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Well that’s it for 2021!
These are the events delivered by SCRSHSEN in 2021. You can watch the presentations and catch up at your leisure!
A great opportunity for people of all ages to have engaging, fun experiences with STEM, citizen science, environmental displays, threatened species information, online science and sustainability projects.
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If there is something in the presentations below that really interests you and you would like to know more, get in touch and we’ll help connect you with the relevant people and resources.
We kicked off the Sapphire Coast Science Festival on Friday 13th August, and students from three local schools, enjoyed a feast of STEM and science fun. A strict COVID-19 plan was in place with 1 school only per session, and cleaning between sessions. We were so strict we are not even going to put kids from different schools in the same photo gallery!
The Schools STEM Day was a collaboration between these hub members
Sunday 22nd August – Wally and Minka Explore Tathra Wharf’s Biodiversity
Join us for a fascinating look at some of the hidden creatures attached to the pylons that support Tathra Wharf – a treasure trove of biodiversity just hanging around! This short webinar will focus on the concerns of Minka Waratah, Bega High captain and Bournda EEC Future Leaders Environment Award winner for 2021, who made an amazing short video for National Science Week in 2020 that has had over 40,000 views. Minka’s dad, Luke Hamilton has been helping her out, with the assistance of Wally, the Sapphire Coast Learning Community of Public Schools (SCLC) submersible drone and Bournda EEC teacher Luke Brown. Check out what they have found.
Joined by David Buckley (Project Manager – BVSC), Jayde Rankin and Will (Eden Dive), Libby Hepburn (Atlas of Life) , Luke Brown (BEEC), Wally couldn’t make it but sent some video.
ATLAS OF LIFE SOUTH COAST NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK PROGRAM (Aug 14-21)
You will be blown away by these amazing online opportunities the Atlas of Life is offering for you to learn more about the extraordinary biodiversity and ecosystems of the Far South Coast. Click on the Atlas logo to go to the Atlas of Life website to find out more about how you can play a part in citizen science.
Scroll down to see all the Atlas of Life presentations below:
East Australian Ocean Warming Symposium (Sat 14th); Bee Hotels – to Boost Bees after fire (Mon 16th); A Celebration – The Atlas of Life and iNaturalist (Mon 16th); Glossies in the Mist and Gang-Gang Cockatoos (Tues 17th); The Science of Nestboxes (Wed 18th); Echidna CSI (Wed 18th); Forest Monitoring and Improvement Program (Thurs 19th)
Saturday 14th August – Our East Australian Ocean Warming Symposium
7m15s – 36m THE OCEAN CURRENTS IN A CHANGING CLIMATE – DR NAVID CONSTANTINOU, ANU
36m20s – 1h YEARS OF RESEARCH IN THE SE NSW SEAS – DR NEIL MALAN, UNSW
1h – 1h22m NEMO AND THE DRAGON – THE SAPPHIRE COAST A TRANSITION ZONE – PROF DAVID BOOTH,UTS
1h22m – 1h29m SEA SLUG CENSUS – LIBBY HEPBURN, THE ATLAS OF LIFE IN THE COASTAL WILDERNESS – SEA SLUGS AND RANGE CHANGES ON THE EAST COAST OF AUSTRALIA – PROF STEVE SMITH, SCU Steve was unable to present today but you can see a recorded presentation here
Monday 16th August – Dr Kit Prendergast will be talking about an exciting project for people in and around areas that have been impacted by fires to install bee hotels. These are artificial nesting substrates which provide much needed substrates for cavity-nesting bees to rear their offspring in when their natural substrates have been destroyed by fires. Learn more about bee hotels and how you can bee involved in saving the bees in this Australia-wide citizen science project.
Dr Kit Prendergast, the Bee Babette, native bee ecologist, committee member of the Australian Native Bee Association. Kit is a scientist researching how we can conserve native bees. She has also written a book ‘Creating a Haven for Native Bees’.
Monday 16th August – The Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness is celebrating its 10 years anniversary, so we will have a short trip down memory lane and share some of our favourite events and records. Thomas Mesaglio will give you a tour around our biodiversity mapping platform, the rapidly growing Australian iNaturalist – how you can use it and explore your favourite species, follow fine naturalists and friends and join or set up projects. We will finish with information about the Massive Great Southern BioBlitz which will take place across the Southern hemisphere from 22nd – 25th October 2021.
Tuesday 17th May – To raise the conservation profile of threatened Glossy black- cockatoos (GBC), the Saving our Species, Glossies in the Mist project provided identification training to the Southern Highlands community and invited citizen scientists to submit sightings of GBCs.
Lauren Hook is an ecologist and Saving our Species, Threatened Species Officer working with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
Erna Llenore is a member of Birdlife Australia Southern Highlands and a volunteer with the Glossies in the Mist project.
The Gang-gang has recently been nominated as a nationally endangered species with an average 69% decline in reporting rates over the last three decades. A citizen science project started in 2017 to find out more about Gang-gang nesting hollows as at that time, only two active hollows were known in the ACT. Much valuable information has been gathered and will inform conservation and nest-tube design.
