Some things to do while you are social distancing:
- go for a solitary walk in one of the quieter areas of the Barwon Estuary. Take the time to watch the birds or look at the variety of plants.
- participate in a nation-wide community art project to highlight our biodiversity crisis. The aim is to draw every one of 1,800 flora and fauna on the national threatened species list. Details about the process and the event can be found at https://thelifesustainable.com.au/tiny-art-for-nature/
- get to know your camera (including on ipad or phone) and all that it can do. Use the time to wander about and experiment.
- read one of the books about our local Ramsar area – e.g. Harry Saddler’s The Eastern Curlew, Garry Linnell’s Buckley’s Chance, Andrew Darby’s Flight Lines, etc
- do a free short course. Edx or Coursera, for example, offer a wide range of verified courses from Natural History Drawing to the Study of Pandemics.
- build a model of the Barwon Estuary, or your own favourite wetland.
- visit the Bellarine Catchment Network Facebook page to find out about a bunch of Science Citizen projects (e.g. counting seals, classifying animals) that need your help.
- go to a local nursery (some are still open) and buy up on vegetable seedlings and indigenous plants. Investigate the many uses of edible indigenous plants.
Whatever you do to keep occupied, we hope that you stay healthy. We look forward to spending time with you in the future.
Discover the treasure on our doorstep at this event for all! Learn about our local Ramsar wetlands from experts in the field and get out and about on a short bus trip to Taits Point, a local wetland. Try and find some birds yourself and discover why wetlands are so unique!
The day will be opened by a Wadawurrung Smoking Ceremony and keep kids engaged in the Kids Corner with educational craft activities.
𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗳 𝗣𝗮𝘂𝗹 – Boon University of Melbourne
𝗧𝗶𝗱𝗮 𝗡𝗼𝘂 – Threatened Species Recovery Hub
𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 𝗖𝗼𝗼𝗸 – Wadawurrung Traditional Owner
𝗖𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗴 𝗠𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗲𝘆 – Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team
𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗰𝘁: Murray Johns at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0455 500 542. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing, sturdy footwear and BYO binoculars, a hat and water.
Attendance is 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 and lunch provided.
𝗣𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 before the 13th of April:
This event is organised in partnership with Bellarine Landcare, Trust for Nature, the Surf Coast Inland Plains Network, Bays & Islands, Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, DELWP BarwonSouthWest, Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team, Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation trading as Wadawurrung, Geelong Field Naturalists Club, Parks Victoria, Threatened Species Recovery Hub, Barwon Estuary Project, Bellarine Catchment Network and the City of Greater Geelong.