Coastal Plants and Beach Combing

Presenter: Naomi Wells, Bellarine Catchment Network

Have you wanted to know the names of plants that you see along coastal trails? Or what makes plants special and unique? Perhaps you would like to learn more about the diverse array of plants and animals found in the intertidal zone?

Join Naomi from Bellarine Catchment Network and learn about some beautiful local plants that you can find near you, as well as introducing you to different animals that live in the intertidal zone.

Naomi will take you on an adventure to meet four different types of animals, telling you a little bit about their lives. You will also find six plant species that exist right across Victoria and could be in your backyard!

Be sure to print the Beachcombing activity (PDF 3 MB) to take along to the beach.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could take the time to fill out this evaluation form – your feedback will help us shape future programs.

This video contains closed captions in:

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Punjabi
  • Vietnamese.

How shorelines are “Sand”wiched between a rock and a hard, soft or wet place

Presented by: Neville Rosengren, Honorary Research Associate, Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution, La Trobe University.

Did you miss our live event on the 12th of January? Watch the encore presentation here!

Neville will describe and graphically illustrate the key processes that shape the more than 2,000 km of Victorian coast.

The Capes (e.g. Otway) and Bays (e.g. Western Port) that give the distinctive form of the coastline have diverse origins.

Granites at Gabo Island and Wilsons Promontory respond very differently to storms and rising sea-level than do mangroves on mud in Corner Inlet and the sands of the Ninety Mile Beach.

Neville will go back in time (confidently) to look at shorelines of the past, and forward (tentatively) to shorelines of the future. Each distinctive region of the Victorian coast will be given a mention and a view.

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Nature Imitating Art

This is a self-guided audio tour (podcast) presented by Virginia Mosk, Marine Education Science and Community.

Local artists take us along the Bayside Coastal Art Trail discussing Aboriginal art and history, and the more recent expressionist and Heidelberg School.

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What to bring

Suitable clothing for the weather conditions – be sun smart.

  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
  • Bottle of water.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sturdy shoes.
  • Bayside parking sticker (if you have one).

Across the Heads

This is a self-guided audio tour (podcast) presented by Mark Rodrigue, Parks Victoria and Greg Muller.

Jump on board the Queenscliff to Sorrento Ferry with Parks Victoria‘s Mark Rodrigue for a podcast providing insights into the many natural and cultural values of the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park and other areas at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay.

What to bring

Suitable clothing for the weather conditions – be sun smart.

  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
  • Bottle of water.
  • Insect repellent.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could take the time to fill out this evaluation form – your feedback will help us shape future programs.

Penguin Protectors – Meet the Middle Island Maremma Guardian Dogs

Please book for this live event here.

Presented by: Patricia Corbett, Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare

Come along with me, Trish, and get up close and personal with the amazing dogs that protect penguins on Middle Island. You will learn about the Little Penguins that live along the coastline of Victoria and what we can do to help protect the amazing marine life that live in our ocean.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could take the time to fill out this evaluation form – your feedback will help us shape future programs.

 

Coast Kids 21 January 2020 – Blanket Bay

Coast Kids – Blanket Bay





Join in and learn about your local marine and coastal environment with fun activities and crafts.

 

This Event is suitable for all ages. Children under 18 years of age must be supervised by an accompanying adult.


 




What to Bring…

 

Suitable clothing for weather conditions on the day, water bottle, hat, sun screen, insect repellent and snacks.

 

Bring along happy disposition, an inquisitive nature and a smile !



  • Bottle of water

  • Fly repellant

  • Food eg. snacks

  • Hat

  • Sturdy Shoes no thongs

  • Sunscreen


Where to meet…



The meeting place for this activity is the day visitor area at Blanket Bay Camp Ground.


Whats happening with our Southern Right Whales? 14 January 2020 – Cowes



Whale expert Mandy Watson has been researching and monitoring Southern Right Whales for over 25 years. Catch her fascinating presentation about the importance of photo-ID research and how citizen scientists support the conservation of this Critically Endangered species. 



This Event is suitable for all ages. Children under 18 years must be accompanied by a supervising adult.





What to Bring…

 

Suitable clothing for the weather conditions – be sun smart




  • Bottle of water

  • Food eg. snacks

  • A happy disposition, an inquisitive nature and a smile!


Where to meet…

The meeting place for this activity is the Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre


The Glenelg Estuary our new RAMSAR listed site 21 January 2020 – Warrnambool




NO BOOKINGS REQUIRED



This time two years ago, the wait was on for the declaration of the Glenelg Estuary and Discovery Bay (GEDB) as a Ramsar site. That came on 28 February 2018 when the site was designated as Ramsar site number 2344 in August 2018 as Australia’s 66th wetland of international importance.  


The GEDB wetlands stretch across more than 22,000 hectares of land along 50 km of coastline, including the Lower Glenelg National Park, Discovery Bay Coastal Park and the Nelson Streamside Reserve. Within the site are the 75km long Glenelg Estuary, a beach and dune system, and freshwater wetlands.   The area has important recreation and tourism values and, for the Traditional Owners, the people of the Gunditjmara Nation, it is valued as an important cultural site, with significant food sources and meeting places.  


It is a critical habitat for a rich diversity of native birds, fish and invertebrates, including several threatened species. The site supports 95 waterbird species including the endangered Australasian bittern, great knot and Eastern curlew. It provides food, spawning grounds and nurseries for a range of fish including 14 native species, such as the Yarra pygmy perch, and a path for species which migrate between the region’s salt and fresh waters. 


At this informative presentation, you will hear from a range of presenters (via video) on the exceptional natural values of the Glenelg Estuary and Discovery Bay Ramsar site and find out how it’s ecological character is being maintained for current and future generations.





This Event is suitable for all ages. Children under 18 years must be accompanied by a supervising adult.





Where to meet…




The meeting place for this activity is in the La Bella Room at the Pavilion Cafe, Warrnambool.


Slugging it out for Science 17 January 2020 – Warrnambool




NO BOOKINGS REQUIRED





Solar powered, acid spitting, masters of disguise and kleptomaniac! Not the first words that pop into your head when you think of Sea-Slugs. However, when you are soft and squishy it turns out you develop some amazing life skills to ensure your survival. Share an evening with Kade Mills (Reef Watch Coordinator with the Victorian National Parks Association) as he delves into the colourful world of sea slugs. Kade will tell us about the best places to find sea slugs and nudibranchs locally and share some tips for finding these sometime elusive critters! Hear about the work citizen scientists are doing as Kade shares the results of the Sea Slug Census and of course there will be spectacular images!



This Event is suitable for all ages. Children under 18 years must be accompanied by a supervising adult.





What to Bring…

 

Yourself, your listening ears and all of your sea slug related questions. 





Where to meet…

The meeting place for this activity is in the La Bella Room at the Pavilion Cafe, Warrnambool.


Junior Rangers ClimateWatch Trail Walk 23 January 2020 – Ocean Grove Nature Reserve


Become a Citizen Scientist and record your sightings using the FREE ‘ClimateWatch’ smartphone application. Download the FREE ClimateWatch app on your device and register before the day.


The activity is suitable for children aged 8-12.


Activities may be rescheduled, changed or cancelled due to adverse weather or for emergency response.


Please meet at the Information Centre, Ocean Grove Nature Reserve (off Grubb road)