Newsletter of the Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC)
We are delighted that face-to-face community events are back after the long, pandemic-induced pause. There are a number of ways you can keep up to date about upcoming community activities.
During lock-down we ran a number of webinars; you can still view these via our digital resources page.
(Photo: Wednesday Volunteers removing Gorse at Galgi Ngarrk on 24 March.)
MCMC recently led two walks along Merri Creek looking for small birds, microbats and frogs. The first was on World Wetlands Day, 2 February, at Merri Park Northcote, and the second was in late March at Moomba Park, Fawkner. Frogs were heard calling, many birds were spotted and some microbats recorded.
At the Fawkner event participants looked for places to install nest boxes, while at the Merri Park some of the 60 nestboxes that were installed in 2019 & 2020 were checked for occupation. A camera connected to a long pole was used to look inside nestboxes without having to climb trees and with minimal disturbance to any creatures inisde the boxes. At both locations a small Echo meter device assisted identification by picking up the microbats' calls, which are inaudible to humans.
Generous donations to the Merri Creek Environment Fund are helping with the second year of the Merri Creek Nest Box Pilot Project.
60 artificial hollows were installed in Merri Park south of Arthurton Rd, Northcote. These aim to create habitat for smaller hollow-nesting arboreal species such as microbats and small birds (like pardalotes), and thus increase biodiversity along Merri Creek. The report of the first year is here.
Now we want to set up a Nest Box Monitoring Group. Volunteer monitoring of the nest boxes will help us find out which bird and bat species are using the artificial hollows; what type of hollows they prefer; and what pests we need to manage for.
MCMC is proud to have played a part in the creation of an indigenous grassland at the National Gallery of Victoria. The garden, which formed part of the installation, In Absence, showcases an expanse of Kangaroo Grass, Murnong and Poa behind the main NGV (International) building.
We provided specialist advice to Melbourne architecture studio Edition Office on cultural and sustainability matters and detailed technical information, on site preparation and a plant list.
Our experience of delivering the Learning Grounds program formed the basis for much of our advice. Learning Grounds assists schools and community groups to develop indigenous gardens. We could also help your school or group to establish an indigenous garden - just contact us.
During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, MCMC's expertise and knowledge was deployed to help in the supervision and training of three Litter Data Officers employed by Moreland Council. The role of these Litter Officers was to examine the state of litter and its sources across the municipality.
Litter audits were conducted around several different sites including the Merri, Moonee Ponds and Westbreen Creeks, and in a variety of built-up site types. The results provide information that can help design education programs on source reduction and on locations for infrastructure, such as litter traps.
A new project is providing much needed information on the ecological health of Merri Creek. Since mid-2020 MCMC has been involved in a collaborative project with RMIT University that has installed sensors in the creek. These measure water temperature and light every hour, and turbidity (water clarity) every two minutes.
The sensors are located in Merri Creek at two sites, one in Galada Tamboore (Lalor) and the other in North Fitzroy. Data from the sensors is accessed without having to enter the stream. The turbidity data can be accessed remotely while the light and temperature data can be viewed in near-real time from the creekside via Bluetooth to a personal device. Contact Julia Cirillo if you'd like to access the data.
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|15 Apr 2021;|
06:30PM - 08:00PM
Discovering the Frogs of Merri Edgars Wetland, Coburg
|17 Apr 2021;|
10:00AM - 03:00PM
Waterwatch workshop - Learn how to check waterway health - MCMC
|18 Apr 2021;|
10:00AM - 12:30PM
Woody Weed Whacking, Bababi Marning #2 in 2021 - Friends of Merri Creek
|18 Apr 2021;|
01:00PM - 03:30PM
Friends of Edgars Creek Streambank and escarpment revegetation
|28 Apr 2021;|
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Wednesday Volunteers - Friends of Merri Creek
|02 May 2021;|
08:45AM - 10:30AM
Merri Bird Survey #2 in 2021 - Friends of Merri Creek
Merri Creek Management Committee. 2 Lee St, East Brunswick, Victoria, Australia 3057
Phone:(03) 9380 8199 Email: email@example.com ABN: 13 025 599 242
© Merri Creek Management Committee