More Frogs, Less Litter: Improving Merri and Moonee Ponds Creek water quality with the community - a webinar recorded at ACF CERES' 1 November members meeting, where the Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) was invited to speak. Find out more and watch a recording of the webinar here.
Stepping out: Leadership beyond the kindergarten setting - An on-line conversation for early years educators who are developing activities with children beyond kindergarten settings. Find out more and watch a recording of the webinar here.
Evaluation of the 'Creekulum' program - A report on the ambitious and unprecedented creekside education program from 2019, showing how the community, guest educators and a whole-of-school approach worked together to meet the learning goals of Prep to Grade 6.
At home in Whittlesea’s grasslands Webinar - a video of the National Threatened Species Day Webinar on 6 September 2020, with information about the plants of Galada Tamboore and some terrific creatures including a jumpy Growling Grass Frog. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUoz7aY3sAM
Gum Tree Learning - a video about inspiring primary educators to teach with Australian eucalypts with a Merri Creek focus. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-h5TPLbgCY&feature=youtu.be
Celebrating Merri Creek's Biodiversity in Film - A three minute video (done in 2017) showing some of the ways that MCMC connects and communicates with local communities and celebrates local biodiversity.
City of Yarra "froginar" - made by Merri Creek Management Committee staff Trevor Hausler and Julia Cirillo, the Waterwatch Education Team, for the City of Yarra libraries school holiday program, Summer 2020/21.
Discovering the Frogs of Darebin - a "froginar" recorded on Friday 5 June 2020: https://www.mcmc.org.au/discovering-the-frogs-of-darebin
Discovering the Frogs of Whittlesea - a "froginar" recorded on Friday 21 August 2020: https://www.mcmc.org.au/discovering-the-frogs-of-whittlesea
Download our frog quiz as a Word document - images/file/education/Frog-Quiz.docx
Other frog resources
- Melbourne Water frog census FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MWFrogCensus/
- Frog census instructions and where to download the app: https://www.melbournewater.com.au/community-and-education/be-citizen-scientist/frog-census
- USA based research and advocacy organisation for frogs world wide- great free webinars and literature: www.savethefrogs.com/day
- Gardening Australia's "How to create a frog bog habitat" with Costa.
- FrogID is a national citizen science project that is helping us learn more about what is happening to Australia’s frogs.
- (Shared from Frog ID): Frog hotels are certainly doing the rounds on social media right now. It’s amazing to see all the photos being shared of people doing their bit to create habitat in their gardens. Frog hotels provide shelter for tree frogs and should always be strategically positioned in an area out of direct sunlight. There are some fantastic resources out there now that provide all the tips on how build and decorate your very own hotel, and our partners at Bunnings did a fine job on a video as part of their DIY Live program. Click here to watch the full Bunnings DIY Live video on Instagram.
- Junior Landcare - Learning Activities about creating a frog friendly habitat – research, design and construction.
Merri Creek: from wasteland to parklands - A web version of the two metre size panels celebrating MCMC's 25th Anniversary and the outstanding community achievement since 1975 in transforming Merri Creek from a weed-smothered drain to a much-loved waterway running through a bushland corridor: fronts of panels (17MB file); backs of panels (9MB file). (Originally publicly displayed throughout the Merri Creek catchment from 2015-16.)
Ngarri-djarrang spring virtual tour
Join a virtual tour of Ngarri-Djarrang grassland in spring with MCMC’s Ecological Restoration Team. Recorded on Saturday 14 November 2020, see gorgeous wildflowers in bloom and learn about the importance of protecting urban grasslands remnants through community activism and action.
Virtual tour of Marran Baba grasslands
On Saturday 7 November 2020, MCMC’s Ecological Restoration Team hosted a virtual tour of Galgi Ngarrk and Bababi Marning, important reserves for endangered grasslands in Melbourne’s North. Watch the video to learn about the variety of threatened flora and fauna in the reserves, the threats to their survival and how you can help protect them.
Living together: Powerful Owls in Yarra’s neighbourhood
On Sunday 20 September, Merri Creek Management Committee held a webinar about our urban relationships with magnificent Powerful Owls. Watch our video to hear Urban Ecologist and PhD Candidate, Nick Bradsworth (Deakin University), and Senior Biodiversity Officer, Craig Lupton (City of Yarra), share their experience of the secret lives of Powerful Owls (Ninox strenua) in inner Melbourne.
At the Merri Birds Webinar, held on Saturday 12 September, Friends of Merri Creek bird survey leaders spoke about some of their favourite Merri birds, including the Nankeen Night-Heron, Tawny Frogmouth, and Golden-headed Cisticola. Watch our video to find out about the habitats visited and some highlights of the surveys, which have been running since 2008.
At home in Whittlesea’s grasslands
MCMC celebrated National Threatened Species Day 2020 on 6 September, with 58 participants tuning into the Webinar: At home in Whittlesea’s Grasslands. MCMC’s ecologist Michael Longmore (who manages MCMC’s Ecological Restoration Team) and Josh Cox, the Director of Reptile Encounters gave us a virtual tour of Galada Tamboore and some close insights to creatures of the Victorian Volcanic Plain. The video is available here.
