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Biodiversity Blitz @ City of Greater Dandenong

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The City of Casey and Greater Dandenong's Biodiversity Blitz started at the beginning of September and will continue till 16 October 2020. Wanting to gain a greater understanding of what species are in their councils, they're asking the community to make as many recordings as they can during this period. This is also a competition between the two councils with individual prizes available. If you are reporting from City of Greater Dandenong, to record your sightings see here and here for project requirements. You can download the Growing Biodiversity booklet here. Why not sign up for Greater Dandenong Environment Events and News.

Our wildlife needs you. All you need to do is walk around your neighbourhood, observing current Covid-19 laws and restrictions, and record indigenous plants and animals that live across the Casey and Dandenong neighbouring municipalities with your mobile phone.


The first thing you need to do is Download the iNaturalist App . Next, register to the iNaturalist Greater Dandenong online, to participate. Lastly, start recording! The App is easy to use and there's an iNaturalist community that can help you identify your species. Winners of the comp (1 Sep-16 Oct) will be announced on Friday 23 Oct 2020.

Tread lightly and carefully and respect our plants and wildlife when taking photos. Find out more here about what to do if you come across injured wildlife. If you come across young birds on the ground, leave them unless they are seriously injured. For more insight and info see here. For more iNaturalist Training, see here for upcoming events which are all FREE.


Biodiversity is the variety of all living things; the different plants, animals and microorganisms and the ecosystems they form. Councils approach is to engage everyone in the municipality to focus on growing biodiversity in their backyard and neighbourhood. With bushland areas fragmented, it's difficult for animals to move safely from area to area and by planting up your backyards with habitat plants to attract animals, you provide shelter, food and nesting options and green corridors. Council provides a range of resources, educational displays, events and community planting days to educate and inspire the community to do what they can to increase biodiversity.

See here to download posters that gives you ideas on how to attract the following to your garden; Frogs; Skinks; Parrots; Honeyeaters; Small Birds. The Council also has a Habitat, Hollows and Nesting Box Program running and have been installing nesting boxes with the assistance of schools; and creating hollows in old, dead trees and logs. You'll find said nesting boxes if you take a stroll along Dandenong Creek Reserve or Fotheringham Reserve.


SUPPORTING BIODIVERSITY

EVENTS

To support biodiversity and maintain a stable natural environment, Council is running a Healthy Soil in a Wildlife Garden event online, and it's FREE. A healthy soil full of life is fundamental to the health of our gardens in supporting biodiversity and maintaining a stable natural environment. register here to attend on Tuesday 15 Sep 2020 from 7-8.30pm. This is only the 2nd session in an 8 part series. You can attend all sessions or just ones that interest you. Each session must be booked individually and you can register through Eventbrite. There are many other interesting events you might like to join as follows.

Wed 16 Sep 6.30pm - Backyards for Biodiversity - Sharing Your Garden with Wildlife
Tue 29 Sep 10am - Sharing your Garden with Wildlife - An Introduction

For more information or questions, you can contact Council on 8571 1702 and follow them on social media.

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Why? City of Greater Dandenong Biodiversity Blitz
When: 1 Sep to 16 Oct 2020
Where: Online
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