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Flora and Fungi survey, Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve

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Thank you for registering for a Plant, Fungi & Frog survey. We are looking forward to seeing you. If you find you can't attend, please contact Sue (email: friendsvolunteer1989@gmail.com or text 0490 747 665) so someone on the waiting list can be invited. With thanks, Sue

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Meeting point: near cnr Miller and Evans Roads, Macclesfield (parking on road verge opposite the listed street address)

19 Miller Road

Macclesfield, VIC 3782

Australia

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Thank you for registering for a Plant, Fungi & Frog survey. We are looking forward to seeing you. If you find you can't attend, please contact Sue (email: friendsvolunteer1989@gmail.com or text 0490 747 665) so someone on the waiting list can be invited. With thanks, Sue
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Can you use a smartphone or camera? That's all you need, along with a sense of adventure, to help visually record what's calling YNCR home.

About this event

Come prepared, it will be cold - it's very close to winter solstice. The flip side is we'll also reap the benefits of this adventure!

It’s a season where there's an explosion of fungi varieties and colour, reminding us of the vital role they play in the ecosystem as recyclers and beneficial relationships with other species eg orchids and humans! 

PLEASE BE AWARE: At this particular Flora and Fungi survey (01/06/21), we will have a filming crew from Remember the Wild joining us. They are working with the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater on a promotional video. We will be specifically filming two of the children participating in the Flora and Fungi survey with their family, however, all survey participants will be asked on the day if they do or don't wish to be filmed in the background of shots - you will not be asked to speak to camera. It will be totally up to you whether you say yes or no, and your wishes will be respected. If you say 'yes', you will be asked to complete a consent form, allowing us to use that footage.

IMPORTANTLY... the day is about what we are ALL doing! 

Explore | Learn | Share: Our mission? With no experience or knowledge needed, and a few minutes to learn, we'll use our own smart phone and the iNaturalist app to record what grabs our attention, automatically adding these observations to our iNaturalist Project: 'Yellingbo and surrounds'. Before you come, download the iNaturalist app on App Store or Google Play and sign-up. We'll show you how to use it on the day. No experience needed.  

This morning is all about learning from each other, with a focus on enjoying being out in the bush together. No experience is needed, just a willingness to participate.

THE DAY'S PLAN

NOTE. All Friends of HeHo volunteer activities will be managed in alignment with the Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Friends COVID Safe Plan, including the need for 1.5m physical distancing, good hygiene and the wearing of face masks where required. If you feel at all unwell on the day, please do not attend and call/text Sue to let her know (0490 747 665).

Also note. There are no facilities at this site (eg there are no buildings, toilets, seats etc), so BYO everything you need for a field based (bush walk) activity. As it's a bush toilet event, you are free at any time to find a suitable bush when we are on site.

At 8.30am meet Sue in the off-street parking area. Sign in, grab your water and gear and be ready to join the team.

No later than 8.45am we'll be heading through the locked Reserve gate and off to our survey site.

NB there is limited parking at this site so numbers will be restricted.

It helps if you can bring a fluoro vest for this survey, as we will be walking on vehicle tracks within the Reserve, however I will have some to loan.

Our total walk for the day will be up to 5 km, and you will be standing/bending. All of this will be at your own pace.

At 12 noon we'll be back at a central meeting point and start to wind up. You may like to get out your BYO cuppa, lunch and chair to join others - in a 1.5m social distancing gathering - for a chat before heading home. It's your choice.

At 12.45pm we need to have completed our virtual group high-5, signed out (to enable COVID-19 tracing if required) and left.

About the surveys

Participants who come regularly will be using the magic of the Citizen Science apps iNaturalist, Birdata &/or FrogID to record and verify the species we observe. If you're new to our surveys, we are very happy to show you how on the day, and get you involved. No experience or knowledge needed. You'll just need a smartphone (with the app downloaded and sign-up before you come - service coverage can make this hard on the day) or a camera and be prepared to share photos of what you find.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) answered

What COVID-19 precautions are being taken?

The health and safety of our volunteers, staff and of the broader community is of paramount importance to us. We will be conservative in our approach, and don't apologise for that. We ask for your cooperation and respect for what the event leader requests in these challenging times.

All Friends of HeHo volunteer activities will be managed in alignment with the Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Friends COVID Safe Plan, including the need for 1.5m physical distancing, good hygiene and the wearing of face masks where required.

If you feel at all unwell on the day, please do not attend and call/text Sue to let her know (0490 747 665).

Can I attend if I live, or spend time (eg shop, work), in an area that the Victorian Government has declared a COVID-19 community transmission hotspot?

No. The registration process asks for your suburb and postcode to help us monitor who is coming in case of any changed advice from the Victorian Government.

We ask that you also keep yourself informed and let us know if you should not attend an activity you are registered for, or conversely, could now attend.

What if someone doesn't do the right thing at an activity?

Any breach of what is reasonably asked jeopardises the health of others and potentially the extended HeHo program (our workplace could be put into isolation/quarantine). Any breaches will not be tolerated and that person will be asked by the activity leader to leave. We don't apologise for being strict about that. The aim is a good experience for all.

I'm registered. Can I bring someone else with me?

No. To ensure we meet our COVID Safe Plan requirements, including number limits, only registered participants may attend.

How will you ensure I don't get fined because the activity (group gathering) is different to what the Victorian Government allow?

The planned activities are permitted under current Victorian Government (Vic Govt), Parks Victoria (PV) and Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater (FoHH) COVID-19 restrictions and COVID Safe Plans.