Fungi of the Merri
Fungi Webinar recording - Fungal Ecologist Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher, talks about the fungi found near Merri Creek, and their important roles. This is a recording of the Merri Creek Management Committee and Friends of Merri Creek webinar, held in Zoom on Sunday 12 July 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5djSZbWUrXs&feature=emb_title
Other Merri Fungi Resources
- Digital fungi jigsaws: www.mcmc.org.au/information-publications/jigsaws
- Short videos of Merri Fungi featuring fungal ecologist Sapphire McMullan-Fisher
- Merri Fungi Guide: www.friendsofmerricreek.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Fungi_Guide.pdf
- iNaturalist Fungimap: www.inaturalist.org/projects/fungimap-australia
Seeding the Future - indigenous seed collection training videos: https://www.mcmc.org.au/information-publications/older-news/337-seeding-the-future
Celebrating Merri Creek's Biodiversity and learning about indigenous biodiversity and recognising Wurundjeri (the traditional owners) with the community at Merri Creek, Melbourne, Australia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71yXVDvWmxA&feature=youtu.be
Creek Life Jigsaws
Jigsaws from Creek Life: Flora & Fauna of the Merri Creek Valley - 2nd Edition. Artwork by Brian Bainbridge.
|Creek Life cover||Birds of Prey||Jewels in the Grass||Redgum and Inhabitants|
|Merri banks||Waterflow and Waterlife|
|Chip Cherries||Chip Cherries|
Litter clean-ups - A wealth of "how to" information for individuals and groups to safely remove litter from the Merri catchment: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MerriCreekLitterCleanUps/
Covid-safe Litter Clean-ups - A recorded webinar on how to do a Covid-safe litter clean-ups: https://mcmc.org.au/mccrrl-video
Litter Trackers - This project, coordinated by RMIT, Melbourne Water, MCMC and Antonine College, followed the release of five plastic bottles fitted with GPS litter tracker into Merri Creek in May 2019. You can track what happened with the Merri Creek bottles HERE, and also bottles in other waterways around Melbourne HERE.
Polystyrene in the Yarra - This webinar, hosted by the Yarra Riverkeeper Association on 21 May 2020, gives an overview of the amounts of polysterene found in the Yarra River: https://bit.ly/EPSwebinar
Strain the Drains - This video from Tangaroa Blue recaps their project of monitoring some drains to identify the main sources of litter into Port Phillip Bay. This project, partnered by the City of Moreland, helps to develop strategies to reduce the litter load and protect our waterways and marine ecoystems. The data from our litter pickups is sent through to Tangaroa Blue and can be accessed by the community. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoIuX0b5FAo
Maps and virtual tours
Special Sites on Merri Creek - an interactive map: https://www.mcmc.org.au/environmental-education/northern-nature-creek-connections/special-sites/merri-creek
Virtual Catchment Tours of Merri Creek - four Google Earth tours of Merri Creek, a general tour, a grasslands tour, a geological tour, and a tour of Galada Tamboore: https://www.mcmc.org.au/about-merri-creek/virtual-catchment-tour
Aitken Creek's Living Pathways - a graphic tour of a special part of Aitken Creek in Craigieburn, highlighting its rare plants and animals. Aitken Creek is a tributary of Merri Creek: https://merricreek.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=b2dbfd451e3544768bc9adcd1fbb4eed
30 years of transformation of lower Merri Creek - this graphic tour takes you to a series of sites along Merri Creek in East Brunswick and Northcote, with images from more than 30 years ago: https://www.mcmc.org.au/information-publications/latest-news/798-merri-creek-30th-tour
Volcano Bingo - test your knowledge on volcanoes: https://www.mcmc.org.au/environmental-education/more-activities
Volcanoes of Northern Melbourne - text article with links to further information: https://www.mcmc.org.au/environmental-education/northern-nature-creek-connections/volcanoes
Darebin Council’s Water Map - explore Darebin Council’s interactive map of it's water sensitive projects, such as raingardens, swales, etc: http://water.darebin.vic.gov.au/
MCMC's Waterwatch program - a narrated powerpoint with Julia Cirillo, MCMC Waterwatch Coordinator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoD8AIjsHwo&feature=youtu.be
2012 talk about the general state of Merri Creek and the discovery of a platypus stuck in rubbish - Jane Bevelander, MCMC Healthy Waterways Waterwatch Coordinator from 2009-2016 talks to Leader Newspapers reporter, Andrew Jefferson on 13 February 2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONSYgVjdmFA
Waterwatch Water Quality Summaries - https://www.mcmc.org.au/environmental-education/waterwatch/waterwatch-water-quality-summaries
Melbourne Water education resources - https://www.melbournewater.com.au/community-and-education/education/browse-resources-year-level#all