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Amy Denshire

  • published Shop in Bellingen Riverwatch 2018-09-03 04:22:14 +1000

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    We have got JUST 5 YEARS to turn the health of the river around for breeding of next generation.


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  • published Volunteer with Us in Bellingen Riverwatch 2018-08-17 17:01:19 +1000

    Volunteer With Us

     

     

    Interested in volunteering with in this fantastic program?

    A core part of Bellingen Riverwatch is the dedicated team of volunteer citizen scientists, who undertake monthly water quality testing along the Bellinger and Kalang Rivers. Each month, more than 20 volunteers test across 22 sites along the Bellinger and Kalang rivers. 

     

    What's Involved?

    Being a Bellingen Riverwatch volunteer involves sampling and testing from one site per month, on the second Tuesday or Wednesday of each month. New volunteers are trained in basic water quality testing by OzGREEN Co-Founder and CEO, Sue Lennox, and are supported by our Program Coordinator, Amy Denshire. Volunteers also get to take part in fun educational workshops and events (e.g. bird spotting, aquatic plant identification, water bug blitzes etc.).

    "I’ve loved sharing the information learnt with my children, and watching them learn, asking questions, and playing an active part in it." - Skye, Volunteer

    Register Your Interest

    Register your interest below and you will be notified of upcoming Volunteer Training Sessions. 

     

    Find Out More 

    Read more about Bellingen Riverwatch by visiting www.ozgreen.org/bellingen_riverwatch or phone Amy Denshire, the Bellingen Riverwatch Coordinator, for a chat on 0455 602 571. I'm always happy to talk any questions through that you may have. 

     

    Other Volunteering Opportunities

    We also need volunteers from time to time to help with events, promotion, website and social media. 

     


     

    Become a volunteer

  • published Contact in Bellingen Riverwatch 2018-08-17 16:35:42 +1000


    Contact the Coordinator

     

    Amy Denshire

    riverwatch@ozgreen.org.au 

    +61455 602 571

    www.facebook.com/AmyDenshire

     


    About Amy

    Amy loves connecting with people and helping community projects improve their processes and communication. Amy brings community building and marketing experience to Bellingen Riverwatch and has worked for OzGREEN previously with their Living Communities, Planet Savers and Youth Leading the World programs, as well as many other projects on the mid north coast over the past decade.

    Amy is excited to be working with Bellingen Riverwatch and to play a role in promoting river health and supporting the recovery of the Bellingen River Snapping Turtle. 




  • published Volunteer Resources in Bellingen Riverwatch 2018-08-17 16:25:17 +1000

  • published Results So Far in Bellingen Riverwatch 2018-08-17 16:24:36 +1000

     

    Results So Far 


    Where We Test

    The Bellingen Riverwatch program sees volunteers take monthly water quality data at 22 sites across the Bellinger and Kalang Rivers.


    What We Test For 

    Bellingen Riverwatch Volunteers conduct site assessments, take site photos and test water samples for the following indicators of river health:

    • Temperature
    • pH
    • Electrical Conductivity (Salinity)
    • Turbidity
    • Available Phosphate;
    • and Dissolved Oxygen.

    This is complemented by Faecal Coliform testing by OzGREEN and bi-annual water quality testing by Scientists from the Office of Environment and Heritage.


    Results Across All Sites - Coming Soon!!

    Click on the links below to view the dissolved oxygen, phosphates and temperature data across all sites.

    • Dissolved Oxygen
    • Phosphates
    • Temperature

     


    Site Specific Results - Coming Soon!!

    Click on the links below to view the dissolved oxygen, phosphates and temperature data over time for each site.

