Merri Creek Management Committee

Environmental Education

More Frogs, Less Litter: Improving Merri and Moonee Ponds Creek water quality with the community - a webinar recorded at ACF CERES' 1 November members meeting, where the Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) made a presentation. Watch a recording of the webinar here.

Stepping out: Leadership beyond the kindergarten setting An on-line conversation for early years educators who are developing activities with Angela Eucalyptschildren beyond kindergarten settings. Watch a recording of the webinar here.

Evaluation of the 'Creekulum' program A report on the ambitious and unprecedented creekside education program from 2019, showing how the community, guest educators and a whole-of-school approach worked together to meet the learning goals of Prep to Grade 6.

At home in Whittlesea’s grasslands  - a video of the National Threatened Species Day Webinar on 6 September 2020, with information about the plants of Galada Tamboore and some terrific creatures including a jumpy Growling Grass Frog.

Gum Tree Learning - a video about inspiring primary educators to teach with Australian eucalypts with a Merri Creek focus.  

Celebrating Merri Creek's Biodiversity in Film - A three minute video showing the imaginative ways that MCMC connects and communicates with local communities and celebrates local biodiversity.

Frogs

City of Yarra "froginar" Growling Grass Frog juvenile- made by Merri Creek Management Committee Waterwatch staff for the City of Yarra libraries school holiday program, Summer 2020/21.

Discovering the Frogs of Darebin - a "froginar" recorded on 5 June 2020: 

Discovering the Frogs of Whittlesea - a "froginar" recorded on 21 August 2020

Frog Quiz

Download our frog quiz as a Word document - images/file/education/Frog-Quiz.docx

Other frog resources

History

45 years of restoring Merri Creek - On Saturday 24 July 2021 local environmental legends, Ann and Bruce McGregor, presented a personal perspective on a 45 year journey of restoring Merri Creek, from a weed-infested drain to bushland haven, illustrated with before-and-after images. Watch a recording of the webinar here.

Wurundjeri panel featureMerri Creek: from wasteland to parklands - A web version of the two metre size panels celebrating MCMC's 25th Anniversary and the outstanding community achievement since 1975 in transforming Merri Creek from a weed-smothered drain to a much-loved waterway running through a bushland corridor: fronts of panels (17MB file); backs of panels (9MB file). This exhibition was originally on public display at a number of public locations in the Merri Creek catchment in 2015-16.

Turning Back to Edgars Creek - An exhibition in the form of a booklet about Edgars Creek in Thomastown and Lalor, from Ziebell’s Farmhouse Museum and Heritage Garden 

Merri Creek 35 years ago - Take an on-line tour of favourite sites on the Merri in East Brunswick and Northcote and see what they were like decades ago. 

Indigenous biodiversity

Ngarri djarrang spring tour 14 November 2020Ngarri-djarrang spring virtual tour Join a virtual tour of Ngarri-Djarrang grassland in spring with MCMC’s Ecological Restoration Team. Recorded on Saturday 14 November 2020, see gorgeous wildflowers in bloom and learn about the importance of protecting urban grasslands remnants through community activism and action.

Virtual tour of Marran Baba grasslands - On Saturday 7 November 2020, MCMC’s Ecological Restoration Team hosted a virtual tour of Galgi Ngarrk and Bababi Marning, important reserves for endangered grasslands in Melbourne’s North. Watch the video to learn about the variety of threatened flora and fauna in the reserves, the threats to their survival and how you can help protect them.

Living together: Powerful Owls in Yarra’s neighbourhood - On Sunday 20 September, Merri Creek Management Committee held a webinar about our urban relationships with magnificent Powerful Owls.  Watch our video to hear Urban Ecologist and PhD Candidate, Nick Bradsworth (Deakin University), and Senior Biodiversity Officer, Craig Lupton (City of Yarra), share their experience of the secret lives of Powerful Owls (Ninox strenua) in inner Melbourne.

Merri Birds - At the Merri Birds Webinar, held on Saturday 12 September,  Friends of Merri Creek bird survey leaders spoke about some of their favourite Merri birds, including the Nankeen Night-Heron, Tawny Frogmouth, and Golden-headed Cisticola.  Watch our video to find out about the habitats visited and some highlights of the surveys, which have been running since 2008.

At home in Whittlesea’s grasslands - MCMC celebrated National Threatened Species Day 2020 on 6 September, with 58 participants tuning into the Webinar: At home in Whittlesea’s Grasslands. MCMC’s ecologist Michael Longmore, who manages MCMC’s Ecological Restoration Program, and Josh Cox, the Director of Reptile Encounters gave us a virtual tour of Galada Tamboore and some close insights to creatures of the Victorian Volcanic Plain. The video is available here. 

Seeding the Future - Indigenous seed collection training videos: https://www.mcmc.org.au/information-publications/older-news/337-seeding-the-future

Celebrating Merri Creek's Biodiversity - learn about indigenous biodiversity and recognising the Wurundjeri Traditional Owners with the community at Merri Creek, Melbourne, Australia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71yXVDvWmxA&feature=youtu.be

Grassland plants - The ABC's Gardening Australia did a segment on one of the railway reserve grassland remnants that MCMC helps manage.  See MCMC's Michael Longmore explain a little bit about what we do: https://www.abc.net.au/gardening/factsheets/remnant-rail-reserves/13343086

Aitken Creek's Living Pathways - A graphic tour of a special part of Aitken Creek in Craigieburn, highlighting its rare plants and animals. (Aitken Creek is a tributary of Merri Creek):  https://merricreek.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=b2dbfd451e3544768bc9adcd1fbb4eed

Presentation on interpreting Indigenous cultural heritage - A short, arrestingly illustrated pdf summarising an MCMC staffer’s presentation at LaTrobe University’s Victorian Archaeology Colloquium 2021: Pitching in: Working with the recent ‘experimental archaeology’ of Wurundjeri Country (2/02/2021). The presentation considers appropriate ways for non-Indigenous people to ‘pitch in’ and work together to acknowledge Country.

