Ascidian, Botrylloides magnicoecum, sighting Liz Allen, photo Libby Hepburn

Lennard’s Island rock pool search

Happy new year from everyone on the Atlas of Life team.
The water’s good for snorkelling now and there are lots of sea hares in the lagoons. Do let us know of any interesting finds that we can put on the website and Facebook page and do keep adding your sightings to the Atlas’ new recording platform – it’s easy and looks great.

We are fortunate that Michael McMaster has offered to lead a rock pool reccie at Lennards Island next Thursday January 12th at 2pm.
For those of you who are interested in talking about what things we would like to do this year as a Marine Group, please join us at 12 noon at the main Eden road Tip, turnoff (for car Pooling, the track is only suitable for 4 wheel drive cars) and we will set off at 12:10 for Lennards with a 2pm start for the rock pool exploration.

Ascidian, Botrylloides magnicoecum, sighting Liz Allen, photo Libby Hepburn

Ascidian, Botrylloides magnicoecum, sighting Liz Allen, photo Libby Hepburn

Red Bait crab, Plagusia chabrus

Red Bait crab, Plagusia chabrus

Lennards is our favourite rocky shore as it always turns up interesting and unusual things. Last year we found a soft coral so who know what we might find this year. This is a low tide, so we will be able to reach places that are usually inaccessible.

The track down is rough and the walk down to the beach steep, so please wear appropriate shoes and clothes /hats etc and bring sunscreen and insect repellant as usual. Please contact Libby with any queries. 02 6495 0917. There will be a map on the Atlas Facebook page.
All good wishes,
Libby

Scarlet on Scarlet

Atlas of Life AGM Saturday December 3rd

Scarlet on Scarlet

Scarlet on Scarlet

You are invited to the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness AGM on Saturday 3rd December at 10.30am at the Merimbula Wharf Restaurant.

We have had an exciting year with the launch of our new NatureMapr recording platform, our recent very successful Four Winds BioBlitz and another Atlas Photocompetition with extremely high quality and range of entries – thanks to all who entered and our three expert judges. This lovely image of Scarlet honeyeaters by Maggie Clowes.

We are ready to plan our activities for next year and would like everyone who is interested in the local natural world, on land and along the coast to join us.

As an entirely community  project we welcome anyone who has time to contribute in areas they are interested in whether that is suggesting and running field trips, snorkels and walks, helping with the website, database and social media or helping through the committee. There are many things we could do and we offer the things that people are interested in helping with, so your passion will be welcome.

2016 Atlas of Life AGM Agenda

10.30am – Welcome to country

Minutes of the 2015 Atlas of Life AGM

Chair’s report

Treasurers report

Election of Office bearers and Committee

Any other business

 

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Christmas Celebration Supper – December 15th

It’s that time of year again and we would like to get together to celebrate what we love about nature and how we explore it.
We invite you and your friends to the Atlas Christmas Supper on Thursday December 15th at the Wharf Restaurant Merimbula, 6pm for 6:30.

Sally and Anthony are offering us a splendid festive menu and we have sparkling entertainment for you. We will have the exhibition of images and records from our recent BioBlitz at Four Winds, and the superb winning pictures of the 2016 Atlas photocomp.
This year the theme for our Celebrations is “the New Science” and we have the story told in pictures and words of the young Poyner family and we also welcome Stuart Harris to share his exploration of the small but exquisite Maratus, or Peacock spiders which have become the centre of his life’s journey in the last decade.

Everyone is very welcome. Tickets are $50 and $17 for children. Please reserve your places with Libby or Alan. We will be please if you can pay directly into the Atlas bank account. Please put your name in the reference box so we know who has paid what.

BSB 032 704  Acc no. 209626  Many thanks, Libby

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White flowers – photo by Harrison Warne – can anyone identify them? Harrison is a herpetologist and hasn’t got his flora ID up to speed yet. Thanks Harrison, it’s a lovely image for Christmas

New Holland honeyeater

Birds, Butterflies and Moths – a workshop with Julie Morgan

New Holland honeyeater

New Holland honeyeater

Learn to identify local birds and some of the most common butterflies and moths on the Far South Coast with Julie Morgan. Find out about their role in pollination and in maintaining a balanced ecosystem and what you can do on your property to support and encourage them.

When: Friday 25 November, 9.15am-1.00pm

Where: Tanja Hall followed by a field walk at Bithry Inlet

Presenter: Julie Morgan is a land manager from the Eurobodalla with an extensive knowledge of and passion for the natural world, specifically birds, frogs, insects, spiders, mammals and plants. She has been a field naturalist for over 25 years, is a committee member of the Eurobodalla Natural History Society and conducts bird surveys for a range of environmental agencies and organisations. She regularly presents and leads nature walks for community groups.

Cost: Free. Morning tea provided. BYO picnic lunch for after the workshop.

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

Alexandra Seddon, Being Change

Local Film Premiere – Alexandra Seddon

Alexandra Seddon, Being Change

Alexandra Seddon, Being Change

Invitation  to the Opening Night of ‘Alexandra Seddon – Being Change’

Made by acclaimed local filmmaker Toni Houston, with music composed by Kate Burke and Pete Wild, the documentary tells the inspiring true life story of Alexandra Seddon, the philanthropist and conservationist who gave us wildlife sanctuary Potoroo Palace, the stunning community wetlands Panboola and the community farm, Cowsnest.

