Atlas of Life/NatureMapr AGM

The Atlas of Life meeting, AGM and Christmas Lunch will take place on Tuesday 12th December from 10:30pm at the LLS Offices at Bega(above the Shopping Centre). Everyone is welcome.

Please find attached 2016 AGM minutes, 2017 AGM Agenda and a Committee Nomination Form

Atlas teamwork at its best!
Scene from this year’s BioBlitz

Cmtee Nomination Form ALCW AGM 2017 Agenda Atlas Chair’s report 2017

Wild Pollinator Count on now! 12 – 19th November


It starts today! The national Wild Pollinator Count gives you an opportunity to contribute to wild pollinator insect conservation in Australia. We invite you to count wild pollinators in your local environment and help us build a database on wild pollinator activity. This count happens every year and lasts one week only.

Scarab beetle photo Max Campbell


Reed Bee photo Michael McMaster

You can join in by watching any flowering plant for just ten minutes sometime in our count week.

  • You don’t need to be an insect expert.
  • You don’t need fancy gear.
  • You may be surprised by what you see!

There are instructions, a tally sheet and a really good identification resource to help you.

Here we are asking you to help us with research on the rare Merimbula star-hair(Astrotricha sp. Wallagaraugh)

plant. There are numbers of these around Tura Beach and into Bournda National Park. Can you find one of these and do a pollinator count on it? Scientists have no information on its main pollinators, what kind of insects or birds that may be important, so your records will be very valuable to the Save Our Species team.

Merimbula star-hair photo Steve Burrows

Merimbula star-hair photo Steve Burrows

Merimbula star-hair photo Steve Burrows

Steve Burrows a local naturalist tells us that the flowering period for the Merimbula star-hair is weeks 42 – 50 or around mid-October to mid-December. We will be grateful for any observations of pollinators on these plants at any time…Please add your records to Naturemapr.


Little Terns & other Beach Nesting Birds

At last the Little Terns are back at Mogareka to breed .Every summer these tiny seabirds come from eastern Asia & northern Australia to this area to nest & raise chicks before flying away again in February or March.

They are endangered because they nest on beaches and are  disturbed by people ,dogs,foxes & goannas….we see footprints of all.Sea gulls & Ravens also predate the eggs if the birds leave their nest [a scrape in the sand ].

If you like to be involved with Shorebird monitoring please let us know.


Little Terns with Non Breeding LT 

Red Capped Plover

Red Capped Plover distracting behaviour

Pied Oystercatcher already has a chick & has bred in the same location as previous years

Hooded Plovers foraging & at this stage avoiding parental responsibility !

Sooty Oystercatcher.. usually breed on rocky platforms

Courting Caspians
Thank you to Leo for the photo & sighting.

Tideline & Beyond

One walk ,one beach & this is only a selection of sightings.

Humpback Whale breaching

Sea Urchin showing Aristotle’s lantern


Egg casing of Cartrut Shells

Violet snail with Goose Barnacle passengers


A face only a mother could love…Porcupine Fish ?

Common Diving Petrel [ bill & cobalt blue legs ]

Pied Oystercatcher JE[ last season lost his foot due to fishing line ]

Goose Barnacle view of the beach

Pig Face

Red Capped Plover..preening

BLUE a new film about our oceans, and what we can do to help

The Ocean – mother of life on our planet – big problems but opportunities for us to make a difference. Join us for this exciting screening on Sunday November 5th in Merimbula, Saturday November 4th Narooma. Stunning footage from great filmmakers and a Q & A session after the screening. Have a look at the trailer for BLUE