We often think of using balloons when we mark a special occasion. But if used outdoors, balloons and their ribbons and clips can end up in waterways and oceans, harming birds and other aquatic animals through ingestion and entanglement.
Balloons can be fun. But they don’t belong outside. Merri Creek Management Committee has signed on as an official suppporter of Zoos Victoria's When Balloon's Fly, Seabirds Die campaign. We won't use balloons at any events and we're encouraging others to do the same. You can take the pledge at the Zoos Victoria website.
Friday 24 November, 10am-3:30pm
Darebin Parklands Environment Centre, end of Separation St, Alphington (map here)
Free training session to become a volunteer Waterwatch monitor on the Darebin and Merri creeks in specific pollution hot spots. No previous experience necessary. By monitoring water quality and biological indicators and observing the environment we can learn about the health of waterways and help identify problems. Bookings essential.
Has thirty years of restoration of the Merri Creek made a difference? Woodland birds think so! Friends of Merri Creek quarterly birdwatch data give us a wildlife ‘census’ at the Merri Creek woodlands in Fawkner and Reservoir. These woodland have expanded by thirty hectares in thirty years. Up to 33 woodland birds now use the tree canopy, understorey shrubs, native groundcover and sparse leaf-litter strewn ground.
Merri Creek open space is again under threat from a government authority declaring creek-side land 'surplus' to its requirements. In this latest case, VicRoads is preparing to sell land in Fawkner, zoned Public Park & Recreation Zone (PPRZ), for residential development. A sub-standard creek corridor reserve is part of the proposal. The lack of leadership and vision at the State-level for our waterway corridors is deeply worrying, especially when it concerns a creek of Merri Creek's significance.
Lessons from a suburban front yard:
Over summer, a fascinating array of insect life visited the wildlife garden at the Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) depot in East Brunswick. Their presence in the garden illustrates some valuable principles of wildlife gardening. See the pdf article.
Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) has been awarded $45,000 from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation to update our mapping capabilities. The 90 year-old charity aims to make ‘a real and lasting impact on the big challenges facing Melbourne’. Currently, one of its key areas is protecting water eco-systems.
|24 Nov 2017;|
10:00AM - 03:30PM
Waterwatch Water Quality Workshop
|26 Nov 2017;|
08:45AM - 10:30AM
Friends of Merri Creek Bird Survey 4 continued
|02 Dec 2017;|
01:00PM - 03:00PM
MECCARG End of Year Celebration
|03 Dec 2017;|
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Litter Clean Up – North Coburg (Friends of Merri Creek )
|03 Dec 2017;|
02:00PM - 03:30PM
Streamteam Water Quality Testing (Friends of Merri Creek)
|06 Dec 2017;|
06:30PM - 08:00PM
Help plan the Friends of Merri Creek 2018 Hands-On Activities