Calendar of events


Malleefowl  - Endangered in Victoria 
Listed under Victoria's FFG Act 1988

In late winter the male Malleefowl begins to collect organic material to build a nest-mound. By September the female can commence laying eggs in the mound, provided there has been enough rain to start organic decay of the litter which produces heat. Incubation time depends on temperature and can be anywhere between about 50 and 100 days. 

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


Sep 2019

Events in September 2019

Wimmera Biodiversity Seminar - A Climate for Change Rupanyup Community Centre, Gibson St, Rupanyup

Thursday 5th
12:00am - 12:00am

The 22nd annual Wimmera Biodiversity Seminar will be held in Rupanyup on Thursday, 5th September at the Rupanyup Community Centre . The seminar includes a day session, an afternoon tour and an evening session with a dinner.

This year's theme captures the hopefulness that positive change is happening for our environment, with speakers providing insight on A Climate For Change in their fields. Our speakers will discuss the changes that they are seeing through new and innovative techniques, a look at where we have come from and how we move forward in our changing world.

Speakers and activities this year include:

Tim Low

Paul Foreman – Blue Devil Consulting

Paul Downey

Matt Rees - University of Melbourne

Kate Pearce - Zoos Victoria

Tour of a Trust For Nature Property

We also want you to tell us how you are changing for our environment – so come prepared for another amazing Wimmera Biodiversity Seminar

Threatened species day - Stories of Hope The Clyde Hotel, 385 Cardigan St, Carlton

Friday 6th
5:00pm - 7:00pm

You’re invited to join us for a drink, pizza and a dose of optimism at the Clyde Hotel in Carlton to mark National Threatened Species day and hear stories of HOPE from some of Australia’s top conservation professionals, on Friday September 6th, 5-7pm. 

The discussion will be led by Professor Brendan Wintle – who will reflect on the current extinction crisis – but the antidote will come in the form of stories of species recovery and protection from six inspiring conservation professionals. A short panel discussion will be followed by pizza and socialising.

We HOPE to see you there!  Please register at

Speakers at the event include:

Prof. John Woinarski, Charles Darwin University – Mammal recovery on islands and behind fences

Brendan Sydes, Environmental Justice Australia – Endangered species & the law

Prof. Sarah Bekessy, RMIT – Bringing growling grass frogs back to Fisherman’s bend

Dr Noushka Reiter, Royal Botanic Gardens – Citizens and science recover an endangered orchid

Dr Anja Skroblin, University of Melbourne – Saving mankarr (bilby) with the Martu people

Dr Andrew Weeks, University of Melbourne – Genetic rescue of the mountain pygmy possum

Dr Kylie Soanes, University of Melbourne – Opportunities to conserve threatened species in cities

The event is supported by the NESP Threatened Species Hub, Society for Conservation Biology (Melbourne Chapter), and The University of Melbourne. Gold coin donation at the door will go towards supporting the important work of Environmental Justice Australia.

The organisers of this event acknowledge that this evening takes place on Wurundjeri land, whose sovereignty was never ceded, and that the Wurundjeri are the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters of this place. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to any First Nations people present at the event.

Arthur Rylah Institute Seminar ARI (123 Brown St Heidelberg) also Webinar

Monday 9th
1:00pm - 2:00pm

ARI presents two guest speakers;

  • Yael Rodger, Monash University: Genetic rescue of an endangered grassland daisy Rutidosis leptorrhynchoides
  • Emma Barnett, Monash University: How well do ex situ plant collections capture the genetic diversity of their founders?

If you can make it to ARI (123 Brown St, Heidelberg), please come along to hear about this insightful work.

We all have much to learn from each other, and the Seminar series is an important part of the intellectual life of our Institute. 

If you can't get to ARI in person, register for live online webinar at

Contact: Fern Hames | Science Manager Communication and Collaboration | Phone: 0428 106 143

Earthwatch Australia and Parks Victoria professional learning workshop Serendip Sanctuary, 100 Windermere Rd, Lara VIC 3212

Monday 16th
12:30pm - 3:30pm

Be fascinated by nature, take teaching outdoors and contribute to citizen science
Earthwatch Australia and Parks Victoria invite you to participate in the ClimateWatch in Parks program and professional learning workshop.
The program connects schools and community groups to the ClimateWatch trail situated at Serendip Sanctuary, 60km south-west of Melbourne.
Free training will be provided to assist participants in embedding citizen science, climate change and biodiversity monitoring into teaching and engagement activities. Afternoon tea, training and curriculum resources provided. RSVP

Contact: Nadiah Roslan | Phone: 0403 935 744

Information forum EPBC Act and the Basalt Plains in Western Victoria Lake Bolac Complex, Lake Bolac

Thursday 26th
10:00am - 2:00pm

The Glenelg Hopkins CMA presents this free information forum to people who live or work on the volcanic plains. Do you know if the EPBC Act* impacts your farm?

If you have a farm on the Basalt Plains in Western Victoria with any swamps or boggy patches in your paddocks, or unimproved rocky areas, then it may!

But don’t despair the Glenelg Hopkins CMA may have funding to help you.


  • Drew McLean, Compliance Division, Dept. of Environment & Energy, Canberra
  • Ben Zeeman, Grassland Ecologist, Glenelg Hopkins CMA
  • Ammie Jackson, Linear Reserves Project Officer, DELWP

Morning Tea and lunch provided - RSVP by Friday 20 September for catering purposes (Monday - Thursday).

Contact: Aggie Stevenson, Biodiversity Projects Coordinator, Glenelg Hopkins CMA | Phone: 0435 537 443

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