Water, the great connector.
Linking freshwater ecosystems at a time of climate change
Ararat, 22 & 23 June 2018
Just as our terrestrial species require connected habitats - so do frogs, invertebrates, fish and other aquatic species. Water is the great connector - providing passage and connecting environments.
The 2018 Biolinks Alliance Annual Symposium will explore the pivotal role that water plays as a connector and the waterscapes and aquatic species that rely on it.
With a strong focus on central Victorian systems - the creeks, rivers and their headwaters, the small temporary wetlands and soaks, the Symposium will provide practical and locally relevant knowledge for Alliance members and anyone with an interest in conservation.
Running across two days, the program will be made up of:
KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS from five leading scientists:
- Professor Nick Bond, Director of the Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre - Protecting our catchments to conserve biodiversity in rivers and streams
- Professor Don Driscoll - Director Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University - Frog movements - importance of connectivity between wetlands/floodplains/rivers
- Dr Michelle Casanova - Federation University - Temporary lakes, swamps and wetlands
- Dr Jon Fawcett, CDMSmith - Groundwater dependant ecosystems , their importance, the GDE Atlas, threats to and management of..
- Darren Griffin, Barnegi Gadgin Land Council - Barnegi Gadgin - cultural water.
INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS designed to give participants knowledge to implement new approaches to water in their landscapes, around the themes:
- Environmental water
- River frontage restoration
- Managing spring soaks, bogs and wetlands
- Leaky landscapes
SYMPOSIUM DINNER at Barney's in Pomonal (Bus to and from Pomonal included in ticket price)
- Archaeologist, Professor Susan Lawrence speaking about how the gold rush changed Victoria's river systems, and the opportunity to network with other attendees from across the state
FIELD DAY (23 June) A field trip to wetlands in various stages of health along the base of the Grampians and to an exciting new swamp restoration project, Walkers Swamp, undertaken by the Nature Glenelg Trust
FIELD TRIP TO WALKER SWAMP