Habitat Heroes and Woodland Wonders

Horsefields Bronze CuckooA tiny patch of revegetation, visited by unusual bird species, has inspired a project to strengthen the Merri habitat corridor.  The three year Habitat Heroes project will double the size of this Fawkner woodland, and introduce local community to this wildlife hotspot - at the eastern end of Jukes Road, Fawkner.

Everyone is welcome to come to the project launch on 24th August 10am to 12 noon at the eastern end of Jukes Road, Fawkner, to be followed by a BBQ which will include: 
• A Welcome to Country by a Wurundjeri elder. The Wurundjeri are the Traditional Owners of the land; 
• A reptile show will encourage us to appreciate our less cuddly wildlife; 
• Planting of trees and shrubs to expand the bird habitat;
• A self-guided tour of the Top Ten Habitat Plants. (See event poster.)

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Habitat Gardening

MCMC Front GardenThe evidence is growing that we feel better and are healthier if we have regular contact with nature.  Nature can seem thin on the ground in our urban environment.  In our busy lives, even getting down to the creek is an effort we might neglect at a cost to our health and happiness. 
But what if every trip to the front gate could give you a quick ‘dose’ of nature?
Habitat gardening using local indigenous plants gets us in touch with nature and is a fascinating hobby.  The habitat in our garden can be a small stepping stone for the wildlife that use the larger habitat corridor of the Merri Creek. 

Habitat Gardening Workshop: Saturday 25th October 2014, 1.30-4.30pm at Merri Creek Management Committee Depot (pictured); 2 Lee St, East Brunswick. Numbers limited, bookings essential at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or phone Ray or Monica on 9380 8199.

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Wild Discoveries @ Bababi Marning

Bababi Marning Wild Discoveries WalkThere is a reserve on the Merri Creek where surprising discoveries and rediscoveries are not so surprising at all!  In 2011 a rare Japanese Snipe re-appeared after a decade’s absence and in 2012 an endangered grass re-appeared.  It is ten years since Golden Sun Moths were rediscovered here after having been presumed extinct in the Melbourne area for decades.
A Wild Discoveries walk on Sunday 26th October offers an opportunity to have a surprising encounter at Bababi Marning Native Grassland Reserve (Cooper Street Grassland).  
The Wild Discoveries walk is  To book please contact the MCMC office This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 9380-8199.  Wild Discoveries is supported this year by a Victorian Government Communities for Nature grant. 

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