Friends of Merri Creek

Merri Creek Events Calendar 2016

FEBRUARY

All Feb.          Exhibition: Merri Creek: from wasteland to parklands
Richmond Library, 415 Church St Richmond - during library hours. Don’t miss this exhibition which documents the history of community action to transform Merri Creek.

Saturday 6     Merri & Edgars Creek Confluence Area Restoration Group Site Maintenance
Meet at Connolly Ave Coburg, south of Murray Rd bridge, 1-3pm. Melway 18 A11. Wear sturdy footwear and gloves. Contact: Melissa 0417 255 873.

Sunday 7       Litter Clean Up – Nth Fitzroy
Downstream from Rushall Station, 10am-12noon. Melway 30 D12. Phone Paul 9489 5062.

Sunday 7       Streamteam Water Quality Testing
Upstream of St Georges Rd bridge, enter from Miller St, Nth Fitzroy, 2-3.30pm. Melway 30 C10. Phone: 9354 9885.

Sunday 21     1st Merri Creek Bird Survey for 2016

Bird surveys will be held from 8.45-10.30am at seven sites along Merri Creek as listed below. Beginners welcome, BYO binoculars if possible, but no dogs please, as they reduce the number and variety of birds to be seen. The contact for all Birdwatch events is Ann McGregor 0429 386 102.

Egan Reserve - Normanby Ave: Meet at bluestone steps at end of The Grove, East Coburg (Melway 30 A3).

Edwardes Lake: Meet at the playground adjacent to Griffiths St, Reservoir (Melway 18 E5).

CERES to Moreland Rd: Meet at seats on the path at rear of CERES, near Blyth St, East Brunswick (Melway 30 B7).

Merri Park and Phillips Reserve: Meet at end of Victoria St, East Brunswick, at BBQ shelter (Melway 30 B8).

Hall Reserve - Yarra Bend Park: Meet at the Rotunda, Hall Reserve, off The Esplanade, Clifton Hill (Melway 2D D1).

Galgi Ngarrk (Craigieburn Grasslands): Meet at O’Herns Rd gate off Hume Highway, Somerton (Melway 180 E6).

Galada Tamboore: Meet at the end of Hatty Court, Campbellfield (Melway 7 K6).

Sunday 21     A Merri Magical Morning
Merri Park Wetland, Northcote, Sumner Ave near Traill St, 10.30am-12.30pm. Melway 30 C8, follow the flags. Celebrate the end of the three-year Sumner Loving project, see the new signage and have a guided tour. Refreshments provided. Funded by Communities for Nature and supported by the City of Darebin.

Wed. 24         Talk – Shining a light on Lacewings with Ken Harris
CERES Lower Merri Room, Roberts St East Brunswick, 7.30pm. Active naturalist Ken Harris is close to completing a book on the Lacewings of Victoria that shows 111 species of Neuroptera in 14 families. Please book with Ray by 17/2/16 merricreek@bigpond.com or 0422 989 166.

Tuesday 23  Talk: Pollen pathways
Fawkner Library, 77 Jukes Rd Fawkner, 6.30 pm. Did you know that endangered plants grow along the Merri Creek in Fawkner and Reservoir? Or that a rare Merri Creek lily’s sex life relies on a bee with a pitch perfect hum? Or that helping rare plants in a local parkland could help you grow better tomatoes? Learn about these fascinating facts and more in a presentation by Brian Bainbridge, MCMC’s Ecological Planner. Register online: www.morelandcitylibraries.eventbrite.com.au or phone 9355 4200.

Sunday 28     1st Merri Creek Bird Survey for 2016 (continued)
8.45-10.30am at the two sites below - details as per Sunday 21st.

Coburg Lake Reserve: Meet near the car park, Lake Grove Coburg (Melway 17 H10).
Bababi Marning: Meet near the Istrian Club, Cooper Street, Campbellfield (Melway 180 K10).

MARCH

Saturday 5     Merri & Edgars Creek Confluence Area Restoration Group Site Maintenance
Meet at the Merri path south of Murray Rd bridge Coburg, 1-3pm. Melway 18 A11. Wear sturdy footwear and gloves. Phone Melissa 0417 255 873.

Sunday 6       Streamteam Water Quality Testing
Upstream of St Georges Rd bridge, enter from Miller St, Nth Fitzroy, 2-3.30pm. Melway 30 C10. Phone: 9354 9885.

