Inside: Future of Elsternwick Park, Help for our Little Penguins, recycle plastic at home, and new opportunities for action!
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The Future for Elsternwick Park
Only a few days left to input your own ideas into Bayside Council's 'Have Your Say' community consultation.  BUT NOTE - community consultations to develop ideas continue right through to June so there is still time to be involved.
This oasis for wildlife (600 to 700 species) is the only natural section of creek left in the region. Think of the flood management potential, stormwater purification, meadows of Indigenous wildflowers, edible plants, enhanced wetlands, frogs and tadpoles as well as other recreational development such as a women's AFL training ground. For more information, browse through the ideas on the Bayside website and have your say!
How many species would you expect to spot in a day around Elster Creek (Elwood Canal) - 27? 85? 200?
Find the answer at bottom of newsletter and learn what our Youth Wildlife Ambassador Gio and friends discovered on Harmony Day March 21.
Be the RE-Generation
Are you age 15-25? then  SIGN UP for FREE Baykeeper activities every Sunday in St Kilda from 4-6 pm and be champion for local biodiversity. Read more here 
FREE Teacher PD:
Boon Wurrung lens on Biodiversity

Connect to the landscape around you with Arweet Carolyn Briggs and Gio Fitzpatrick on 25/05/16 from 1-5p at our Teachers' Environment Network event. Supported by Port Phillip and Bayside, this session is free for Early Learning educators and School teachers.
Book your place
Leaf Literacy at School Holidays
Did you know leaves can be scratchy like sandpaper (Sandpaper Fig) or crisp like cucumber (Pigface)? Using science, story and song, children learned to sort and describe leaves scientifically based on their physical features. Port Melbourne Librarians said our educator Sharron Hunter "quickly enthused the 4-6 year-olds who loved tracing the leaves. Parent feedback highlighted her ability to engage with the children and to those who asked can we do birthday parties? YES!
Book an Educator Experience

Welcome Anthony Gallacher

Volunteer Coordinator
Adding to our pool of highly skilled and qualified staff, Anthony (Master Environment Science, BSci Zoology) has recently honed his coordination and facilitation expertise working for Loddon Plains Landcare groups.

The EcoCentre loves our volunteers! Do you love to garden, are you keen to help citizen science, skilled in fundraising, or a qualified teacher? Make a difference with our team.

Volunteer to protect the local environment
Help for our Little Penguins

Home to a colony of 1200 Little Penguins (also called Fairy Penguins) St Kilda Breakwater was recently in the news for all the wrong reasons. The Little Penguins were subject to violence.

The sad and shocking attacks on the Little Penguins over the Easter period have brought a new determination to our community to do what they can to help the colony. To offer support we recommend becoming a member of Earthcare St Kilda. Since 1989 they have been protecting and researching the penguins. As a member you support their work, and you may choose to be more hands-on and volunteer.

Now for 10 fun facts about Little Penguins … did you know?
They are the littlest penguins in the world
They are the most vocal penguins with at least nine different call sounds
They go to sea before sunrise, and come ashore after sundown
They are the only penguin species that comes ashore at night instead of day
They have superpowers - In the ocean they can stay underwater for over a minute
They “fly” through the water with their flippers, using their feed as rudders to steer
They oil their feathers with a gland hidden near their tails. Presto waterproofing!
Little Penguins have 3-4 times more feathers than flying birds ie.10 000 feathers! This helps with insulation against icy ocean water
Both Mum & Dad raise and feed the chicks. It’s a lot of work
Little Penguins hold dual citizenship as both Aussies and Kiwis
3 minute clips that will change your world    
build your own plastics recycling
the Billion Bug Highway

Elwood Wildlife Challenge

On Harmony Day March 21st the theme for the Elster Creek friends was to show that humans and animals can live together, and the challenge set was to see more species in the local area than can be seen at the Melbourne Zoo, that is, more than 320! Did the volunteers do it? YES! 372 species were recorded! For more on this story, look up Friends of Elster Creek where the story of this inspiring day will soon be told! And watch for Gio's all-ages wildlife walks - they book out quickly!
City of Port Phillip pioneer Melbourne Renewable Energy Project
This week, Mayor Bernadene Voss announced  "A consortium of large scale energy consumers, including the City of Port Phillip, are together collaborating in a project led by the City of Melbourne to invest in a significant renewable energy project." Port Phillip Council’s street lights and three town halls could be powered by “green” energy following a tender released 20/4 to develop a large scale renewable energy plant in regional Australia that would generate enough to power 28,000 Melbourne homes.
This is the first time that large scale energy consumers have banded together in Australia to investigate collectively buying renewable energy. View the infographic about the project!
Mark Your Diary

Westgate Park: flora & fauna volunteering
every Monday & Tuesday - info here

SCAN:  Growing & cooking Bush Foods
26 May 6:30-8:30p, St Kilda Town Hall
FREE - booking info here
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