Tawny frogmouths are becoming more common along Merri Creek’s middle reaches and four nesting sites were once spotted on a 2 kilometre walk between Egan’s Reserve in Coburg and CERES in Brunswick. We think this is because revegetation sites make ideal hunting grounds, the eucalypts planted around 25 years ago are now mature enough to support Frogmouths, and they are relatively safe along the Merri from traffic.
Photo was taken at Egan Reserve Coburg by Karla Pringle
In November 2015, MCMC received $12,900 funding from Yarra City Council for the project: Merri Yarra Biik: Strengthening the Merri Yarra confluence area environmentally and culturally, which aims to build the relationship between the Wurundjeri Council and community including MCMC. It involves Wurundjeri ceremonies, traditional scarring of suitable trees, and planting 300 indigenous plants.
Young Campbellfield Heights Primary School students visited Galada Tamboore in October 2015 and sat beside Merri Creek learning to connect with the place as Wurundjeri Country, including the use of Woiwurring language names for plants in their botanic drawings. This visit was funded by a Communities for Nature grant to Friends of Merri Creek.
In October 2015, Brunswick North West Primary School students celebrated their water project supported by MCMC and a State Government grant: Melbourne’s water: Proactive from Brunswick, in their thriving new indigenous garden by thinking about how water works at school around a symbolic blue drip.
Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Perry Wandin, and his daughter Renee created a fabulous contribution to Thornbury Primary School’s new Woiwurrung indigenous garden by carving Bunjil high up into the 3 metre tall tree stump in October 2015. MCMC facilitated the carving and organised the indigenous garden as part of our Learning Grounds program.
The results of Merri Creek Management Committee's (MCMC) 2014-15 Golden Sun Moth survey are now available. The surveys were conducted at Bababi Marning (Cooper Street Grassland), which is a native grassland reserve adjacent to Merri Creek in Campbellfield.
Since 2012 a Communities for Nature Grant has allowed MCMC to conduct annual Golden Sun Moth searches and vegetation surveys to help us understand how to protect the habitat of this critically endangered, day-flying moth. See the report summarising the survey results here.
The heavy rain from Friday 1st to Monday 4th December 2017 brought floods to many parts of Victoria and although Merri Creek wasn't badly hit, the creek was still high and flowing fast - as shown in this photo looking upstream from Blyth St, Brunswick East on Saturday 2nd December. As is now usual following high flow events in the Merri catchment, the creek turned a distinct muddy colour and has carried lots of litter downstream.
Fawkner Primary School hit the ground running with early excursions in February to Merri Creek. Students explored the life cycles of indigenous animals such as the Spotted Marsh Frog, the Short Finned Eel and the Damselfly. They became acquainted with indigenous plants along the way, through sketching and printing with our local plants. The activities were funded through Moreland Council’s annual contribution to MCMC.