Calendar of events

Orange-bellied Parrot Image: Clive Clapman

Orange-bellied Parrot

Critically endangered in Victoria 
Listed under Victoria's FFG Act 1988

During March, Orange-bellied Parrots begin their migration across Bass Strait from Tasmanian breeding areas to mainland Australia where they over-winter, feeding on coastal wetlands through to October.

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


Mar 2020

Events in March 2020

Now You See Us - Biodiversity Art project National Wool Museum - Geelong

Saturday 15th
10:00am - 2:00pm

The Now You See Us project is going to be on exhibition at The National Wool Museum, Geelong from February 15 2020. Mary-Jane’s studio is moving into the museum for three months as part of as artist in residence program, allowing the public to join in the making of the birds. The importance of highlighting the plight of our threatened species has never more urgent. Artist in attendance Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Note: the Workshop on 22 March is booked out.

More about the Now You See Us project.

Contact: National Wool Museum | Phone: 03 5272 4701

Arthur Rylah Institute Seminar - Mass fish kills, a crisis of modern water: understanding hydrosocial change in the Murray-Darling Basin ARI (123 Brown St Heidelberg) also Webinar

Monday 16th
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Free event. ARI presents guest speaker;

Prof. Lesley Head (University of Melbourne) - Mass fish kills, a crisis of modern water: understanding hydrosocial change in the Murray-Darling Basin

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

Lake Bolac Eel Festival (Event postponed - new date to be advised) Lake Bolac

Saturday 21st
12:00am - 12:00am

This is the 13th Eel Festival. There is an exciting line-up of musicians, workshops and creative spaces that will form the 2020 Lake Bolac Eel Festival – Kuyang Lapakira (Plenty Eels). 

The Festival theme, ‘The Lake as Home’, from a range of historical, ecological and cultural points of view, will be discussed at our ever popular Forum. Damien Bell from Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, now recognised on the UNESCO World Heritage list, will be joining us with Jane McMillan from St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Other activities include;

Live music, a range of workshops and exhibition of Wetland Photo Competition.

Bookings essential.


SWIFFT special event: Biodiversity after bushfire On-line

Thursday 26th
9:45am - 12:00pm

Join us for a special on-line SWIFFT event to learn about activities taking place across fire-affected areas of Victoria to assist biodiversity and community recovery. 

  • Risk assessment and response

  • Wildlife triaging

  • Population salvages: Galaxiids

  • Population salvages: Eastern Bristlebird

  • Pest animal and invasive species control

  • Climate change projects in fire affected communities

Free event - Registration required

Geelong Nature Forum National Wool Museum 26 Moorabool Street, Geelong

Saturday 28th
12:00am - 12:00am

The 2020 Geelong Nature Forum; theme 'Where The Rivers Run' will celebrate the animal and plant life of the Geelong region’s rivers, creeks and wetlands and the volunteer groups who help look after them.

The forum is a week-long series of nature-based activities, presentations, workshops and displays.

Entrance to the National Wool Museum will be free on March 28

Program details see web link.

No need to book for the presentation sessions however booking are required for workshops and other activities.

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