However, COVID-19 restrictions can change with little warning. We will monitor this and adapt the program according to the latest requirements eg maximum participant numbers - inclusive of any paid staff attending. At our discretion, we may choose to be more conservative than the current restrictions.

All activities will require pre-registration, with registrations closing 24 hours in advance of a planned activity. A waiting list will be maintained. When you register, you will be automatically advised if you either have a ticket and can attend, or are on the waiting list which means you cannot just turn up. For those on a waiting list, if a space becomes available, you will be advised. If certain activities prove popular, more date/s will be scheduled where possible.

Our group gatherings maintain a distance from all other gatherings, where possible. The meeting point listed is important to ensure we don't impact on other group activities, such as the nursery, habitat restoration and field programs.

Can I arrive later than the arrival/start time?

No. We need to be strict about these. You need to be able to commit to the arrival/start times listed.

Can I leave early?

Maybe, with prior knowledge. If you need to leave earlier than listed, this is OK if we're near your car. Please talk to Sue if you think this will apply to you. It helps if you don't wait and ask on the day (except for unplanned circumstances!).

Is there a minimum number for an activity to proceed?

Yes. Minimum numbers are at the discretion of the activity leader. You will be advised with at least 24 hours notice if minimum numbers aren't attained. We will reschedule where possible.

Can we carpool?

No. The message has been consistent. Unless it's someone from your own immediate household, avoid carpooling.

What equipment will I have to share?

The activities are being planned so that very little 'special' equipment is needed. We will bring cleaned equipment eg binoculars, planting tools with us, and provide disposable gloves/disinfecting wipes for anything that may need to be shared. It is recommended however, that you BYO any personal hygiene items you would want. Be mindful that just getting equipment out of the car means someone has handled it.

See the 'What to bring' list for further information, and add whatever you would want to make your day more comfortable.

What to bring

To every activity:

  • your own drinking water is required (1 litre minimum). You will not be near any taps
  • your mobile phone. We need to be able to contact you at any time
  • expect to get dirty, or perhaps even muddy, remembering that Yellingbo is a swampy area. Wear appropriate clothing for time in the bush, including long sleeves/pants. Closed toe shoes/boots are required. Gumboots are likely to be a good idea in the days following rain
  • hat, sunscreen, insect repellant (or raincoat if showers are expected)
  • a pocket full of toilet paper/tissues (for the bush toilet)
  • your own tea/coffee, cup, food, cutlery, chairs etc. Sharing is not permitted, so please bring what you need
  • we will provide disinfecting wipes for any shared equipment we need for the activity, a first-aid kit, disposable gloves and hand sanitiser. Please also bring the personal hygiene items you would want
  • For the 'Bird, Platypus, Flora &/or Fungi surveys' and 'Nature Walks': binoculars or camera (if you have them), notepad and pen (no voice recording please so we can keep noise levels done and listen), any fauna/flora ID book or app you may want. NB we do not use bird call apps or playback at surveys
  • For the 'HeHo habitat planting' activities: gardening gloves (optional)
  • For the 'Let's get it done group' activities: Optional: secateurs and/or long-handled loppers, binoculars and GPS device.

You haven't said you'll do or bring things I would want?

Bring what will make you feel comfortable about participating in the planned activity eg you may like to bring your own planting tool. If you still feel uncomfortable, please listen to that inner voice and consider whether this is the right activity for you to attend. If you're opting out, please also consider telling Sue why. We are open to planning a different type of activity that would make it possible for you to attend, where we can.

Can I share something I bring?

No, sorry, not until COVID Normal is reached for Victoria. No exceptions.

Will toilets be available?

No, expect that they won't be. We are required to distance from other program groups (where the toilets are). Expect that you will not be able to access toilets in the Reserve, on any day, in the foreseeable future. Expect that all activities will be 'bush toilet' events, and come prepared.

Under what circumstances would you cancel an activity?

Our usual extreme weather cancellation policy will apply - all activities are automatically cancelled on days of Total Fire Ban or if winds are expected to be 50 km/h or more. In addition, there's no prizes for toughing it out. If it's too wet or local conditions unsuitable, we will reschedule - watch out for Sue's text the day prior. We are in the Yarra Valley, so expect it to be cool-cold in the morning. The dropping air here is one of the key reasons Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve has the plant species that enable the Helmeted Honeyeater to exist here.

Will it be enjoyable?

We really hope so! The focus of activities will be on just getting out and doing it. Our objective is to get something really needed done, and to enjoy doing it together.

Can I ask another question?

Absolutely! At any time, please text Sue your question. Please be aware that Sue works 1 day p/wk. Her phone will be turned on the day prior to an event, but turned off after 5pm.

Location

Meeting point: near cnr Miller and Evans Roads, Macclesfield (parking on road verge opposite the listed street address)

19 Miller Road

Macclesfield, VIC 3782

Australia

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Organiser Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater

Organiser of Flora and Fungi survey, Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve

Part-time paid employees of the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater work with and alongside the community in practical, on-ground activities that progress recovery objectives for the Critically Endangered Helmeted Honeyeater. Staff are supported by a volunteer committee of management.

We are all looking after a special part of the natural world in and surrounding Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve (YNCR) Victoria. An amazing array of unique, and more common, plants and animals share, and need, this ecosystem into the future.

Individuals can make a difference to threatened species, but a team of people working together achieve the best long-term outcomes. We welcome and value your involvement.

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