SWIFFT - State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams

SWIFFT - State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams
SWIFFT - State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams
SWIFFT - State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams
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By mid November the Golden Sun Moth becomes active during the hottest part of the day in native grasslands.

See the November bio-calendar to see what some of our native plants and animals are doing this month.

golden sun moth

Golden Sun Moth - Critically endangered

Listed under Victoria's FFG Act 1988


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Nov 2017

Events in November 2017

Thursday 2nd | 'Ribbons of History' Conversations about the ecological, cultural and social value of the Victorian Roadside

'Ribbons of history' aims to raise awareness of the importance and issues facing roadside reserves around Victoria with a series of inspirational guest speakers. The PLAN working group will also give an update about our progress so far and our goals for the future to be followed by Q & A and afternoon tea. This is also an opportunity to raise your own questions and ideas about roadside management. All welcome RSVP  planfortheenvironment@gmail.com

Location: Australian Conservation Foundation 1/60 Leicester St, Carlton VIC 3053
Contact: Louise Costa-Pelle, Convener

Wednesday 8th | Annual Landcare Celebration - Geelong Landcare Network

Come and help celebrate the year’s landcare achievements & hear a fascinating talk from researcher Heather Threadgold on the history of our local landscapes. Heather Threadgold is an anthropologist with a background in Australian history. For the past 14 years Heather has been researching Indigenous Living Space in Victoria. Heather’s research takes into consideration three layers of landscape: ancient, Aboriginal manipulated and European-manipulated. BBQ dinner provided. Drinks available for purchase. RSVP essential by Fri 3rd Nov to Elissa Ashton-Smith.

Location: Barrabool Cricket Club Rooms 20 Cochranes Rd, Ceres
Contact: Elissa Ashton-Smith | Phone: 0438 525 502

Sunday 12th | Restoring Budj Bim

Glenelg Hopkins CMA and Budj Bim Tours invite you to take a day to explore the unique wetlands and rich cultural history of the ancient Budj Bim landscape. The day will begin with an introduction and welcome to country at the Budj Bim Cultural Centre, followed by a tour of the Lake Condah Mission. Note: bring sturdy closed footwear and wet weather gear. Spaces are limited, so be sure to RSVP by Friday, 27th October with any dietary requirements. For further information contact Jeanette Rout on 5571 2526

Location: Meet at Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation, 21 Scott Street, Heywood
Contact: Glenelg Hopkins CMA | Phone: 5571 2526

Wednesday 15th | Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Day

Bruce Pascoe, author Dark Emu & John Clarke, Eastern Maar, will present on Grassy Woodlands and their cultural significance.  How can we try to incorporate past practices into current farming practices?  How did Traditional Owners farm their land and what changes have they seen in the landscape since colonisation?  What should landholders look out for on their farms? Lunch provided. A bus will depart the Hamilton Uniting Church car park (Lonsdale St, opposite McDonalds) at 9:30 am, returning around 4:00 pm. RSVP by 3/11/17

Location: “Salt Creek”, 1570 Hexham-Woorndoo Rd, Woorndoo
Contact: Aggie Stevenson | Phone: 5571 2526

Friday 17th | Native Grassland Information Day

The Woorndoo Land Protection Group invites interested people to learn native grassland species identification, Harvesting Techniques, Propagation and Planting methods over the duration of the project. A presentation will be given by respected author & native plant expert Neil Marriott. This event will include project details, a grassland walk, and a light lunch. It will look at successful 2013 Grassland Restoration on the Woorndoo – Streatham Road at Woorndoo. The two year project includes detailed scientific experiments on grassland species establishment. RSVP by Monday 13 November 2017 for catering purposes and please advise of any specific dietary requirements.

Location: Woorndoo Recreation Reserve
Contact: David Franklin

Monday 20th | Either side of the Big Wet: the future resilience of south-eastern Australia's biota

Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research | Biodiversity Division presents Ralph Mac Nally (University of Canberra), Jian Yen (University of Melbourne) and Jim Thomson (ARI). Southern Australia is expected to experience long sequences of severe rainfall deficits under climate- change models based on IPCC emission scenarios. These droughts, such as occurred from 1997 -2010 (the Big Dry), are projected to be punctuated by short periods of above-average rainfall (e.g. the Big Wet of 2010-12). This seminar session will present updates from an ARC Linkage Project generously supported by Parks Victoria, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, North Central Catchment Management Authority, DELWP, and the Victorian EPA. Guests welcome to attend either ARI or via webinar.

Location: ARI (123 Brown St Heidelberg)
Contact: Fern Hames | Science Manager Communication and Collaboration | Phone: 94508600

Monday 20th | Challenges associated with threatened species management over the past 20 years

Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research presents Dr Dave Hunter (NSW Office of Environment and Heritage). Guests are welcome to attend. This seminar will also be available via live online access by webinar  - please use this link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4948527289782608131

Location: ARI conference room
Contact: Fern Hames | Science Manager Communication and Collaboration | Phone: 94508600

Saturday 25th | Fauna Survey Training Day

Hosted by Geelong Field Naturalists Club - Peter Homan is leading a one-day fauna survey techniques course. Peter is an experienced ecologist and fauna consultant. He has trained many students at the RMIT. Content: 1. How to establish the "perfect" drift fence for pitfalls and funnels 2. Setting cameras for horizontal shots, vertical shots and on rocky surfaces. 3. Setting, checking and packing up grids of Elliott traps. 4. Identifying skinks & frogs. 5. The use of nest-boxes for surveys and management. 6. Animal welfare measures for each survey technique. 7. Legal implications for surveys. 8. Repairing harp traps & other equipment (if there is time). We will start in the field, learning how to set up all the traps and cameras. The "classroom" lectures happen in the early afternoon. Powerpoint presentations will be given on each topic, with handouts to each participant. Later, we will check the survey equipment, pack it up, and go over the results.   Cost to non-GFNC participants will be $40.00 per person, $10 for students. (BYO food, we provide tea/coffee/bikkies). To register contact Barry Lingham.

Location: Ocean Grove Nature Reserve
Contact: Barry Lingham