Calendar of events

Leatherback Turtle

Leatherback Turtle

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

Leatherback Turtles migrate vast distances following warm water currents between tropical nesting sites and temperate water feeding areas. Bass Strait is one of the three largest concentrations of feeding Leatherbacks in Australia. In Victoria, most sightings occur between January and May.

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


Feb 2020

Events in February 2020

World Wetlands Day Walks 2 wetlands in the Ballarat area

Sunday 9th
9:30am - 1:00pm

The Ballarat Environment Network (BEN) invites you to join the BEN Reserve Manager, Roger Thomas this Sunday as we celebrate World Wetland Day, by wandering through a couple of BEN’s lovely wetland reserves. We’ll begin at the Mullawallah Wetlands, Lucas Lane (north side of Remembrance Drive just east of the caravan park entrance), Cardigan at 9.30am. After a wander out along the spit and around the western edge, we’ll have a cuppa at about 11.00am, before heading south-west to the Haddon Recreation Reserve wetland on Racecourse Road to observe some of the activity out there. 

BYO morning tea and binoculars, and please wear enclosed footwear and weather appropriate clothing. No need to book.


Contact: Emily Noble

SWIFFT seminar - Marine biodiversity

Thursday 13th
9:45am - 12:00pm

SWIFFT seminars are open to interested persons. Registration required (this is a free event).

There are two ways to participate in the SWIFFT seminar:

  • Attend in person at one of the 19 locations across Victoria   or 
  • Join in on-line Via Zoom video conferencing.
  • See agenda for more details.

    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.


    Contact: National Wool Museum | Phone: 03 5272 4701

    Arthur Rylah Institute Seminar - 'Conservation in the Kimberley a perspective from working within an NGO' and 'Trees for fish: Angler Riparian Partnerships Program' ARI (123 Brown St Heidelberg) also Webinar

    Monday 24th
    1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Free event. ARI presents two guest speakers;

    • Richard Faulkner - Conservation in the Kimberley – a perspective from working within an NGO
    • Renae Ayres - Trees for fish: Angler Riparian Partnerships Program

    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

    Central Highlands Environmental Volunteers Networking Event Ballarat Tech School - 136 Albert St, Ballarat

    Saturday 29th
    9:45am - 3:30pm

    Are you part of a volunteer group that cares for nature? Then this event is for you! This is a great chance to network with people like you, who want to see healthier, more resilient environments throughout our urban and rural landscapes.
    MORNING SESSION (9.45am to 1.00pm)
    • Morning tea and networking from 9.45am
    • Meet other groups, learn about their projects and activities
    • Presentation on Victorians Volunteering for Nature and DELWP’s Environmental Volunteer Plan DELWP
    • Presentation and discussion "Reaching out to the public to foster engagement with nature" Rod Lowther - Geelong Field Naturalists Club

    AFTERNOON SESSION (1.30pm to 3.30pm)
    • Presentation and discussion promoting fruitful community/council partnerships for biodiversity Brian Bainbridge - Hepburn Biodiversity Officer
    • Presentation and discussion with Ballarat's new Vegetation Planning and Management Officer Daniel Siemensma - City of Ballarat

    BYO Lunch - Morning and afternoon tea provided

    FREE EVENT - attend either or both sessions. Registration required; Eventbrite.

    Co-hosted by: Victorian Environmental Friends Network (VEFN), Ballarat Environment Network (BEN). Supported by DELWP & Ballarat Tech School.

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