World Environment Day Event

Saturday 3 June, 10:30am  – 2:30pm

Location: Westfield Plenty Valley,  415 McDonalds Rd, Mill Park

Celebrate World Environment Day and join in on some fun family activities on offer at Westfield Shopping Centre. While you shop, learn about the environmental gems of Whittlesea. During this event there will be:

  • An interactive native animal show
  • Information and resources about how our beautiful native flora can bring birds to your garden and protect it from pests
  • Face painting: after you pat them, become a tawny frogmouth or blue tongue lizard
  • Information on where to see local highlights of our region and contacts for special interest groups
  • Giveaways

And much more!

For further information about this free event contact Nicola Vaughan on 9217 2560

Whittlesea’s Australasian Bat Night

The City of Whittlesea invites you to their 2017 Bat Night. Bat expert Robert Bender will present on the fascinating world of bats, guiding the group on a short walk amongst the surrounding River Red Gums and using bat detectors to try to locate some!

A door prize of a bat box will be available to take home for one lucky person. All children will be given bat masks and a bat colouring page to take home.

On the night, please wear appropriate clothing for the weather and bring a torch for the short walk. Book in advance to secure your place and for catering purposes (light supper provided).

Date:                Friday 21 April 2017

Time:                7 pm – 9 pm

Location:         Tuttle Recreation Reserve, 525 Epping Road, Wollert (next to Wollert CFA)

RSVP:                Whittlesea Bat Night—Eventbrite

For further information contact Council’s Biodiversity Planner, on 9217 2025 or email ruth.marr@whittlesea.vic.gov.au

Photo taken by John Harris of Wildlife Experiences

Wedge-Tailed Eagle

Audrey from Eden Park has shared these pictures of Wedge-Tailed Eagles she observed recently. Audrey says she has observed adult and juvenile birds in the same location on previous years eating rabbits. Great observation.

The Wedge-Tailed Eagle is Australia’s largest and most common bird of prey with a wingspan up to 2.3m. Rabbits usually comprise 30%-70% of their diet but they will also prey on other birds, reptiles and dead animals.

For more information have a look at the birds in backyards website http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Aquila-audax

Please get in touch if you have a photo, story or information to share on this blog.

In conjunction with Melbourne Water, the City of Whittlesea recently hosted a presentation on the Australian Water Rats (Rakali) given by Geoff Williams, Director of the Australian Platypus Conservancy (APC). The APC needs your help to record the location of Water Rats. This species is very difficult to study in the wild so any information from the public is vital to understanding their status, distribution and conservation needs. You’ll often see them swimming on the surface of the water, with their distinctive white tipped tail. Go to the APC website for more information and if you see one remember to report it!  http://www.platypus.asn.au/

Photo courtesy Andrew McCutcheon

Seen any of these prickly little critters around lately? If you’d like to know more about why Echidnas (like this one spotted on Camerons Rise in Eden Park) are vitally important for a healthy ecosystem, click here.