    Bellinger Catchment

    Kalang Catchment

    Bellinger 1

    • Dissolved Oxygen
    • Phosphates
    • Temperature Data

    Kalang 1

    • Dissolved Oxygen
    • Phosphates
    • Temperature Data

    Bellinger 2

    • Dissolved Oxygen
    • Phosphates
    • Temperature Data

    Kalang 2

    • Dissolved Oxygen
    • Phosphates
    • Temperature Data

    Bellinger 3

    • Dissolved Oxygen
    • Phosphates
    • Temperature Data

    Kalang 3

    • Dissolved Oxygen
    • Phosphates
    • Temperature Data

    Bellinger 4

    • Dissolved Oxygen
    • Phosphates
    • Temperature Data

    Kalang 4

    • Dissolved Oxygen
    • Phosphates
    • Temperature Data

    Bellinger 5

    • Dissolved Oxygen
    • Phosphates
    • Temperature Data

    Spicketts 1

    • Dissolved Oxygen
    • Phosphates
    • Temperature Data

    Bellinger 6

    • Dissolved Oxygen
    • Phosphates
    • Temperature Data
     

    Bellinger 7

    • Dissolved Oxygen
    • Phosphates
    • Temperature Data
     

    Rosewood 1

    • Dissolved Oxygen
    • Phosphates
    • Temperature Data
     

    Caratti Creek

    • Dissolved Oxygen
    • Phosphates
    • Temperature Data
     

    Never Never 1

    • Dissolved Oxygen
    • Phosphates
    • Temperature Data
     

    Never Never 2

    • Dissolved Oxygen
    • Phosphates
    • Temperature Data
     


  • published Partners & Scientists in Bellingen Riverwatch 2018-08-17 16:24:02 +1000

    Partners & Scientists


    Our Partners

    Bellingen Riverwatch has been developed and implemented by the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, Saving Our Species program and OzGREEN in partnership with Bellingen Shire Council, NSW Waterwatch, Western Sydney University, Taronga Zoo Sydney, Bellinger Landcare, Earthwatch Institute, Eco Logical Australia, North Coast Local Land Services and Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance.

    The breadth of project partners reflects the importance placed on working together collaboratively with key stakeholders who have a role to play in catchment health and biodiversity. This partnership approach allows us to leverage the expertise and available resources of a strong group of organisations and individuals.


    Our Scientists

    Bellingen Riverwatch brings together an exciting array of scientific expertise in the areas of: ecology, invertebrate taxonomy, citizen science project design, land management, monitoring and evaluation, aquatic ecology and water quality monitoring.

     

    Alicia Scanlon

    Alicia Scanlon is a fauna ecologist specialising in bats. She has worked locally as a consultant for Eco Logical Australia for the past ten years, on projects as diverse as residential subdivisions, management plans for Council reserves, fauna inventories of National Parks estate, road and rail upgrades including the Pacific Highway and monitoring of biodiversity on offset lands for the mining sector. Her work often takes her away from Bellingen and she has conducted fauna surveys along the East Coast of Australia.

     

    Geetha Ortac

    Geetha Ortac, Scientist – Citizen Science, is responsible for designing citizen science projects to support the Saving our Species program delivered by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Her interest is to develop citizen science projects that deliver scientific outcomes supporting threatened species management. Read More

     

     

    Gerry McGilvray

    Gerry McGilvray is the Project Coordinator of the Bellinger River Snapping Turtle Saving Our Species Project and coordinates other threatened species projects for the Office of Environment and Heritage.

    Gerry has a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Systems) and has worked in a variety of environmental management areas in the government and privates sector for over fifteen years including waste management and vegetation management. Read More

     

    Kristen Petrov

    Kristen Petrov is a PhD student at Western Sydney University and is studying the decline and ecology of the Bellinger River Snapping turtle. Kristen’s current research focuses on the remaining Bellinger River turtle population, its overlap in diet and habitat with the nonnative short-necked turtle, and the susceptibility of freshwater turtles to disease.

     

     

    Ingrid Garland

    Ingrid Garland is currently Director of a small consultancy – EnviroComm Connections, delivering services to clients on community engagement, citizen science, NSW Waterwatch and administrative projects in the natural resource management and agricultural sector in NSW. Instagram NSW Waterwatch Enviro Comm Connections

     

     

    Peter Serov 

    Peter Serov is an Environmental Scientist, Water Wetlands and Coastal Science with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Peter is an Aquatic Ecologist and Invertebrate Taxonomist who has worked in a range of environments for over thirty years. He specialises in the identification of aquatic macroinvertebrates and stygofauna (groundwater fauna) with a particular interest in the ecological condition assessments and management of Aquatic Ecosystems. Read More

     

    Phil Pisanu

    Phil Pisanu is an ecologist who has worked in Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales in research, conservation management and policy roles. Phil is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the programs of North Coast Local Land Services, which are focused on restoring terrestrial ecosystems and threatened species. Phil has been working with scientists and managers in the Border Ranges on Eastern Bristlebird recovery and will commence a vegetation monitoring project in the Jaliigirr Biodiversity Corridor in the next couple of months.

