Merri Creek Management Committee

5498f WetlandWEBThursday 1 February, 6-7.30pm
Children’s playground, Edwards Lake Park, Griffiths St, Reservoir - map here
Celebrate World Wetland Day with an easy walk and talk on the wonders of wetlands, including testing the water quality and catching some waterbugs, while learning about Darebin's urban wetlands and how they contribute to a sustainable future. Light refreshments provided. Families are welcome. Proudly supported by the City of Darebin. Registration is essential below.

Waterwatch school activitiesWednesday 17 January 11-11.30am
Bargoona Nganjin Library, North Fitzroy
Story time with finger puppets - suitable for ages 2-7 years. Part of the Yarra libraries school holiday program. Meet Duck, Rakali, Turtle and another special guest at the creek side in this engaging story. Children will discuss which native animals live along Melbourne’s rivers, creeks and wetlands and how to identify them. Bookings essential here.

Uncle Dave Wandin at Bababi DjinanangMCMC is delighted to have received four grants to continue our ongoing ecological restoration and community engagement activities on the Merri. These grants include a partnership project with the Wurundjeri Tribe Council at the Merri-Yarra confluence, a project to renovate mature revegetation in East Brunswick by reducing overland erosion and introducing more appropriate understorey species, a project to improve the quality and resilience of revegetated Streambank Shrubland in Northcote, and a project that will extend and build the resilience of recent restoration work in Fawkner.

WW Dec 17MCMC led two nights of frog discovery along Edgars Creek and the Edwardes Lake wetland in Reservoir in October and November. The excursions included educational games such as a frog quiz, waterbug discovery and frog bingo. In total 40 participants heard 11 frogs calling from two local species: the Pobblebonk and the Common Eastern Froglet. All frog calls were recorded as part of Melbourne Water's citizen science Frog Census and uploaded via the Frog Census app.

WW2 Dec 17For the past two years, Melbourne Water and MCMC's Waterwatch program have been training keen community members to collect and identify waterbugs in order to assess the health of Merri CreekThis citizen science project, which is open to anyone, helps provide a picture of the comparative health of Merri Creek and a basis for future actions to improve the condition of the waterway. In 2017 MCMC ran five waterbug sampling and identification sessions with a total of 26 participants on five sites on the Merri Creek. The collated results showed that the lower, urbanised reaches of the Merri Creek only support waterbugs that are tolerant of pollution. Things are a little better in the upper reaches, north of Epping where some of the sensitive waterbugs, less tolerant of pollution, are found  (See table of waterbug pollution sensitivity in Read More section)