Mangroves are great fish habitat, help keep Moreton Bay clean and protect our shorelines from erosion.
But, are mangroves in the Logan River healthy and doing their job? What can you do to help them? To find out, come along to Kimberley College, Carbrook on 19th August when scientists and citizen scientists will be “Putting a spotlight on mangroves”.
Trained, equipped and keen to gather data on riverine mangrove condition the citizen scientists, which included students from Logan schools and members of Wildlife Queensland Logan Branch, filmed 65 kilometres of the Logan and Albert Rivers. The scientific analysis of this baseline data will be presented by JCU TropWater MangroveWatch scientists Jock Mackenzie and Dr Norm Duke who will enthuse you with a visually-compelling and information-packed presentation featuring imagery and other data captured by the crews.
Data will cover Logan and Redland Council areas, Moreton Bay Marine Park and the Jumpinpin Fish Habitat Area (FHA). The presentation will also include a historical perspective of Logan River mangroves, an update on current mangrove condition and options for shoreline rehabilitation.
The project received EnviroGrant funds from the Logan City Council and the Scientific Report will be shared with Council to inform their natural resource management. Other project partners were the Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre who liaised with schools and provided vessels for the monitoring.
“Putting a spotlight on mangroves” will be held at Kimberley College, Krueger Road Carbrook. Doors open at 5.30pm 19th August for networking with presentations commencing at 6.30pm and concluding by 9pm.
Come along for a scientific analysis presented in an easy-to-understand format, to learn of the multiple benefits provided by mangroves and to experience a blend of science and art from a diverse group of people with a similar interest.
“Putting a spotlight on mangroves” is part of activities for National Science Week, Australia’s annual opportunity to meet scientists, discuss the hot topics, do science and celebrate its cultural and economic impact on society. Now in its eighteenth year, National Science Week is one of Australia’s largest festivals, with last year’s programme offering over 1000 events throughout Australia, reaching an audience of over a million people.
National Science Week event details for 2015 can be found at http://www.scienceweek.net.au
More information or to connect with other Logan River MangroveWatch Project partners: Debra Henry, WPSQ CCS email@example.com 0439 914 631
Scientists, citizen scientists, council officers and locals unite to support “Vision in Mangroves” an art exhibition by Narelle Renn which will be opened by Dr Norm Duke on Saturday 11th July at 11.30am. Other notable speakers will visit the island through the week so don’t miss out. Check the Program and Speaker Profiles here
If you like fish, or coral or clean water . . . then you must like mangroves!
During the past six months Citizen Scientists and students from the Logan area have monitored the banks of the Logan and Albert Rivers. They’ve been onboard vessels from Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre and used the Shoreline Video Assessment Method (SVAM) of monitoring mangroves.
As part of National Science Week celebrations we’ll be putting the spotlight on mangroves by revealing the results of this collaborative project. The Logan-Albert MangroveWatch participants will share through the arts and performance what mangroves mean to them, and MangroveWatch Scientists Jock Mackenzie and Dr Norm Duke will enthuse you with their info-packed presentation on the results of these community mangrove surveys.
Check out the National Science Week webpage for this and other great events.
Always on the lookout for good stories, Terri Begley took to the waters with Wildlife Queensland’s Coastal Citizen Scientists yesterday to monitor Kedron Brook. More here http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2015/02/mangrooving-with-citizen-scientists-in-brisbane.html
During 2014, 91 Citizen Scientists volunteered 565 hours to monitor seagrass and mangroves in and around Moreton Bay – its creeks, rivers and islands. This provides a valuable database from which to assess changes; it contributes to natural resource management decisions; and it increases awareness and custodianship. THANK YOU x 91 – great efforts! With your help we can continue during 2015! Read more in our 1501014 WPSQCCS 2014 Summary