     

    Ricky Spencer 

    Ricky Spencer is the Head of WildLab and Associate Professor of Ecology at Western Sydney University. Ricky has spent more than fifteen years actively working on vertebrate pests. His major current projects include an ARC Linkage Project on the 'Turtle Crisis' in the Murray River, as well as developing optimal strategies to recover the Bellinger River Snapping Turtle. Ricky is also the manager and developer of TurtleSAT and WomSAT, two community mapping Citizen Science projects. Read More

     

    Sue Lennox (BSc DipEd)

    Sue is a former high school science teacher and the Co-Founder of Bellingen based not for profit OzGREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network Australia Inc). Sue is providing on-ground scientific support to Riverwatch during regular testing days, training new volunteers and monitoring Faecal coliform levels. It was Sue’s approach to the Office for Environment and Heritage Citizen Science Unit in September 2016, that was the catalyst for Riverwatch to begin. She brings 30 years of experience in river health citizen science and water quality monitoring. Sue has initiated many citizen science projects that have engaged people in caring for their rivers both nationally (including Bellinger River and Coffs Coast, Hunter River, Murray-Darling, Brisbane River, Sydney Basin, Adelaide Basin, Melbourne’s Yarra River and Hobart's Derwent River) and internationally (including Ganges River in India, Nepal, Timor Leste, Guatemala, El Salvador, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan). 

     



  • published Our Volunteers in Bellingen Riverwatch 2018-08-17 16:05:36 +1000

     

     

    A core part of Bellingen Riverwatch is the dedicated team of local volunteer citizen scientists, who undertake monthly water quality testing across 22 sites along the Bellinger and Kalang rivers. 

    This is complemented by Faecal Coliform testing by OzGREEN and bi-annual water quality testing by Scientists from the Office of Environment and Heritage.

    Volunteers have been trained in water quality monitoring techniques by lead scientists in the field and participate in extra optional training and workshops as the project unfolds (e.g. bird identification, water bug identification, etc).


    Meet Our Volunteers

     

    We asked our volunteers why they got involved in Bellingen Riverwatch...

     

    Cassandra Vockler

    "I recently moved to Bellingen and my niece, Skye, invited me to come along with her when she was doing the water testing. Having recently retired from a career in science I thought it would be a great way to help collect vital data needed to further understand the increasing stresses we put on our environment. Good data collection is at the core of good science so it is fundamental that we collect as much as possible.

    It also helps me integrate into the community and  I get to spend time by the river with my niece."

     

    Skye

    "In our little town of Bellingen, we are very lucky to have the Bellingen Riverwatch project making it possible for locals to become more educated and involved. I’ve loved sharing the information learnt with my children, and watching them learn, asking questions, and playing an active part in it.
     
    I’ve loved learning from the team and seeing their passion and enthusiasm around the project. I'd definitely recommend citizen science to anyone. It’s educational, inspiring and for people who didn't have university opportunities or have different careers. It’s a way to get involved in science and help."

     

    More volunteer bios coming soon!


    Meet Our Schools

     

    Bellingen High School

     

    Bellingen Primary School

     

    Chrysalis Steiner School

     

    Orama Public School

     

    St Mary’s Primary School


    Join Us

    Become a volunteer with this innovative citizen science program

    Register your interest to volunteer, check out our upcoming events, or contact us to find out more.  



  • published Bellingen Riverwatch 2018-08-17 16:01:40 +1000

     

    What is Bellingen Riverwatch?

    Bellingen Riverwatch is an innovative citizen science program to monitor and care for the health of the Bellinger and Kalang Rivers. Running since May 2017, this program engages the 25 local community volunteers and 5 schools to collect monthly water quality data. Scientists from OEH carry out a comprehensive bi-annual water quality and macroinvertebrate survey, and assist with data analysis and interpretation.

    Together, the aim is to build an evidence-based approach to monitoring the river health and facilitate further research to support conservation actions for endangered species, including the critically endangered Bellinger River Snapping Turtle ‘Myuchelys georgesi’.


    How Bellingen Riverwatch Began...

     


    Bellingen Riverwatch grew as a response to a severe mortality event, suffered by the Bellinger River Snapping Turtle in February 2015.

    Since the mortality event a disease investigation has identified a virus (Bellinger River Virus or BRV), previously not known to science, as the agent most likely to be responsible for the mortality event. Prior to this event, the population size for the species was estimated at 1600 – 4500 individuals. The current Bellinger River Turtle population is estimated to be between 200 and 300 individuals and predominantly juveniles.

    The Bellinger River Snapping Turtle (Myuchelys georgesi) was recently declared ‘Critically Endangered’ in NSW under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act), and nationally under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.  Main threats to this species include poor water quality, predation by foxes, and the past disease outbreak.

    In late 2016, following a request from OzGREEN, the Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH) in association with Saving our Species program, started the motion to design a community driven citizen science project. It was quickly apparent that the project will be long-term and needed a model which can sustain itself past any funding periods. To achieve this, it was important to work together collaboratively with the groups and agencies in the area and, leverage expertise and available resources.

    Eleven project partner organisations have come together to design and develop the program. All project partners contribute significantly to the success of Bellingen Riverwatch.

     


     


     


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