. Registrations close 24 hours prior to an event.
  • JUNE/JULY – A weekend date TBC. Keep watching for registration details. 

A Fungi Survey with the Citizen Science Flora, Bird & Frog survey participants. More than 80% of Australia’s native terrestrial plants have a mycorrhizal (symbiotic) relationship with one or more species of fungus. Fungi are critical to healthy ecosystems, yet they are often overlooked. Join us as we search for, learn about and record the fungi species within YNCA.

  • AUGUST – Sunday 18th
  • OCTOBER – Friday 11th
  • NOVEMBER – Friday 8th (during FrogID Week 2024)

Twilight Frog Surveys. Contribute to this long-term survey, recording the frog species heard after dusk in YNCA. NB, twilight surveys are invitation ONLY events. Due to the sensitive nature of the conservation area, this is an invitation ONLY event – for regular participants in our Youth Reference Group events.

  • SEPTEMBER – Thursday 12th. Hold the date! Keep watching for registration details. 

An Orchid Survey with the Citizen Science Flora Survey team. Sept-Oct are peak months for orchids in our area. Contribute to a 12-month flora survey aimed at capturing what’s present in a 20 hectare patch of YNCA across the seasons. Our focus today will be on orchids!

  • OCTOBER – A weekend date TBC. Keep watching for registration details. 

Successful habitat restoration is often dependent on good introduced/pest species management. Learn about how we prioritise their management, who we partner, the techniques we use, and help us get rid of some invasive plant species that threaten our habitat restoration works! We’ll also look for the signs of pest species such as feral deer, and learn how anyone, anywhere, can help record their presence.

  • Keep watching for upcoming dates…

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.

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

Twilight events

Led by: Amy (YRG convenor) and Sue (CSP volunteer)
NB. Due to the sensitive nature of the conservation area, these are invitation ONLY events – for regular participants in our Citizen Science & Youth Reference Group events

Some species are most active after dark. With a torch and a sense of adventure, we’ll learn how to look for, and record, nocturnal species. We welcome families with children aged 5 years or older.

Our events are purposeful. With no prior experience required, you’ll be contributing important information to what’s known about the Conservation Area.

Join in our Twilight citizen science events. Our three objectives are to:

  1. learn from each other about the species we may expect to hear and see in Yellingbo at night
  2. use best practices for observing fauna species at night to limit our disturbance on them, whilst gaining knowledge and skills that you can use elsewhere, or perhaps even help us teach others in future events
  3. record the nocturnal fauna species present in Yellingbo NCA.

Download the iNaturalist app before you come, and sign-up. With a few simple tips, we’ll have you identifying species in no time.

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.

  • Sunday 18th August. Invitation ONLY event
  • Friday 11th October. Invitation ONLY event.

Youth Frog Survey (led by Amy) and Twilight Walk – night sights and sounds (led by Sue).

  • A date in November TBC. Invitation ONLY event.

Youth Frog Survey (led by Amy).

2025 DATES – Keep watching for details. Dates coinciding with peak months for frogs calling, and good weather conditions. 

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

* 1 of 6 seasons in the Middle Yarra Timelines Calendar of the Wurundjeri
** this event is 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 | COVID-19 requirements 

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, cold or flu requirements. To join in on the fun you’ll need to be prepared to follow current health advice, as well as guidelines on hygiene and social distancing. To help keep our volunteers, community 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 COVID, colds and flu eg sore throat, runny nose, cough, fever etc. These requirements are relevant to everyone – volunteers, staff and visitors alike. For details about our policies, head HERE.

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 current health advice. We thank you for your support. Keep watching.

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