Merimbula & Back Lake coastal management program

Your chance to get involved in the Merimbula & Back Lake Coastal Management Program

 

Bega Valley Shire Council is seeking your contribution on the management of Merimbula and Back Lake and the surrounding foreshore:

• What makes the lakes great and how could they be even better?

• What are your concerns about the health of the lakes and their catchments?

• How could the management of the lakes be improved?

BVSC welcome your thoughts on these issues or anything else you would like to discuss about the lakes. Your involvement is the key to developing a successful Management Program, so please visit the website to have your say and view updates throughout the project. Please also register your details on the website to receive project updates via email: begavalley.wrl.unsw.edu.au/#signup

Have your say? http://begavalley.wrl.unsw.edu.au/index.php/get-involved/#haveyoursay

The next meeting of the Merimbula and back Lake focus group is May 24th, so get your thoughts, ideas and questions in before then.

Dr Andrew Claridge – Quolls and cameras

Join us for  a chance to learn more about the lives of the small mammals that live in our region.

Dr Andrew Claridge

Dr Andrew Claridge, will be sharing some of the exploits and insights of his research with us on June 8th at the Local Land Service offices in Bega at 2.00pm (time to be confirmed).

Young Tiger Quoll – photo David Gallan

Dr Andrew Claridge is a Senior Research Scientist with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service based in Queanbeyan. As a wildlife biologist he has worked on many different animals over the past 30 years, both in south-eastern mainland Australia and also the Pacific Northwest United States. He has a particular affection for mammals such as potoroos and bandicoots, and the carnivorous spotted-tailed quoll. His interests also extend to the interactions among forest organisms and how those interrelationships afford resilience. In the past 10 years or so Andrew has been very active in the use of infrared cameras to detect and monitor cryptic wildlife. In his upcoming presentation he will discuss the benefits this technology has brought, together with some of the challenges. Using the example of looking for quolls with cameras, Andrew will also put forward the prospect of Citizen Scientists helping with some of this work.

Pillar Quoll photo Andrew Claridge

Sentinel Quoll photo Andrew Claridge

Please let us know if you can join us.

Prof. Steve Smith Sea Slug Census interview

Goniobranchus splendidus, photo Nick Shaw, Montague island

All you Sea Sluggers listen to Prof. Steve Smith on Monday 8th May at 7:35am ABC SE Radio. He will be talking about some of our great finds on the recent Far South Coast census.

We found some really interesting species and some which are out of their known range, so hear what Steve has to say about what we have found so far,

Prof. Steve Smith Southern Cross University

Chelidonura inornata, Photo Libby Hepburn, Blue Pool

Haminoea cymbalum, photo Libby Hepburn, Blue Pool

Zombie animals, brainwashing bugs and bacteria

Come and listen to Dr Crid Fraser ACT Scientist of the Year, at Oaklands on Saturday May 13th 6:30pm for 7pm.

This is the first 2017 “Hub in the Pub” event of the Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub and everyone is welcome to delve into the science of mind and mood altering bacteria and bugs.

Free finger food and a great atmosphere in the Longstocking Brewery at Oaklands.