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NatureWatch

Volunteers prepare for a wildlife monitoring survey in the Grampians.

Volunteers take part in native grasslands monitoring.

 

NatureWatch brings together community groups, scientists and land managers to develop and manage projects that get volunteers out into the field monitoring native plants and animals.

The information they gather is then used to understand more about the health of Victoria's natural environment, and how we can better look after it.

 

How do I volunteer?

Getting involved with NatureWatch is a fun and important way of contributing to nature conservation in Victoria.

 

>> Caught on Camera
>> Grasslands
>> Grass Tree monitoring
>> Listening for nature
>> Sign-up for email updates

Our volunteers can end up doing anything from counting leaves on a threatened plant species, listening to frog calls or even setting up motion-sensing cameras to monitor forest mammals.

Monitoring usually runs for a single day and is a great way of meeting other people interested in nature and science, sharing skills you may already have in this field and learning from others.

Be the first to hear about our upcoming monitoring events. Register for NatureWatch email updates!

 

What do I get out of NatureWatch?

  • You get to work with a great team of volunteers and meet people from a wide age range with an interest in nature.
  • Build your skills and experience in nature conservation.
  • Networking.
  • Learning new skills.
  • Spending time in the bush.

 

What skills do I need?

Full training is provided to all volunteers, so whether you are a beginner or experienced ecologist, we would love to have you onboard.

 

Why monitor?

There is so much we still need to learn about nature in Victoria if we are to manage our natural areas for conservation.

Leading scientists agree that one of the best ways of better managing our natural areas is to learn more about them:

There is an extraordinary scarcity of systematic long term data sets on the status of flora, fauna and natural resources in Victoria. There is a clear need for systematic, long term monitoring of biodiversity across the state.

- Bennett, A and A.Haslem, D.Cheal, M.Clarke, R.Jones, J.Lake, L.Lumsden, I.Lunt, B. Mackey, P.Menkhorst, T.New, G.Newell, T.O' Hara, G.Quinn, J.Radford, D.Robinson, J. Watson, A.Yen (2007) Ecological Processes: A key element in strategies for conserving biodiversity in Victoria. Submission to the White Paper- Call for Submissions.

 

Supporters

Nature Watch is supported by the Rowe Family Foundation, managed by Perpetual.

 

More info

To get involved contact NatureWatch Coordinator Christine Connelly at christinec@vnpa.org.au or phone 9341 6510.