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Full Calendar of Events 2016


Summer Holiday program

Survivor!

Experience how people have been able to live in the Aussie Bush for thousands of years. This fun and active session will have you learning how to hunt, navigate, build a shelter and find your own food! Wear enclosed shoes and remember to be sunsmart.

10am – 12noon for 6-15 year olds.

Bookings Essential: http://www.trybooking.com/JUUP

Visitor Centre Update

Visitor Centre rennovations are well under way. Works are expected to be completed early in the year. Stay tuned for information about our Opening Event.

Clean up Australia Day

Meet at the Visitor Centre. Registration essential, from 9:45am.

Wear appropriate clothing, including enclosed shoes. Don't forget your sunscreen, water bottle and hat.
Tools and gloves (if you don't bring your own) supplied.
Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult (parent or guardian).

Join us for an hour or two. Finish at 12noon.

 

Note: This is our only Sunday Working Bee for the year.

Weeding area prepared by the Green Army

Meet at the Visitor Centre. 10am to 12noon.
Bring gloves if have them. Tools provided.
Don't forget your sunscreen, hat and water bottle.

Autumn Bird Survey

BLACKBURN LAKE SANCTUARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Invites you to our annual
Autumn Bird Survey
Saturday April 9th @ 7.30am
for an 8.00am start! (NB: Daylight saving will be over!)
Meet at the beautiful new Visitor Centre…
Under Bunjil’s wing!
Central Rd Blackburn
(Melway 48 B11)
Join us for a stroll around the sanctuary to spot as many species as we can for our Autumn survey, and find out if the dry summer has had an effect on the numbers of birds.
Last year’s Autumn tally was 35 species!
Enjoy a cuppa and raisin toast after the walks
with the Friends and our knowledgeable leaders:
 Ian Moodie: City of Whitehorse, a fun leader, keen birdwatcher,
and nature photographer extraordinaire!
 Jenny Frohlich: from Birds Australia, who has been keeping track
of our Blackie lake birds for years, and
 Geoff Deason: also from Birds Australia, who has been
recording the birds in the sanctuary for over 40 years!
Thank you Geoff!
Bring binoculars if you have some, but they are not essential.
No need to book. All Welcome!
www.blackburnlakesanctuary.org

Weeding Rosella Rise

Meet at the Visitor Centre. 10am to 12noon.
Bring gloves if have them. Tools provided.
​Don't forget your sunscreen, hat and water bottle.

Weeding and Mulching

Meet at the Visitor Centre. 10am to 12noon.
Bring gloves if have them. Tools provided.
​Don't forget your sunscreen, hat and water bottle.

Sorry Day - Reconciliation Week

7:30pm to 9pm at the Visitor Centre

Join us as we discover and learn more about the diverse and complex culture of the original custodians of this land, and have a yarn with Uncle John Baxter.

All Welcome

 

Reconciliation Week

2pm to 4pm at the Visitor Centre

Join us as we continue our journey towards Reconciliation to discover and learn more about the diverse and complex culture of the original custodians of this land, and have a yarn with Uncle John Baxter.

All Welcome.

Prepare for Community Planting Day

Prepare area for planting

Meet at the Visitor Centre. 10am to 12noon.
Bring gloves if have them. Tools provided.
​Don't forget your sunscreen, hat and water bottle.

Living with Dinosaurs

 2pm at the Visitor Centre.

The past few decades has seen our understanding of the evolutionary history of birds revolutionised with spectacular finds from Asia. These have allowed palaeontologists to determine the amazing fact that birds evolved from dinosaurs. But what evidence do we actually have that this is the case? There is a plethora of evidence to be found in bones. But what other lines of evidence do we have?
Travis Park will provide insight into evidence that reveals that dinosaurs are not extinct at all, and soar above our heads every day.

All Welcome.

Community Planting Day

Meet at the Visitor Centre. 10am to 12noon.

Help us plant up and infill the area prepared last year by the Green Army
Bring gloves if have them. Tools provided.
​Don't forget your  hat and water bottle.

Experiences in Nepal

2pm at the Visitor Centre

A father and son recount their experiences helping to rebuild a school in Nepal after the massive eartquakes in April.

