Climate Change and the pollinator

Join Pollinator Ecologist, Dr Amy-Marie Gilpin, Research Fellow at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, ONLINE at 7pm on Thursday 8th September as she talks us through the present and future impacts of climate change on our native pollinators.
Common Drone Fly Eristalis tenax
Image – John Walter

Tickets are available via EVENTBRITE or you can join us directly by clicking the following ZOOM link.

DR AMY-MARIE GILPIN

The following is taken from Dr Amy-Marie Gilpin’s website

I am particularly interested in the ecology of pollinators and the pollination function they provide both within agricultural and native ecosystems. My research to date has largely focused on identifying the pollinators of agriculturally important crops within both temperate and tropical regions of Australia and the floral resources that support healthy pollinator populations within agroecosystems. I employ a variety of methods from multiple disciplines including large-scale manipulative field and glasshouse experiments to determine the effects of climate change on floral resources and pollinators. I use an integrative approach to understand firstly who are the pollinators and then what is there effect on surrounding plants, ecosystems, plant mating systems, seed fitness as well as fruit quality and yield.

ABOUT THIS EVENT

This event is funded by the NRM Drought Resilience Program – Grants. The grants support projects that contribute to improved drought resilience of agricultural landscapes through experimentation in NRM practices, systems and approaches that go beyond current best practice.

This event forms part of the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network’s NRM Drought Resilience Grant project – Empowering an informed and engaged community to allow for the creation of connecting pollinator corridors through the Upper Campaspe Catchment to ensure environmental resilience and improved functionality of drought threatened agricultural landscapes.

Managing farm dams to reduce carbon emissions while improving biodiversity and water security

A free webinar with Dr Martino Malerba on Managing farm dams to reduce carbon emissions while improving biodiversity and water security

About this event

Farm dams are the most abundant type of freshwater wetland in Australia. Farm dams are also among the highest greenhouse gas emitters of all freshwater ecosystems, producing the equivalent of 385,000 cars each day in Victoria alone.

In this 1 hour webinar presentation, Dr Martino Malerba, a senior environmental scientist at Deakin Uni.’s Blue Carbon Lab, will discuss how farms can be managed to reduce carbon emissions whilst improving biodiversity and water security – follow this link to reserve your place EVENTBRITE.

Dr Malerba manages the Teal Carbon group at Deakin Uni.’s Blue Carbon Lab, which focuses on the sustainable management of freshwater systems and leads an interdisciplinary research team to quantify the scale of these emissions, explore strategies for greener practices, and develop financial mechanisms for better management. His research group collaborates with CSIRO to develop hydrological modelling, with the National Carbon Inventory team to quantify carbon emissions from freshwater systems, and with the Clean Energy Regulator to develop new methodologies to award carbon credits for farm dam management.

This year Dr Malerba was awarded a DECRA Fellowship by the Australian Research Council to expand his research on farm dam emissions.

This webinar is made possible with funding through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund Natural Resource Management Drought Resilience Program which is supporting ACT NRM to work with land managers to improve the drought resilience of water resources on rural lands across the ACT.

About Martino

Martino leads the Teal Carbon group at Deakin’s Blue Carbon Lab. He is an environmental scientist, ecologist, and evolutionary biologist whose research focuses on freshwater wetlands.

Equivalent to coastal wetlands, teal carbon ecosystems are key to regulating greenhouse gases and mitigating the effects of climate change. However, their degradation due to land-use change, pollution, water extraction, and landscape modification can release large amounts of carbon back into the atmosphere.

For example, farm dams are among the highest greenhouse gas emitters of all freshwater ecosystems. Yet, simple management interventions (such as using fences to exclude livestock) can change these systems from a source of pollution (carbon sources) to becoming part of the solution (carbon sinks).

Dr Malerba’s research team works to quantify carbon emissions, restores degraded sites, explores strategies for greener practices, identifies social drivers of sustainable development, and explores financial mechanisms for better management of freshwater resources.

His research is supported by the Australian Research Council through a DECRA Fellowship. He collaborates with the Australian National Carbon Inventory team to improve our estimates of carbon emissions from freshwater systems, and with the Clean Energy Regulator to develop new methodologies for financial incentives (carbon credits).

Extract from the Blue Carbon Lab Website

Your guide to the insects of Central Victoria

Male Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) on a Euryomyrtus ramosissima (Rosy Heath Myrtle). For reference, the flowers of this species are 6 – 10 mm in size © John Walter

Our gardens and bushlands are host to a wide range of beneficial insects, many of whom go unnoticed in your daily life due to their size. Local pollinators are adapted to spread the reproductive material from local plant to local plant. As many of our indigenous flowers are tiny, so to are the majority of our insect pollinators.

While you may not always see them, in the warmer months our gardens, farms and bush blocks are abuzz with all manner of local pollinators, including the more obvious butterflies, flies, bees, bugs and beetles.

This local guide is designed to help you identify these beneficial insects (and a whole lot more) and gives an idea of the type of plants you might find them in, should you decide to follow our advice and go looking.

The handy booklet is in the same format as local Council’s floraweeds and bird guides, and features over 220 local insect species in full colour.

The Upper Campaspe Landcare Network led the project to develop the guide, with partners Wombat Forestcare and local councils, Macedon Ranges, Bendigo, Mount Alexander and Hepburn.

The guide features a selection of pollinating insects observed during onground surveying across the Upper Campaspe Catchment by the UCLN Pollinator Project over nearly two years. Additional insect species are also included to demonstrate the incredible diversity of insect life found within our region.

Beautifully photographed by John Walter, Gayle Osborne, Lynda Wilson, Euan Moore, Albert Golden, Andrew Allen, Brian Bainbridge, Shiloh Ritchie and Roger Standen, these insects are likely to be observed if you sit quietly for 10 minutes in your garden or nearby bushland.

The guide is available at Council offices and is being distributed by the UCLN Landcare groups.