Atlas of Life AGM Saturday December 3rd

Scarlet on Scarlet

Scarlet on Scarlet

You are invited to the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness AGM on Saturday 3rd December at 10.30am at the Merimbula Wharf Restaurant.

We have had an exciting year with the launch of our new NatureMapr recording platform, our recent very successful Four Winds BioBlitz and another Atlas Photocompetition with extremely high quality and range of entries – thanks to all who entered and our three expert judges. This lovely image of Scarlet honeyeaters by Maggie Clowes.

We are ready to plan our activities for next year and would like everyone who is interested in the local natural world, on land and along the coast to join us.

As an entirely community  project we welcome anyone who has time to contribute in areas they are interested in whether that is suggesting and running field trips, snorkels and walks, helping with the website, database and social media or helping through the committee. There are many things we could do and we offer the things that people are interested in helping with, so your passion will be welcome.

2016 Atlas of Life AGM Agenda

10.30am – Welcome to country

Minutes of the 2015 Atlas of Life AGM

Chair’s report

Treasurers report

Election of Office bearers and Committee

Any other business


Christmas Celebration Supper – December 15th

It’s that time of year again and we would like to get together to celebrate what we love about nature and how we explore it.
We invite you and your friends to the Atlas Christmas Supper on Thursday December 15th at the Wharf Restaurant Merimbula, 6pm for 6:30.

Sally and Anthony are offering us a splendid festive menu and we have sparkling entertainment for you. We will have the exhibition of images and records from our recent BioBlitz at Four Winds, and the superb winning pictures of the 2016 Atlas photocomp.
This year the theme for our Celebrations is “the New Science” and we have the story told in pictures and words of the young Poyner family and we also welcome Stuart Harris to share his exploration of the small but exquisite Maratus, or Peacock spiders which have become the centre of his life’s journey in the last decade.

Everyone is very welcome. Tickets are $50 and $17 for children. Please reserve your places with Libby or Alan. We will be please if you can pay directly into the Atlas bank account. Please put your name in the reference box so we know who has paid what.

BSB 032 704  Acc no. 209626  Many thanks, Libby

White flowers – photo by Harrison Warne – can anyone identify them? Harrison is a herpetologist and hasn’t got his flora ID up to speed yet. Thanks Harrison, it’s a lovely image for Christmas

Peacock spider found at Four Winds BioBlitz

The 2016 Atlas of Life and Four Winds BioBlitz on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th November was blessed by unexpected good weather and a number of exciting finds as well as art and music. 0ver 90 bird species were spotted, Koala scat was found and a possible new species of spider was recorded by Helen Ransom from Narooma on a survey led by Stuart Harris. The spider has been sent to experts for identification and in time we will know if it is indeed a new species.

an unknown Peacock spider found by Helen Ransom at the Four Winds BioBlitz Photo Stuart Harris

an unknown Peacock spider found by Helen Ransom at the Four Winds BioBlitz
Photo Stuart Harris

90 school students from across the Shire explored with Bournda EEC and a host of families and friends attended the bioBlitz from 6 am until late after dark when the moths, possums and night creatures had come out. 65 surveys were led by expert scientists and naturalists to explore and record the Four Winds site and nearby forest and beach habitats to build the biggest species list possible over two days.

The waterbug team led by Cecil Ellis and Steve Skinner had fun observing what range of creatures are living in the dam on site and they visited a site on the Murrah river not far from Four Winds that had been a Reference site in the 1980’s. We were delighted to record that the water is still very healthy, with a few of the key target species that indicate the highest level of water quality.

Steve Williams came all the way from Bendigo to see our NSW moths and found a number of species he had never seen before. Andrew Claridge and David Jackson showed how to set small mammal traps and Andrew Morrison set camera traps and they recorded a host of creatures – goannas, echidnas, antechinus and a fox, all looking for food near the cameras.

Four Winds provided the fabulous setting for the BioBlitz, Masterclasses in botanical illustration and photography and a splendid concert by Four Play string quartet to finish the week-end off.


A big thanks to all Survey Leaders and Volunteers and everyone who joined us to participate and who made the event such fun. Together we are building a significant species list of what lives here now and we will return from time to time to see how the biodiversity has increased ast the Four Winds planting program adds to the mix of habitats on their site.

As yet unidentified Maratus (Peacock spider) found by Helen Ransom Photo Stuart Harris

As yet unidentified Maratus (Peacock spider)
found by Helen Ransom 12th november 2016
Photo Stuart Harris

Sea Hares in Spring

p1030345The Sea Hares [Aplysia sydneyensis ]seem to be doing what is expected for Spring ,there are large numbers in the  Merimbula lake ,near the bridge, in the shallows beside the boardwalk,along the shore at Fishpen and some washed up along Main beach.

Sea Hare 2

Sea Hare 2

Sae Hare

Sea Hare 3

Birds, Butterflies and Moths – a workshop with Julie Morgan

New Holland honeyeater

New Holland honeyeater

Learn to identify local birds and some of the most common butterflies and moths on the Far South Coast with Julie Morgan. Find out about their role in pollination and in maintaining a balanced ecosystem and what you can do on your property to support and encourage them.

When: Friday 25 November, 9.15am-1.00pm

Where: Tanja Hall followed by a field walk at Bithry Inlet

Presenter: Julie Morgan is a land manager from the Eurobodalla with an extensive knowledge of and passion for the natural world, specifically birds, frogs, insects, spiders, mammals and plants. She has been a field naturalist for over 25 years, is a committee member of the Eurobodalla Natural History Society and conducts bird surveys for a range of environmental agencies and organisations. She regularly presents and leads nature walks for community groups.

Cost: Free. Morning tea provided. BYO picnic lunch for after the workshop.

For further information and bookings, contact Ali Rodway on 0417 246 896 or