It would be fantastic if you and your guest could join us at this special red carpet fundraising evening which celebrates one of our region’s most inspiring women. Thanks to the support of the Merimbula Picture Showman Cinema, all money raised on the night from ticket sales will be donated to Potoroo Palace.

For Opening Night on 7th Nov 6:30pm, please book direct here:
https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=233355

The film will go on to screen at the cinema 10-13 & 15 NOV also.

We’d love to see you all at the opening. It would be fantastic if you could spread the word about the film opening, and screenings to your networks, colleagues and community.

Harrison getting up close and personal with a Mustard - bellied snake

Atlas/Four Winds BioBlitz registrations open now

Harrison getting up close and personal with a Mustard - bellied snake

Harrison Warne and a Mustard bellied snake at last year’s BioBlitz

We’re getting organised now and you can choose your surveys and register for the Four Winds BioBlitz November 11/12th. This year our BioBlitz will be a festival of nature with music and art mixed in so it will be a lot of fun for everyone. See this website for more details and go to the Four Winds website to sign up for the  music concert and photography/botanical illustration masterclasses.

Overall winner Georgia Poyner

2016 photocomp open

Competition closes on November 1st It’s that time of year again and we are happy to invite everyone to send us your best images of the wild nature that you have been exploring in our region.

Overall winner Georgia Poyner

Overall winner Georgia Poyner

Great prizes and a chance to have your work exhibited at the Four Winds BioBlitz

It’s that time of year again and we are happy to invite everyone to send us your best images of the wild nature that you have been exploring in our region.
Open to all Members. Everyone who Registers on our new NatureMapr recording platform is a Member. This competition is to celebrate the wonderful biodiversity in our region. Your entries create a gallery of great images for us all to enjoy. You are all taking wonderful pictures to add to your sightings on the Atlas, so this is your chance to share the best of them!
Overall first prize is two nights in a luxurious Tanja Lagoon Camp safari tent, other prizes are a $150 voucher for Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant , kindly donated by Jacqui Smith, and a further Voucher for $100 so it’s well worth you entering.
Winners will be announced on November 10th and all the winning images will be displayed at the Four Winds BioBlitz November 11/12th and at the Atlas Christmas Supper December 15th, after which time they will be exhibited at libraries around the Shire.

BioBlitz waterbug survey

2016 BioBlitz at Four Winds near Bermagui

This year’s BioBlitz will be at and around the Four Winds site near Bermagui November Friday 11th and Saturday 12th and it will be exciting and different with arts and music as well as all the varied biodiversity surveys.

BioBlitz waterbug survey

BioBlitz waterbug survey

This year we are partnering with Four Winds to help them gather information to develop plans for their Arboretum.

Four Winds are creating an Arboretum on their site so they need good baseline data about what biodiversity is there now and what lives in surrounding habitats, so they can track how the ecological communities develop as the trees and shrubs of the arboretum become established.

Put the dates in your diary and let us know if you would like to lead a survey or volunteer as a survey leader’s assistant or help us as a volunteer at Basecamp or with data input.

Elisabeth Larsen helps participants ID small mammals

Elisabeth Larsen helps participants ID small mammals

Contact Libby Hepburn: 0458 798 990 for more information.

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Reptiles in our region and how recording can help conservation strategies

Join us for the second of our Field Naturalists Information sessions, Friday 2nd September at the Tura Marrang Library at 2pm.

Geoff will talk about reptiles in this region and how using citizen science we can  learn more about these wonderful creatures and educate the public about

Geoff Robertson reptiles expert with Canberra Nature Map

Geoff Robertson reptiles expert with Canberra Nature Map

how we might identify and conserve them.red-bellied-black-snake

Geoff is a long time member of the ACT Herpetological Association and has given many presentations on Reptiles of South East NSW and Canberra. He was a strong advocate to include herpetofauna in Canberra Nature Map.

Geoff is a former president of the Friends of Grasslands,  Conservation Council Canberra Region and Kosciuszko to Coast. Until Oct 2015, he and his partner Margaret Ning owned Garuwanga near Nimmitabel which they managed for conservation.

We will also have a NatureMapr familiarisations session after Geoff’s presentation.

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Chris Davey, ex President Canberra Ornithological Group

Former president of the Canberra Ornithological group to speak

At the launch of the National Science Week and the Atlas of Life’s new recording tool on Saturday August 13th, we are fortunate to have Chris Davey ex President COG coming to talk to us about how the Canberra Ornithological Group can use the recording system to look at and analyse their sightings. Chris will be joining the flora walk into the Tura Beach Flora Reserve led by Chris Warren (12 noon) and then presenting to us just after 1pm on Saturday at the Tura Marrang Library.

Chris Davey, ex President Canberra Ornithological Group

Chris Davey, ex President Canberra Ornithological Group

Do come and join us and explore the new easy to use recording tool and see the history of the Atlas of Life project.

Luke Brown will be talking about our tropical fish visitors (11:00am) accompanied by some wonderful film from David Hannan and Toni Houston will describe David’s film library and how we might have access to it. Alan Scrymgeour will be helping you explore the small stuff, using our great new microscope and some interesting specimens, or you can bring your own to see in detail.

Jenny and Graham Greenwood are providing nibbles around noon, so there is lots to enjoy as we start the National Science Week with a buzz.

National Science Week activities organised by the Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub led this year by Doug Reckord of Bournda Environmental Education Centre.