Friends of Merri Creek

Merri Creek Events Calendar 2015

FEBRUARY

Sunday 1        Litter Clean Up - Coburg
Bell St Coburg, 10am-12noon. Melway 30 A1. 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.

Monday 2       World Wetland Day - Bird Walk and Talk Plenty Gorge Wetlands
Park near corner of Wilton Vale Road and Gledswood Avenue, South Morang 9.00 -10.30am. Melway 184 A4. For World Wetland Day, Zoologist and President of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, John Harris, will lead a guided walk around the beautiful Plenty Gorge Wetlands, which hosts some rare and threatened species. Registration is required at: jane@mcmc.org.au or phone 9380 8199.

Saturday 7     Merri & Edgars Creek Confluence Area Restoration Group Site Maintenance
Meet at the Merri path south of Murray Rd bridge Coburg, 1-3pm.  Wear sturdy footwear and gloves. Phone Mel 0404 043 010.

Sunday 15     First Merri Creek Bird Survey for 2015
Bird surveys will be held from 8.45-10.30am at nine 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.

Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Rd Grasslands): Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Rd, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2).

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

Coburg Lake Reserve: Meet near the car park, Lake Grove Coburg (17 H10).

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 Ngaark (Craigieburn Grasslands): Meet at the 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 22     First Bird Survey for 2015 at Bababi Marning
Meet near the Istrian Club, Cooper St Campbellfield, 8.45-10.30am. Melway 180 K10.

Sunday 22     Merri’s Magical Morning
Merri Park, Northcote, Sumner Ave near Traill St,, 10am-12noon. Melway 30 C8. There will be a walk-in butterfly enclosure, water bug projection art, weaving with local plants, face painting, coffee van and more. Contact Jane at jane@mcmc.org.au or 9380 8199.

Thursday 26  Outdoor Frog Cinema
Edwardes Lake Park Reservoir, 7.30pm. Bring a picnic rug or deck chair and enjoy the quirky documentary about Australia’s most invasive amphibian, Cane Toads: The Conquest, while listening to our local frogs calling at the nearby wetlands. Contact Jane at jane@mcmc.org.au or 9380 8199.

MARCH

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.

Sunday 1       Sydney Road Street Party
Sydney Road Brunswick, 12noon-7pm. Help staff the FoMC stall near Brunswick Town Hall - ring Ray on 0422 989 166.

Sunday 1       Clean-up Australia Day at Merri Park Wetland, Northcote
Sumner Avenue Northcote, 10-11.30am. Details at: http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/Merri+Park+Wetland

Saturday 7     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 Mel 0404 043 010.

Sunday 8        Litter Clean Up – Coburg
Moomba Park, off north end of McBryde St Fawkner, 10am-12noon. Melway 8 A12. Phone Paul 9489 5062.

Saturday 14   Sumner Loving Weed Workshop
Merri Park Wetland, Northcote, Sumner Ave near Traill St, 1.30-3.30pm. Melway 30 C8. Funded by Communities for Nature. Phone Ray or Monica at MCMC 9380 8199.

Saturday 21 Waterbug Identification Training

Darebin Parklands Meeting Room, near the east end of Separation St Alphington (Melway 31 C9), 9.30am to 2.30pm. Learn how to identify the waterbugs in your local area using the ALT (Agreed Level Taxonomy) key. Light refreshments will be provided. BYO lunch, Bookings essential: contact Trevor Hausler on 9380 8199 or trevor.hausler@mcmc.org.au

Thursday 26  Holy Sites Tour of the Merri Catchment (No. 2)
Visit Thomastown Lutheran Church (1856), one of the oldest in the Merri catchment, and the Preston Mosque, with FoMC Life Member Bruce McGregor. Car pool available at the MCMC office, Lee St, East Brunswick, 1.00pm. Tour ends at 5.00pm. Registration necessary by 18/3 with Ray Radford at MCMC at:
ray@mcmc.org.au

Sunday 29     1st of 5 woody weed control Block B Bababi Marning
The first of 5 days to rid block B of Broom, Gorse and Briar Rose bushes. Light refreshments provided. Bababi Marning (Cooper St Grasslands). Meet at gate opposite 111 Metrolink Circuit (Road Runner factory), in between Transit Drive and Connection Drive Campbellfield, 10am-12.30pm. Melway 180 K12 - park on the factory side and check the No Parking signs. Phone Ray 0422 989 166.

APRIL

Saturday 4    Merri & Edgars Creek Confluence Area Restoration Group Easter Site Maintenance Meet at the Merri path south of Murray Rd bridge Coburg, 1-3pm. Melway 18 A11. Wear sturdy footwear and gloves. Phone Mel 0404 043 010.

Sunday 5      Litter Clean Up – North Fitzroy
Near Rushall Railway Station Nth Fitzroy,, 10am-12noon. Melway 30 D11. Phone Paul 9489 5062.

Sunday5      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 12   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.

Sunday 19    2nd of 5 woody weed control Block B Bababi Marning
The second of 5 days to rid block B of Broom, Gorse and Briar Rose bushes. Light refreshments provided. Bababi Marning (Cooper St Grasslands). Meet at gate opposite 111 Metrolink Circuit (Road Runner factory), in between Transit Drive and Connection Drive Campbellfield, 10am-12.30pm. Melway 180 K12 - park on the factory side and check the No Parking signs. Phone Ray 0422 989 166.

Sunday 19    Friends of Edgars Creek Silurian Cliff site Planting
Planting extension at the old willows area below the escarpment, east side of the creek, Ronald St North Coburg, 1-3pm. Melway 18 A9. Funded by Melbourne Water Community Grant. Phone David on 0428 130 268.

MAY

Saturday 2    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 Mel 0404 043 010.

Saturday 2    Sumner Loving Weed Workshop
Merri Park Wetland, Northcote, Sumner Ave near Traill St, 1.30-3.30pm. Melway 30 C8, follow the flags. Help rejuvenate Merri Park. Funded by Communities for Nature. Phone Ray or Monica at MCMC 9380 8199.

Sunday 3       Litter Clean Up - Reservoir
Ngarri-djarrang (Central Creek Grassland) near Davidson St Reservoir, 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.



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