Seaweed field trip led by Dr Alan Millar

Dr Alan Millar, photo: Andrew Meares, SMH

Join Dr Alan Millar Chief Phycologist of  the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney on a field trip to study our local seaweeds.

Dr Millar will be one of our presenters at the Celebration of Science Forum in December.

While he is with us, he has offered to lead a visit to one of our shorelines (location to be decided soon), so that you can explore and learn more about our rich and varied macroalgae. This is a rare opportunity to spend time with an expert on what might be found along this coastline.

The field trip will be Saturday 15th December, pm details to be confirmed shortly.

If you are interested in this rare opportunity, please contact us to register your interest as places are limited to 15.

Sorting seaweeds

 

 

Little & Fairy Terns are back…

Little Tern

 

The Little & Fairy Terns are back to breed at Mogareka on the sandy spit between the ocean and estuary.There are 50- 60 birds wheeling and chattering and choosing a sandy scrape to lay eggs . Some males have tiny fish which they present to their mate as they decide on the best location. They are very vulnerable to dangerously high tides ,predators and human beings & still they choose to come here each year.

There is a group of volunteers under the guidance of NSWPS and the help of the BVSC rangers ,who are part of Sharing the Shoreline program. If anyone wishes to know more ,please contact  us [ ALCW ] or the above.

The bird in the photo is a Fairy Tern. The Little Tern has the black marking going through the eye to its beak.

Merimbula Lake Study

Do you love Merimbula Lake and would you like to learn more about it?

Dr Vic Semeniuk from Western Australia will be leading a workshop to talk about how an in depth study of Merimbula Lake could be undertaken with input from the community. He will talk about other such studies he has undertaken in Western Australia.

Thursday 29th November at the Diver’s Lodge (15 Park Street, Merimbula) 5:30 – 7:30pm. Everyone welcome, nibbles provided.

For further details talk to Sam Nerrie: 02 6495 4617 Mobile: 0428 111 927

For a detailed look at a similar study see: http://www.water.wa.gov.au/PublicationStore/first/76604.pdf

Soldier crab - one of Vic's special interests

Atlas inaugural Science Forum December 13 & 14

 

Attaching a transmitter collar to a dingo in Nadgee NR 1974

Look left and click on the Forum 2012 button to get all the details. Our first science forum is now organised and well underway. You can see detailed background information about all our stellar presenters,  and there is a downloadable Brochure and Registration form.

The two days of the forum  are crammed with fascinating presentations and there will be two plenary sessions where you can join with the scientist to discuss the value of long term research projects and how modern technologies can help  community naturalists make valid observations.

We are having our Celebration Dinner on Friday 14th in Merimbula . This is very close to Christmas, so why not get a group together and have your celebration with us?

Our after dinner speaker is the well known and much respected Professor Harry Recher.

Field trips are being organised for the week-end, with seaweed on saturday and Heath and Moorland visits still in the planning stage – details to be announced shortly. Do let us know if you are interested.

 

Lion’ s Mane Jellyfish

From little things ..big things grow….On a recent discovery walk at Spencer Park  we saw a Lion’s mane jellyfish floating in very shallow water .
They are reputedly the largest jellyfish in our oceans& can grow to 2-3m across with tentacles that may stretch for 30m in length [our specimen was only about 12cms in diameter   !!] They start life as a small larva feeding on plankton in cold ocean waters.The jellyfish uses its tentacles spread out as a net to capture food in its poisonous stingers.
The venom stuns its victims and smaller tentacles guide food into the jellyfish’s mouth .
The stingers stay venomous for a few days after being detached from the body .

Lion's Mane Jellyfish

Free Atlas measuring stick

Make your photo recordings more valuable. Use one of our measuring sticks when you photograph your finds. Waterproof and easy to use. Shows the size of your find – plant, animal or mollusc….. so when you log your sighting on the Atlas of Life, it will add another important bit of data to your record.

Contact us for your free strips.

Atlas measuring strip