Fungi of the Merri

Fungi Webinar recording - Fungal Ecologist Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher, talks about the fungi found near Merri Creek, and their important roles. This is a recording of the Merri Creek Management Committee and Friends of Merri Creek webinar, held 12 July 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5djSZbWUrXs&feature=emb_title

Other Merri Fungi Resources

Digital Jigsaws

Creek Life Jigsaws

Jigsaws from Creek Life: Flora & Fauna of the Merri Creek Valley - 2nd Edition. Artwork by Brian Bainbridge.

Creek Life - cover  birds of prey   jewels in the grass redgum and inhabitants 
 Creek Life cover Birds of Prey  Jewels in the Grass Redgum and Inhabitants
Merri banks  waterflow and waterlife     
Merri banks Waterflow and Waterlife    

 Frog Jigsaws

eastern froglet 

Eastern Froglet

 pobblebonk

Pobblebonk

spotted marsh frog

Spotted Marsh Frog

Striped Marsh Frog

Striped Marsh Frog

 Fungi Jigsaws

Schizophyllum commune SMF 4747 CC BY

Splitgill

Phaeoclavulina abietina SMF 2790 CC BY

Green-staining Coral

Leratiomyces ceres SMF 2049 CC BY

Chip Cherries

Leratiomyces ceres SMF 2051 CC BY

Chip Cherries

Coprinus comatus SMF 2697CC BY

Lawyer's Wig

Coprinus comatus SMF 2010 CC BY

Lawyer's Wig

 

Litter

Litter clean-ups - A wealth of "how to" information for individuals and groups to safely remove litter from the Merri catchment: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MerriCreekLitterCleanUps/   

Covid-safe Litter Clean-ups - A recorded webinar on how to do a Covid-safe litter clean-ups: https://mcmc.org.au/mccrrl-video

Litter Trackers - This project, coordinated by RMIT, Melbourne Water, MCMC and Antonine College, followed the release of five plastic bottles fitted with GPS litter tracker into Merri Creek in May 2019. You can track what happened with the Merri Creek bottles HERE, and also bottles in other waterways around Melbourne HERE.

Polystyrene in the Yarra - This webinar, hosted by the Yarra Riverkeeper Association on 21 May 2020, gives an overview of the amounts of polysterene found in the Yarra River: https://bit.ly/EPSwebinar

Strain the Drains - This video from Tangaroa Blue recaps their project of monitoring some drains to identify the main sources of litter into Port Phillip Bay. This project, partnered by the City of Moreland, helps to develop strategies to reduce the litter load and protect our waterways and marine ecoystems. The data from our litter pickups is sent through to Tangaroa Blue and can be accessed by the community. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoIuX0b5FAo

Maps and virtual tours

Special Sites on Merri Creek - an interactive map: https://www.mcmc.org.au/environmental-education/northern-nature-creek-connections/special-sites/merri-creek

Virtual Catchment Tours of Merri Creek - four Google Earth tours of Merri Creek, a general tour, a grasslands tour, a geological tour, and a tour of Galada Tamboore: https://www.mcmc.org.au/about-merri-creek/virtual-catchment-tour

Aitken Creek's Living Pathways - a graphic tour of a special part of Aitken Creek in Craigieburn, highlighting its rare plants and animals. (Aitken Creek is a tributary of Merri Creek):  https://merricreek.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=b2dbfd451e3544768bc9adcd1fbb4eed

30 years of transformation of lower Merri Creek - this graphic tour takes you to a series of sites along Merri Creek in East Brunswick and Northcote, with images from more than 30 years ago. Go on site and take your device with you to understand the extraordinary transformation of this part of Merri Creek: https://merricreek.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=244df5367add46f092f631ea1a25bc25

Volcanoes

Volcano Bingo - test your knowledge on volcanoes:  https://www.mcmc.org.au/environmental-education/more-activities

Volcanoes of Northern Melbourne - text article with links to further information: https://www.mcmc.org.au/environmental-education/northern-nature-creek-connections/volcanoes

Water

Darebin Council’s Water Map - explore Darebin Council’s interactive map of it's water sensitive projects, such as raingardens, swales, etc: http://water.darebin.vic.gov.au/

Waterwatch

MCMC's Waterwatch program - a narrated powerpoint with Julia Cirillo, MCMC Waterwatch Coordinator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoD8AIjsHwo&feature=youtu.be

2012 talk about the general state of Merri Creek and the discovery of a platypus stuck in rubbish - Jane Bevelander, MCMC Healthy Waterways Waterwatch Coordinator from 2009-2016 talks to Leader Newspapers reporter, Andrew Jefferson on 13 February 2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONSYgVjdmFA

Waterwatch Water Quality Summaries - https://www.mcmc.org.au/environmental-education/waterwatch/waterwatch-water-quality-summaries

Melbourne Water education resourceshttps://www.melbournewater.com.au/community-and-education/education/browse-resources-year-level#all

Waterwatch training session, 17 June 2021 - https://www.mcmc.org.au/mcmc-waterwatch-training-17-june-2021

Merri Events Calendar