BLSAC Committee Member, Mark Landmann and his son, travelled recently to Western Nepal with a World Vision Australia Group to observe and participate in World Vision Nepal's fieldwork in some of the poorest parts of this, one of the poorest countries in the world.

A key member of this same travelling party was World Vision Australia Chief of Staff and local Blackburn resident, Leigh Cameron.

At this talk Mark and Leigh will relate their observations and understandings of this important humanitarian work by World Vision Nepal, which, while often viewed within the context of emergency responses to the 2014 earthquakes, has actually been transforming the lives of vulnerable people for many years.  

All Welcome.

Planting & Weeding

Meet at the Visitor Centre. 10am to 12noon.

Plant any left overs from last month and weed around the Arm and Friends Bridge.
Bring gloves if have them. Tools provided.
​Don't forget your  hat and water bottle.

Tales and Tails

Come & listen to local children’s author/illustrator, Lucienne Noontil, read her story “Possum Tale” & discover clever ways that animals use their tails. Create your own possum with nifty ring-tail to take home, or try writing your own tale about tails! Suitable for the young, the young at heart, & budding authors! 

2pm to 4pm at the Visitor Centre.

Carpark off Central Rd
All Welcome Free event

Bushcare's Major Day Out

Join us for Bushcare's Major Day Out.

10am to 12noon. Meet at the Visitor Centre

A special effort to get rid of those pesky perennial weeds.

Bring gloves if have them. Tools provided.
​Don't forget your hat and water bottle.

Note: Our event is on Saturday NOT Sunday when other groups may be doing the Major Day Out

 

Talking Turtles

Talking Turtles, with Turtles Australia Inc

Meet some live turtles up close; learn how to identify the different species, and how you can be part of the TurtleSAT Community Mapping Project.
Your Gold Coin donation will help fund their valuable research and work to protect and preserve populations and habitats of Australian freshwater turtles.

2pm to 4pm at the Visitor Centre
Car park off Central Rd Blackburn

All Welcome. Gold Coin Donation

Bushland Education –September School Holiday Program 2016

‘Birds of the Bush’ for 8-12 year olds: September 23rd 10am-12pm

Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Visitor Centre (Central Road, Blackburn)

Be guided on a walk around this beautiful bushland habitat to spot some of the birds that visit Blackburn Lake at this time of year. Learn about their special features and favourite foods before making your own bird-mobile at the Visitor Centre.

Bookings Essential – Trybooking See below. For more information – Lisa Moloney ph. 9262 6211

Please note: Children must be accompanied by an adult.

https://www.trybooking.com/225555

 

Bushland Education –September School Holiday Program 2016

‘Wildflower Wander’ for the whole family: September 28th 10am-12pm

Yarran Dheran Bushland Reserve Visitor Centre (Ashburton Drive, Mitcham)

Yarran Dheran is bursting with colour in Spring! Join us for an interactive walk around the bushland reserve  to spot some wildflowers and learn about some of these little beauties of the bush. The session will conclude with a colourful craft activity.

Bookings Essential –  Try booking See Below
For more information – Lisa Moloney ph. 9262 6211
Please note: Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

https://www.trybooking.com/225559

Bushland Education –September School Holiday Program 2016

‘Wetlands and Waterways’ for 5-12 year olds: Thursday September 29th 10am-12pm
Note change of date to Thursday

Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Visitor Centre (Central Road, Blackburn)

Explore the wetlands of Blackburn Lake Sanctuary and learn about where the water comes from and how we can protect this very special habitat. We will even have a close up look at some of the important little creatures that you would not usually see.

Bookings Essential –  Try booking See below
For more information – Lisa Moloney ph. 9262 6211
Please note: Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

https://www.trybooking.com/225563

WeedBuster Month

October is WeedBuster Month
Help us to make a differnce.

10 am to 12noon. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

Bring gloves if you have them. Tools and some gloves provided.

 

 

WeedBusters

10am to 12noon. Meet at the Visitor Centre

A special effort to get rid of those pesky weeds.

Bring gloves if have them. Tools provided.
​Don't forget your hat and water bottle.