Sunday 6       Sydney Road Street Party
Sydney Road Brunswick. Check out the FoMC/MCMC stall near Brunswick Town Hall. If you can help staff the stall please ring Ray on 0422 989 166.

Sunday 13     Litter Clean Up – Coburg
Bell St, 10am-12noon. Melway 30 A1. Phone Paul 9489 5062.

Thursday 17  Frog Talk and Explore at Whittlesea Community House
Celebrate the calling of frogs in a new frog bog with this talk and survey at the site, 6.30-8.00pm at 92A Church St, Whittlesea. Light refreshments included. Bookings essential to Jane on 9380 8199 or jane@mcmc.org.au

Sunday 20     1st of 6 Woody Weed Whacking at Bababi Marning
Help to rid these native grasslands of Broom, Gorse and Briar Rose bushes. Light refreshments provided. Meet at gate opposite 111 Metrolink Circuit Campbellfield, 10am-12.30pm. Melway 180 J12. Phone Ray 0422 989 166.

APRIL

Saturday 2     Merri & Edgars Creek Confluence Area Restoration Group Site Maintenance
Meet at the Merri path south of Murray Rd bridge Coburg, 1-3pm. Melway 18 A11. Wear sturdy footwear and gloves. Phone Phone Melissa 0417 255 873.

Sunday 3       Litter Clean Up – Reservoir
Ngarri-djarrang (Central Creek Grasslands), near Davidson St, 10am-12noon. Melway 8 B12. Phone Paul 9489 5062.

Sunday 3       Streamteam Water Quality Testing
Upstream of St Georges Rd bridge, enter from Miller St, Nth Fitzroy, 2-3.30pm. Melway 30 C10. Phone: 9354 9885.

Sunday 10     Weeding at Strettle Wetland 
Friends of Merri Creek site near Strettle Wetland Thornbury, 10am-12.30 pm. Melway 30 B3. Help look after the site managed by the Friends with the support of the Darebin Bush Crew. Light refreshments afterwards. Phone Suzi 0403 595 466.

Thursday 14  Frog survey with Friends of Edwardes Lake
Meet at picnic area of Leamington St for a talk and walk around the wetland section of Edwardes Lake, Reservoir, 5:30 - 7:00pm. Contact Jane on 9380 8199 or jane@mcmc.org.au

Sunday 17     2nd of 6 Woody Weed Whacking at Bababi Marning
Help to rid these native grasslands of Broom, Gorse and Briar Rose bushes. Light refreshments provided. Meet at gate opposite 111 Metrolink Circuit Campbellfield, 10am-12.30pm. Melway 180 J12. Phone Ray 0422 989 166.

Sunday 17     Friends of Edgars Creek Silurian Cliff site Planting
Access from the Coburg Hill site corner Snapshot Drive and Spectrum Way, 1-3pm. Melway 18 B9. Funded by Melbourne Water Community Grant. Phone David on 0428 130 268.

MAY

Sunday 1       Litter Clean Up – Reservoir
Edgars Creek, downstream of Edwardes St, 10am-12noon. Melway 18 D5.  Phone Paul 9489 5062.

Sunday 1       Streamteam Water Quality Testing
Upstream of St Georges Rd bridge, enter from Miller St, Nth Fitzroy, 2-3.30pm. Melway 30 C10. Phone: 9354 9885.

Saturday 7     Merri & Edgars Creek Confluence Area Restoration Group Site Maintenance
Meet at Connolly Ave Coburg, south of Murray Rd bridge, 1-3pm. Melway 18 A11.  Wear sturdy footwear and gloves. Phone Melissa 0417 255 873.

Sunday 8       Mother’s Day Habitat Heroes Planting & BBQ
East end of Jukes Rd Fawkner, 10am-12.30pm. Melway 18 A2. Bring Mum and/or others and help Mother Earth by planting indigenous flora to add to the habitat corridor along Merri Creek. Afterwards enjoy a free barbecue with vegetarian and Halal options. Funded by a Helen MacPherson Smith Trust Grant.

Sunday 15     Planting & BBQ at CERES-Blyth St
Meet in the Parklands at the east end of Kingfisher Gardens in East Brunswick, 10am-12.30pm. Melway 30 B 7, follow the flags.  Funded by Melbourne Water Community Grants and the Merri Creek Environment Fund.






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