Dr Michael Mulvaney is an ex-government ecologist who worked for ACT, NSW and the Commonwealth.
Stacey Taylor is a Senior Conservation Officer with the ACT Government.
If you are interested in a follow-up meeting to help with these projects
Wednesday 18th August – We want to help our birds and possums to find places to nest and raise their young as we know there are far too few suitable natural tree hollows for the animals who need homes. Nest boxes can provide a viable alternative to natural tree hollows for a range of wildlife. This session will share the research that has been undertaken to find out what is needed to build nestboxes that work – not too hot, the right sized holes, where and how to site them.
Courtney Fink-Downes and Susan Rhind from Eurobodalla Council share the results of their work. Andrew Morrison from Bega Valley Shire Council will talk about what we might do together here.
Susan provided these useful documents for partipants to download:
Wednesday 18th August – Dr Tahlia Perry (Uni Adelaide) will talk about this project and describe research on the echidnas of Kangaroo Island after the huge bushfires of 2020. Fascinating results show echidnas’ resilience and adaptability. You are invited to record echidnas in our region to gather more data to help understand more about their little known lifestyles.
This project asks community members to work with scientists and natural resource managers to develop and analyse the data from research projects, and jointly agree plans and actions for restoration projects to improve the biodiversity, health and resilience of post bushfire forests. The Atlas of Life has been invited to partner with the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to pilot the research methods and analysis in our area with our citizen science community, with a view to the project being enlarged to a much broader geographical and community reach for long-term monitoring and improvement actions. Libby Hepburn will talk about the background to the project and Cassie Thompson will share the details, aims timescale and resources of the project. If you would like to find out more about joining us to take part, you are asked to register your interest after the presentation.
SCRSHSEN and Bournda EEC have produced these science-week, science and sustainability webinars for your enjoyment!
Thursday 19th August – Is a Home Solar-Battery system a good investment? This real life customer case study by David Howard from Clean Energy for Eternity, will help you make that assessment by providing current energy market trends; the best information working aids; critical quotation information including a full cost benefit analysis & return on investment; installation, operation & lessons learned; planning for the future. Plus a Q & A session with other Home Solar-Battery home owners and a Solar-Battery Installer. Also hear from EV owners!
Friday 20th August – Seaweed has been used for centuries for a wide variety of purposes from food to fertiliser, biofuels, bioplastics and even brewing beer!
Jo Lane is the owner of Sea Health Products, and harvests a local species of seaweed to develop a range of health and wellness products. She has travelled around the world researching kelp and its uses and benefits for ocean health, planet health and human health. Click on the logo to register for this webinar.
Friday 20th August – Dr David Nicholls is an astronomer who works at Mt Stromlo Observatory near Canberra, part of the Australian National University (ANU).
He lives in Tura Beach, commuting via broadband internet to run complex theoretical models on the computers at ANU. This means he gets to see the wonderfully dark skies we have here, away from the light pollution of big cities!
David will lead us in an outline of and what to look for in the August night sky.
Postponed due to COVID-19
Stay tuned for rescheduled dates for these events!
17th, 18th and 19th August – As well as providing support for online activities, Bournda Environmental Education Centre is hosting some student workshops during science week, with the support of the Atlas of Life and Far South Coast Birdwatchers. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we have had to make them single-school activities and they are booked out but you can have a peek to see what students are up to in National Science Week! Click on the Bournda logo for further information!
Sadly the event has been postponed until further notice because of Covid restrictions which have been introduced, a new date will be set when current restrictions have been lifted.
Saturday 21 August – Life in our Cemeteries
This is the first of a series of mini-Bioblitzes which will visit each cemetery in Bega Valley Shire over the next 3 years. This is a community event where we will explore and record all the creatures and plants in and around the cemetery on the iNaturalist app . We will have expert naturalists and botanists who will help you find and identify creatures great and small and the plants that make this cemetary so special.
This project is a partnership between the Atlas of Life and Bega Valley Shire Council
POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Sunday 22 August – Bega River and Wetlands Landcare (BRAWL) is hosting a family-friendly, community engagement event fusing bush tucker education and re-vegetation on the Bega River with indigenous plant species.
Participants will collect, soak & grind seeds on grinding stones, to cook up a damper for morning tea. This will be followed by a discussion on the agro-technologies used to grow commercial foods locally from indigenous plants, and tree planting of 100 seedlings. The activities will be led by an Indigenous educator.
To open the map legend, with clickable icons for each event, click on this symbol in the top, left hand corner of the map
The Sapphire Coast Science Festival is organised by the Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub Sustainability Education Network (SCRSHSEN), with the generous support of Inspiring Australia as part of National Science Week.
About Science Week
Now entering its eighteenth year, National Science Week has well and truly cemented itself as Australia’s largest festival, with last year’s calendar offering over 1000 events throughout Australia, reaching an audience of over a million people.