Spring Bird Survey - Breakfast with the Birds

BLACKBURN LAKE SANCTUARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Invites you to our annual
Spring Bird Survey
Saturday October 8th at 7.30am
Meet at the Visitor Centre
Central Rd Blackburn    (Melway 48 B11)
Join us for a stroll around the sanctuary to spot as many species as we can for our Spring survey.
Enjoy a cuppa and raisin toast after the walk
with the Friends and our knowledgeable leaders:
 Ian Moodie: City of Whitehorse, a fun leader, keen birdwatcher,
and nature photographer extraordinaire!
 Greg Oakley: Internationally recognised bird photographer, member Birdlife Australia and 5 times Twitchathon winner.

Bring binoculars if you have them, but they are not essential.

 

No need to book. All Welcome!

WeedBusters

10am to 12noon. Meet at the Visitor Centre

 

A special effort to get rid of those pesky weeds.

Bring gloves if have them. Tools provided.
​Don't forget your hat and water bottle.

WeedBuster's Final

10am to 12noon. Meet at the Visitor Centre

 

Last chance to get rid of those pesky weeds.

Bring gloves if have them. Tools provided.
​Don't forget your hat and water bottle.

Note: No working next week 29th October as it is Cup Weekend.

Twilight Working Bee

Last Working Bee for the year! Meet at the Visitor Centre.

Bring gloves if you have them. Tools and some gloves provided.

6pm to 8pm followed by refreshments. Hopefully celebrate the Year's efforts.

Check this years planted areas and weed where necessary.
Clean up around VC, Picnic area and Playground.

Join us for the first Working Bee for 2017

9:30am to 11:30am
Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
Please join us for morning tea after.
Activity levels to suit all abilities.
Children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Don’t forget your hat and water bottle.

Clean up Australia Day

Registration from 9:30am. Finish 12 noon.

Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
Please join us for morning tea after.
Activity levels to suit all abilities.
Children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Don’t forget your hat and water bottle.

Note: This is our only Sunday working bee for the year.

Weeding

9:30am to 11:30am
Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
Please join us for morning tea after.
Activity levels to suit all abilities.
Children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Don’t forget your hat and water bottle.

Possum Prowl

Meet at the Visitor Centre at 6:30pm for a 7pm start, returning by 9pm.
What other night creatures do you
think we might discover?
Bring a torch with red cellophane, binoculars if you have them.
Wear suitable clothes for the weather and enclosed shoes.
Not suitable for the very young or strollers.

For more information, ring  9877 9235 & leave a return number. Or email blsac@bigpond.com

Weeding last year's Planted Area

9:30am to 11:30am
Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
Please join us for morning tea after.
Activity levels to suit all abilities.
Children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Don’t forget your hat and water bottle.

Bird Survey - Breakfast with the Birds

Meet at the Visitor Centre: 7:30am for  an 8am start.

Who’s visiting the Sanctuary this Autumn?   Stay on for raisin toast & cuppa! With Ian, Greg & Birdlife Australia experts and the Friends.

You don’t have to be an expert; beginner bird watchers are most welcome!  Bring binoculars if you have them, and kids, please bring an adult!

     No bookings required.

Prepare area for Winter Planting

9:30am to 11:30am
Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
Please join us for morning tea after.
Activity levels to suit all abilities.
Children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Don’t forget your hat and water bottle.

FINDING FASCINATING FUNGI

At the Visitor Centre: 2pm to 4pm
Walk & Talk with Cecily Falkingham
,   well-known local naturalist & environmental educator.
No need to book.

Celebrating Reconciliation Week

Celebrating Reconciliation Week
Join us for the flag raising ceremony at Nangnak Gardens (behind Whitehorse  Civic Centre)
National Sorry Day Friday May 26th  2-3pm
Booking Essential    RSVP asap   9262 6443             
 

You are invited to the Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Visitor Centre

Sunday       May 28th     1pm — 3pm Weaving, yarning, & learning Culture with Donna, whose works are part of the “Weaving the Waterways: Women and Fishing” exhibition at Koorie Heritage Trust, Federation Square.

And on   Sunday June 4th    2pm — 4pm   also at the Visitor Centre, a special viewing and discussion of the film “Charlie’s Country”.
Chat with Uncle John, & Whitehorse Friends for Reconciliation.

