Tuesday, 16th October, 2018
Community educator and lecturer John Gooderham, the co-organiser of the National Waterbug Blitz is coming to Launceston next week to lead activities based on the collection and identification of aquatic macroinvertebrates.
A public awareness session about how monitoring of aquatic life can paint a picture of river health, is to be held at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) next Tuesday afternoon followed by a field session starting at 9.00 am at Queechy Lake the next day.
Six local organisations have partnered, bringing in stream samples from across the Tamar Valley to a central point as part of the local contribution to Australia’s first nationwide waterway monitoring event the National Waterbug Blitz.
Tamar NRM spokesperson and event organizer Greg Lundstrom said “We are delighted to have John Gooderham attend. The macro-invertebrate monitoring helps us understand our local catchments and builds a mindset of caring for them.” He went on to say “Its citizen science at work, intended to be educative and scientifically rigorous so as to build valuable data sets on river health.”
Tamar NRM and partners QVMAG, City of Launceston’s Natural Environment Unit, Plastic Free Launceston, NRM North and Landcare Tasmania, are to kick off the public awareness sessions at QVMAG auditorium, Inveresk on Tuesday 23rd October, between 4 and 5 pm.
The organisers are keen to hear from schools and community groups interested in participating in next week’s Waterbug Blitz events or interested in holding a river health environmental education session at a later date.
Further information is on the Tamar NRM website: www. tamarnrm.com.au