Seymour Telegraph

CITIZEN SCIENCE: GLIDER SPOTLIGHT WALKS AT TWILIGHT

- ● For informatio­n, email Vanessa (project co-ordinator) at SeymourUrb­anLandcare@ gmail.com

Have a look at what’s happening with the Biolink Corridors for Gliders in Seymour project.

The project encourages young people to learn about gliders and help restore their habitat. Conservati­on efforts help support threatened species before they disappear into extinction.

These walks will be guided by ecologist Chris Pocknee from the Central Victorian Biolinks Alliance. He will bring a video camera and a thermal scope.

Other experts will be there to provide extra support during the walk and to show attendees how they can contribute to citizen science projects by recording their sightings with a GPS tracker. Participan­ts should bring their own torch where possible; there are six head torches to share and a few more hand torches.

Attendees are asked to wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes or boots.

Dates and locations may be subject to change, in which case organisers will post an update (participan­ts should check their email or the group’s Facebook page).

Walk one:

Friday, August 25, 5:45 pm until 7pm. Meet at the end of Bolton St off Emily St, Seymour.

The group will walk on a path along the Goulburn River up to where Whiteheads Creek merges in (about 500m). A low-difficulty walk, suitable for everyone. Watch out if wondering away from the path at dark, as there are steep banks going straight into the river. Parking is available at the end of Bolton Rd, or nearby along Hanna St.

Walk two:

Thursday, August 31, 5:45pm until 7pm at Seymour Bushland Park, Telegraph Rd entrance.

How to get there: from Seymour take the Goulburn Valley Hwy towards Yea; past the golf course turn left into Telegraph Rd and after 1.3km there is a gate on the left. The gate will be open to allow for more parking spaces. The group will walk on a path inside the reserve (fenced area), where there’s a few old trees with hollows, ideal for spotting gliders. Low level of difficulty, suitable for everyone. The length of the walk will vary according to circumstan­ces. Watch out for tripping hazards, especially if wandering away from the path and into the bush. Walk three:

Saturday, September 2 from 5:45pm until 7pm at the end of Anglesey St, off Anzac Ave.

The group will walk to the Goulburn River on a slope and uneven terrain and then on a path along the river for 1km or more, according to circumstan­ces. Compared to the previous ones, this walk will be a bit longer and may present more tripping hazards. Participan­ts can decide to leave earlier and go back to Anglesey St, if they have their own torch.

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