Create a Bird-Friendly Garden

6pm to 8pm at the Visitor Centre

Free event for Sustainability Week
Bookings essential:
birdfriendlygarden.eventbrite.com.au

Learn how to design a garden ao attract small native birds. Richard Rowe from Sustainable Gardening will talk about how to  improve the habitat in your backyard to create an oasis for both yourself and local wildlife to enjoy.

Planting

9:30am to 11:30am
Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
Please join us for a special morning tea provided by Regis Blackburn (next door) afterwards.
Activity levels to suit all abilities.
Children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Don’t forget your hat and water bottle.

Community Planting Day

9:30am to 11:30am
Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
Please join us for morning tea after.
Activity levels to suit all abilities.
Children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Don’t forget your hat and water bottle.

Timelines of the Middle Yarra Re-Visited

In 1995, the Timelines six season calendar was created to provide a structure to understand local events in nature; so what has changed in the past 22 years?

Presented by Glen Jameson, researcher & co-author of this calendar

2pm at the Visitor Centre. This is a free event. No booking.
All Welcome

Follow up on Winter Planting

9:30am to 11:30am
Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
Please join us for morning tea after.
Activity levels to suit all abilities.
Children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Don’t forget your hat and water bottle.

“Wild Orchids – wild gems”

“Urimbirra” Little Desert Landcare Co-op are sharing their AGM Guest Speaker with us! - Gary Backhouse  presenting “Wild Orchids – wild gems”
 

Gary has a keen interest in natural history and wild orchids and has visited major orchid areas throughout Australia and the world, photographing about 5,000 species of orchids in the wild. He has co-authored several books on orchids including 'Wild Gems: A guide to the wild orchids of Victoria, Australia'. Gary will talk about the orchids of Victoria and his new book, Bush Gems.
2pm at the Visitor Centre. This is a free event. No booking.
All Welcome

Bushcare's Major Day Out

9:30am to 11:30am
Note: Our event is on Saturday
Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
Please join us for morning tea after.
Activity levels to suit all abilities.
Children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Don’t forget your hat and water bottle.

Spatial ecology of the Powerful Owl

Presented by researcher Nick Bradsworth.

Come and hear how this magnificent, but elusive bird survives in suburbia, and how we can help! What to do if you spot one!

Citizen Scientists welcome!

2pm at the Visitor Centre. This is a free event. No booking.
All Welcome

BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS

Counting Bird species again for our Spring Survey
Stay on for raisin toast & cuppa! You don’t have to be an expert; beginner bird watchers are most welcome!  Bring binoculars if you have them, and kids, please bring an adult! 
Meet at the Visitor Centre: 7:30am for an 8am start.
All welcome. No booking required.

Spring Weeding

9:30am to 11:30am
Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
Please join us for morning tea after.
Activity levels to suit all abilities.
Children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Don’t forget your hat and water bottle.

WeedBuster Month

9:30am to 11:30am
Every Saturday Morning in October. 
Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
Please join us for morning tea after.
Activity levels to suit all abilities.
Children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Don’t forget your hat and water bottle.

Make a Difference

9:30am to 11:30am
WeedBuster Month continues
Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
Please join us for morning tea after.
Activity levels to suit all abilities.
Children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Don’t forget your hat and water bottle.

WeedBusters

9:30am to 11:30am
Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
Please join us for morning tea after.
Activity levels to suit all abilities.
Children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Don’t forget your hat and water bottle.

WeedBuster's Final

9:30am to 11:30am
Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
Please join us for morning tea after.
Activity levels to suit all abilities.
Children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Don’t forget your hat and water bottle.

Twilight Working Bee

6pm to 8pm. Clean up around VC and gardens.
Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
Please join us for snack and chat afterwards.
 

An Introduction to Biodiversity

Australia has hundreds of thousands of terrestrial invertebrate species, (or creatures without backbones) many never encountered by most people.  Most of them are arthropods but there are many other groups including microscopic forms such as protozoans, gastrotrichs and tardigrads.

Many terrestrial invertebrates are cryptozoic, nevertheless they are critical components of life on Earth.
Meet them up close and personal, out in the bush, and on the big screen, Max’s intriguing presentation is heavily supported by macro photography and microscopical video of seldom seen invertebrates.
Presented by Max Campbell, President of the Field naturalists Club of Victoria and active naturalist and accomplished microscopist and photographer.
2pm at the Visitor Centre.
All Welcome. This a free event no booking required.