Join an exciting weekend of events on 24-26 March.

In late March our citizen science and field research teams are heading to East Gippsland as part of their ongoing monitoring projects among the trees and by the sea.

Read on for a few ways that you can get involved, or to join us for a chat about what we’re doing to monitor wildlife in this spectacular part of the state.

Science in the Pub – Marlo Hotel, Thursday 24 March

Over the past year, the NatureWatch team and a number of eager citizen scientists have been monitoring for the recovery of wildlife after the recent 2019/20 bushfires in East Gippsland. We would love to share how we started this project, what we have found (so far) and how you can help.

The ReefWatch team will also be there to kick off our twelfth Sea Slug Census in Victorian waters. We’ll introduce you to this group of marvellous molluscs, chat about why we’re capturing data on them, and take any burning questions you have on sea slugs and the Census program.

If you’re also a nudi nerd, we’d love to hear your stories about finding and photographing these amazing animals.

Come down to The Marlo Hotel from 6:30 pm (presentations start at 7:30), grab a bite to eat and let’s talk science!

In search of sea slugs – 25 & 26 March

Join the ReefWatch team, along with some passionate sea slug sleuths and nudibranch nerds, as we search the rocky shores and shallows of Cape Conran Coastal Park for sea slugs! Who knows, you may discover a species unknown to science or a slug that has wandered far beyond its usual range.

ReefWatch’s marine scientists will be hosting two guided rockpool rambles on Friday 25 March and two supervised snorkels on Sunday 26 March. For extra information and to register your attendance, visit our registration page.

Registration is essential. We will be sending through further details to attendees in the lead up to the event. Be sure to register for each activity you would like to attend.

Register for Sea Slug Census activities

The species we find will be added to our database for the twelfth Melbourne Sea Slug Census, 25-28 March.

If you can’t make it to Cape Conran, you can still contribute to the Census by submitting any photos of sea slugs taken anywhere along the Victorian coast during this time. More information on the Sea Slug Census program can be found here.