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Environment and sustainability

Environmental events, activities and education

Mitchell Shire proudly hosts and supports a wide range of environmental events each year.

Find out more about our education topics by clicking on the links below, or scroll down to see a list of all upcoming environment-related events.

Environmental education

Citizen science opportunities

Citizen science opportunities are a great way to get outside in nature and contribute to a broader understanding of our natural environment. Below are some of the many opportunities in Mitchell Shire to get outside and get involved.

Atlas of Living Australia

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is Australia’s one-stop-shop for information on our diverse wildlife: you can look up facts, explore species in your area, and view images of species in the wild and specimens in museums.

The ALA also enables you to make real contributions to biodiversity science: you can upload observations, help digitise museum collections, and set up your own community biodiversity projects.

Australian Museum - Capturing Climate Change

Share what you are seeing in response to climate change with the Australian Museums Capturing Climate Change online gallery.

Australian Museum - FrogID

FrogID is a national citizen science project that is helping us learn more about what is happening to Australia’s frogs.

Australian Platypus Monitoring Network

Using the Australian Platypus Monitoring Network, volunteers record platypus sightings at one or more sites using a standard visual survey method. By tracking population trends, conservation action can be taken sooner rather than later to help ensure this remarkable animal’s survival.

Birds in Backyards

Birds in Backyards is a research, education and conservation program of BirdLife Australia focused on the birds that live where people live. Follow the links from the website to download the birdata app.

The BirdLife Australia website also has some great resources including a parents pack with activities and colouring in.

Bush Blitz - Backyard Species Discovery

Australia’s largest species discovery program—it takes expert taxonomists on expeditions to remote locations to record plants and animals. Now anyone can join the Bush Blitz team on a virtual expedition, from anywhere in Australia.

Climate Watch

ClimateWatch is a national program developed by Earthwatch Australia, Bureau of Meteorology and the University of Melbourne to better understand how climate change is affecting our wildlife.

Download the ClimateWatch app or our field guides to start recording on ClimateWatch species.

Echidna CSI

Share the location, photos and details of local echidna sightings. Echidna CSIaims to learn about the distribution of echidnas across the country, the diet and gut health of echidnas, their changing hormones throughout breeding season, and so much more.

Feral Scan

Feral Scan is a citizen surveillance program - where you can help map feral animals and the damage they cause, including rabbits, foxes, feral deer and feral pigs. The app was launched in 2009 - now hosting over 200,000 community records.

Fungimap

Fungimap is a not for profit, citizen-science organisation dedicated to furthering the conservation and knowledge of Australian fungi.

iNaturalist

The iNaturalist app records observations, including photos and sound recordings in nature. The app lets you:

  • record your observations
  • share your observations with fellow naturalists
  • discuss your findings (others can assist you in the identification)
  • contribute to the Atlas of Living Australia
  • be part of a global knowledge bank of nature
iSpy Catchment Creatures

The iSpy Catchment Creatures app, developed by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA), allows users to record sightings and calls of birds, fish, reptiles and frogs which can be mapped and displayed on the GBCMA website. The information assists in better understanding the distribution, habitat preference and behaviour of species.

Melbourne Water Frog Census

Get involved in Melbourne Water’s community frog monitoring program and collect data to help manage frog populations and raise awareness of waterway health issues.

Nature Blitz

Nature Blitz is an app developed by the North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA) which covers the regions of Mitchell Shire that drain to the Campaspe River including Tooborac, Mia-Mia and Glenhope.

This is a citizen science monitoring tool that allows the community to collect important information about our region's biodiversity including birds, fish, mammals, frogs and reptiles.

TurtleSat

TurtleSATallows communities to map the location of freshwater turtles in waterways and wetlands across the country.

Waterwatch

Waterwatch is a citizen science program for monitoring waterway health. Connecting local communities with waterways and catchment management.

Wild Pollinator Count

The Wild Pollinator Count provides an opportunity to contribute to wild pollinator insect conservation in Australia, including butterfly, wasp, fly, moth, beetle, thrips and ant species, some of which are documented pollinators. We invite you to count wild pollinators in your local environment and help us build a database on wild pollinator activity. Special events - Autumn: 12 – 19 April Spring: 8 – 15 November

Upcoming environmental events

  • Kids Zero Waste Cooking Class
    Thu
    20
    Oct
    When:
    Thursday 20 October at 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Where:
    Virtual event
    Audience:
    Families, Children
    Join us for a fun and educational virtual cooking experience that focuses on innovative yet simple ways to reduce our household food waste, with a particular focus on one of the most wasted food products in Australian households, bread.
  • Kilmore Community Garden Open Day and 'Scaretactics'
    Sat
    29
    Oct
    When:
    Saturday 29 October at 10:30am - 2:30pm
    Where:
    Kilmore Community Garden Inc.
    Audience:
    All welcome
    Kilmore Community Garden Inc is hosting an open day at the garden, supported by Mitchell Shire Council.
  • Rethink recycling — sorting at home
    Thu
    10
    Nov
    When:
    Thursday 10 November at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Where:
    Virtual event
    Audience:
    All welcome
    Learn the best ways to sort your recycling at home.
  • Cloth Nappy Workshop
    Mon
    21
    Nov
    When:
    Monday 21 November at 10:30am - 12:00pm
    Where:
    Virtual event
    Audience:
    All welcome
    Learn all about using reusable nappies for your baby in this online workshop for modern cloth nappies and reusable baby accessories.

This page was last updated on 12 January 2022.