This Week 2015-Nov-24 Platypus Project : Macroinvertebrate Sampling

Sampling

Why sample macroinvertebrates?
Macroinvertebrates are useful indicators of the health or condition of wetlands and other water bodies. They respond to many kinds of pollution, including chemical pollution and physical disturbance to the landscape around the site, wetland structure, and hydrology.

This week we will test some pre-collected water samples from around Eltham, we will see if the macroinvertebrates can tell us a story about the location the water samples were taken, how good the water quality might be and if the area might be good habitat. If you haven’t used the water quality chemical testing kits, it would also be a good night to give them a test.

Once you have your technique sorted, wouldn’t it be great to get out and do some samples (and games) with the Joeys and the Cubs using the “Mini Beasts” theme? We’ll test a few games and see if they would be good to run with the Joey Mob or Cub Packs.

MEETING START: 7:00 pm sharp
MEETING CLOSE: 9:30 pm
LOCATION: Hall
ORGANISER(S): Chris, Tracy, Darren

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[VA Environment] Backyard Aussie Bird Count 2015

Birds

Here is a Term 3 opportunity (Backyard Aussie Bird Count 2015) for Venturers in October for VA Environment.

Can be done at home or around you neighbourhood and there is a App you can download to record details.

Don’t forget to put your Award Proposal to your Unit Council ASAP and remember, you will need to undertake a talk on the Scout Environmental Charter to finish this badge.

Go for it!
Regards,
Peter Datson
Scouts Victoria
Venturer Scout Commissioner – Region

[NOTICE] 2015-Apr-23 (Thu.) Platypus Habitat – Platypus of Diamond Creek Talk

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Platypus of Diamond Creek
You are invited to attend a presentation by platypus biologist Josh Griffiths. Josh will discuss his experience working with platypus in Victoria and Tasmania, as well as the status of the platypus population in Diamond Creek. Refreshments provided

WHEN: Thursday 23rd April 6.30 – 8pm
WHERE: Edendale Farm, 30 Gastons Rd, Eltham
RSVP: by 21st April to Tiana Preston email: tiana.preston@melbournewater.com.au mobile: 0457 522 350

*** Josh will try and survey the Diamond Creek on the same evening of the talk – how many Venturers would be interested in being involved in the survey?

[NOTICE] 2015-Apr-19 Platypus Habitat – Site Visit #2

Platypus+scarf Platypus Habitat – Site Visit #2
Sunday 19th April 12:00 to 4:00pm (the first Sunday back after school starts again). Starting at the 1st Eltham Scout Hall and working South down to Lower Eltham Park.
(There is a separate FB Group for the Platypus Environment project – leave a message here for Justine to add you into the group if you are not there already!)

[NOTICE] 2015-Mar-08 Platypus Habitat – Site Visit #1

Platypus+scarf Platypus Habitat – Site Visit #1
This Sunday 10am to 2pm. Visit the initial 4 study sites and test our field naturalist observations skills, we will also do water testing, and some river morphology sketching. Starting at the 1st Eltham Scout Hall and working South down to Lower Eltham Park.

(There is a separate FB Group for the Platypus Environment project – leave a message here for Justine to add you into the group if you are not there already!)

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