First national Citizen Science Conference July 23 – 25

The first national citizen science conference will be held at the Shine Dome in Canberra on 23rd and 24th July followed by a day of free workshops at Questacon on Saturday 25th July.

See the Australian Citizen Science Association website for all details:

Everyone is very welcome and it will be a great chance to see what is happening in citizen science here and internationally and to meet people from across Australia who want to work together.

Call me for any further information you would like. I am hoping a number of people will come for the “BioBlitz” workshop on Saturday where we will be launching the Australian BioBlitz Guide with many references and images to the BioBlitzes we have held here and the contributions made by many of you.ACSA_logo_colour


Fruits of the Fire….. Bodalla Forest walks


When:               20th June

Time:                10am

Where :            Bodalla Forest Park      ……. meet on Princes Highway at the entrance just

North of  Narooma.

Please bring lunch ,drinks ,chair  ,suitable shoes,insect repellant ?

If there is little of interest at this site we will explore Box Cutting .

Please come along to learn from Teresa Van Der Heul & contribute to citizen science .

If you have not already done so please contact Liz Allen

Email :

Phone: 0434 375 568

For those who can’t make this one we will try to arrange a 2nd walk.

Marine Society visit to Mill Beach, Saturday June 13

Join us for the next Marine Society exploration of  Mill Beach Bermagui on Saturday 13th June at 10.00 am. Mill Beach can be found by turning off at the South end of Cuttagee Beach. Follow the road for half a kilometre and park on the grass area opposite the houses. A track leads down to the small beach there, where we will search for shells to add to the survey that was undertaken a couple of years ago. We will also check out what is living in the rock pools there.

This is a lovely location and we have found  interesting and unusual marine species here before.

An esy beach walk plus some rock and pool scrambling if you like that kind of thing.
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A great find at Narooma for the Marine Society

At the latest Marine Society outing to the Narooma Boardwalk last Sunday, we were expecting good things to be found as we have been delighted with previous year’s explorations here.

Georgia and Jon Poyner were the snorkel searchers for the group and kept coming in with different and interesting finds.

There were several tropical urchins – so called “sea Lamingtons”, not normally seen south of Sydney.

Sea Lamington, photo D Wimbush

Sea Lamington, photo D Wimbush

However the star of the show has to be the beautiful jellyfish that Georgia brought back. Micheal McMaster, who was leading this shore search, said he knew he had never seen its like before. He brought it back to Merimbula Wharf Aquarium and after photographing it, asked his museum contacts if they could help to identify it. It was identified as cephea cephea  by the Australian Museum who asked to have the jellyfish as it was a rare sighting. Last recorded sighting was in Northern Queensland in 1924, it is generally only found in tropical waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The urchin expert has asked that we keep a look out and record any other strange species as he is most interested in how species are changing their ranges these days. Gretta Petchl has asked that Georgia adds the jellyfish to Redmap as it is a most unusual sighting – very beautiful too!

Cephea Cephea, photo D Wimbush

Cephea Cephea, photo D Wimbush

Cephea cephea, photo D Wimbush

Cephea cephea, photo D Wimbush

A great chance to get a new view of the coast

We all know how good the whale cruises are, but this is a lovely chance to see our coastline from the sea.

Ros and Gordon have created a NEW CRUISE! Join Cat Balou this Sunday 7th June for our COASTAL WILDERNESS CRUISE & WHALE SEARCH.
Departing at 9.30 we will cruise the southern side of Twofold Bay before heading south past Saltwater Creek towards Greencape, calling into picturesque Bittangabee Bay, weather permitting. A great chance to see dolphins, seals, seabirds and hopefully our first whale of the season.
The cruise is approximately 3 hours and bookings must be made by 4pm Saturday by phoning 0427 962027.
Cost $65 adults $40 children. $180 for 2 adults & 2 children under 16yrs.

Greencape from the sea, photo B Davis

Greencape from the sea, photo B Davis