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!

https://wildpollinatorcount.com

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.

 

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


CMN Plant ID workshop and Field Walk

Photo: Flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi) by A Rodway

Photo: Flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi) by A Rodway[/caption]
Learn the skills and information you need to identify a range of common plants in this region and try out your skills on a guided field walk near Tura in Bournda National Park. See the endangered Merimbula Star-hair, Flannel flowers and many other coastal species in flower this Spring.

When: Friday 20 October, 9.00am-12.00pm

Where: Bournda National Park, North Tura

Botanist, Paul McPherson, assisted by Seedbank Coordinator, Karen Walker, will provide a practical introduction to the identification of local native plants, with an emphasis on recognising the major plant families in the field. We will look at the various tools and resources available to identify plants, including online resources and the use of botanical keys. Plant samples, printed summary sheets and hand lenses will be provided to use at the workshop. The workshop will cater to beginners and refresh the skills of those with some experience in plant identification. The field walk is 2km return on a level track.

Morning tea provided. For further information and bookings, contact Ali Rodway on 0417 246 896 or info@fsccmn.com

Photo: Flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi) by A Rodway

“Wild Eye” Photocomp winners exhibition

After a great competition this year, winners have been chosen by our panel of Judges and the Exhibition of Winners will be available for you to see at Merimbula EyeQ (7  Main Street) for two weeks from 3:00pm on Saturday October 14th. Please com along and have a look as the images are awesome! Thanks to everyone who entered and to Sarah who set up the Galleries and Belinda who loaded all the entries and to Bayd who is hosting the exhibition. Do come along.

Photo Max Campbell

This Wednesday – Moths, Call playback and Spotlighting Night-time surveys

A rare opportunity to join experts to explore the creatures that come out at night.

Sooty Owl Photo David Gallan

Pigmy Possum Photo Andrew Morrison

Wednesday September 20th at 6:30 – 9:00pm. We will be running the last surveys to complete the “From Little Things” 2017 BioBlitz, with Glenn Cocking showing how to attract the moths that live just here and Elisabeth Larsen and Andrew Morrison leading the Callplayback and Spotlighting survey, to look for the mammals andother night creatures.

Moth survey Panboola Photo Harrison Warne

A seriously big moth at Panboola Photo Harrison Warne

Places are very limited, so if you are interested please email libby@atlasoflife to make sure of your place. It’s the dark of the moon and may be cold, so make sure you have sensible warm clothing(waterproofs if rain is forecast) a hat with a brim is useful and a torch, hand held or a head torch.

Star-hair Gazing at Tura September 7th

Join in the Tura/Merimbula Star-hair surveys on Threatened Species Day

See https://www.eventbrite.com.au/d/australia–earlwood/merimbula-star-hair/ for all details and to book your place. Numbers limited.

“Belgica” expedition – science in the ice in 1897

The Belgica Expedition 1897-1899
“a tale of extraordinary scientific achievements and of human endurance”
presented by Patrick De Deckker
Emeritus Professor, ANU

Prof. Patrick De Deckker

Can you imagine what a voyage ofdiscovery into uncharted waters of the Antarctic would have been like in 1897? and what important science was recorded then? Come to this Atlas of Life science heritage celebration and find out.

On August 9th at 2:30pm at the Tura Marang Library Professor Patrick De Deckker will share his findings on the scientific expeditionary voyage of the good ship “Belgica”. Patrick’s researches have taken him all the way back to Belgium where the expedition started. At the time, it was still unknown as to whether Antarctica was a continent and the location of the south magnetic pole was unchartered and this voyage discovered many new islands before becoming trapped in the ice for 13 months!

Belgica icebound in Antarctica

This was an amazing voyage of scientific discovery, but until recently the numerous scientific papers from the expedition have been filed away and ignored. Only now is it being realised that some of the oceanographic and meteorological investigations offer very important baseline data as we recognise that the Antarctic Peninsula is one of the places on the globe facing the largest changes and challenges due to global warming.

This presentation was very well received at it’s first showing at the Australian National Library last month. It includes many archives and photographs taken during the expedition. Last year Prof. De Deckker gave a fascinating workshop on the plankton of our coasts and we are very fortunate that he has offered to share his latest very different researches.

Everyone is welcome. Places are limited so please send you name here:

 

 

” From Little Things….” Bioblitz 2017 coming soon

This year the Atlas one day Bioblitz will be held at Merimbula Creek on September 16th, we are partnering with the “from little things” group who are establishing a community  sustainability centre behind Club Sapphire. We will be helping them create the first species list of their land and nearby reference habitats. More details coming soon…..and you might be lucky enough to see the following as we did on a reconnaissance mission !

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.