Archive for month: November, 2013
It’s that time of year again and we would like to invite you to join us for our Christmas Celebration dinner. It will be on Tuesday December 17th at the Merimbula Wharf restaurant.
We are offered canapés in the Aquarium and then a two course festive meal of fine food from Anthony and his team. Drinks not included. Tickets $40 each.
During the evening we will be celebrating the contribution of local heroes to our learning about our wonderful environment and the creatures that live in it.
We will also be announcing the winners of our photography competition – see next post – and there will be some festive singing too.
As we are sharing this event with our partners : Sapphire Coast Marine Society, Panboola and Bournda EEC, there are very limited tickets, so please register your interest now to reserve your place.
Contact Alan Hepburn : email@example.com or phone 6495 0917
Atlas of Life Photography Competition 2013
Open to all Members. Everyone who Registers on the Atlas of Life website is a Member. This competition is to celebrate the wonderful biodiversity in our region. We hope it will be the first of many. You are all taking wonderful pictures to add to your sightings on the Atlas, so this is your chance to share the best of them!
We will put all the photos into our competition gallery – click the Photo comp button on the left of the Home page
There are nine categories:
1. Underwater, 2. Marine and intertidal species, 3. Terrestrial vertebrates (excludes birds), 4. Invertebrates, 5. Birds,
Flora and Fungi 7. Nightlife 8. Under 16 years of age 9. Atlanats at work (Atlas Naturalists)
How to enter
- Choose your favourite photo – decide in which category it will be entered
- Send it in an email to:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Give it a title, its category number and tell us about the subject and how the photo was taken in 50 words
- Maximum file size 5MB
- submit your files for judging as a JPEG of 1200 pixels along the longest side
- Closing date for entries December 12th 2013
You may send several entries
How will the photos be judged?
Judging will be based on:
- high technical standards such as sharpness and correct exposure
Conditions of entry
- Supplied online, maximum file size 5MB
- Supplied with title and up to 50 word description
- Must be taken by person whose name is on the entry form
- Competition open to everyone who has Registered to log sightings on the ALCW website
- Entries must be received by end of 12th December 2013
- Photographs that have been digitally manipulated will not be accepted. Minor alterations to contrast or brightness are the only exceptions to this rule
- Winners will be announced at the Christmas Celebration Dinner on December 17th
- There will be one winner for each category and one overall winner. We can’t give cash prizes, but the winner of each category will receive a Certificate of Merit and the overall winner will receive a blown up and mounted copy of the winning photograph
- Winners, Highly Commended and Finalists will be notified by email
- The Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness may use images for Atlas publications and for promotional purposes. Copyright and intellectual property of the images remains the property of the photographer
- Unfortunately, due to unforseen costs, we will not be printing the winning photographs
Email your entries to: email@example.com
Michael McMaster was doing a recce for the upcoming Secret Beach visit on Saturday 17th November, when he came across a Lace Monitor digging at a termite mound. Like the Rosenberg’s Monitor, these monitors often dig holes into termite mounds and lay their eggs there. The termites seem to accept the monitor eggs and the mound must keep the eggs at a favourable temperature for the eggs to hatch.
Michael said there was no termite activity at this site, so perhaps it was an abandoned mound.
On 17th November Michael will lead us to one of his best shell beaches – Secret Beach at Haycock’s Point. The Sapphire Coast Marine Society and anyone else who is interested, will meet at the Barmouth Beach car park at 12:00 noon on Saturday 17th.
Our local Hoodies have been busy,they laid 3 eggs which hatched 4 weeks later and now there are 3 chicks roaming from one end of the beach to the other, hopefully they will fledge in the next couple of weeks.
Hooded Plovers are a critically endangered species with less than 50 left on the NSW coast.
They nest in a scrape in the sand between August & March.During the breeding season please help them survive by looking out for signs or fences& avoid these areas,stay close to the waters edge and keep dogs away and pick up discarded fishing line.
and don’t forget to add your sighting if you are lucky enough to see them.
Dan Lunney, one of the scientists who graced our Science Forum last year, writes about the need to conserve our Koalas: http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/11/08/3886377.htm
If you have any koalas living near you you can join in the Great Koala count: