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Flow-MER Fridays — Autumn 2024

by Chris Walsh • June 12, 2024
Flow-MER Fridays — Autumn 2024 Our Flow-MER Fridays line-up this Autumn includes: Environmental Water: Supporting the right plants in the right places — Recording available Flows, fish and connectivity — Recording available Species conservation in the age of uncertainty — Recording available This series of Flow-MER Fridays has now concluded. Recordings of each session are [...]

Rakali research in the Murrumbidgee

by Anna Turner • April 16, 2024
Rakali research in the Murrumbidgee Interview with PhD student Emmalie Sanders Emmalie Sanders is a PhD student with the School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University. She has spent the last few years conducting research on rakali (native water rats) in the Murrumbidgee catchment area. We caught up with Emmalie to [...]

Investigating the water requirements of the endangered Australasian bittern

by Skye Wassens et al. • April 3, 2024
Investigating the water requirements of the endangered Australasian bittern By Skye Wassens (CSU), Elizabeth Znidersic (CSU), Sarah Talbot (CSU), Andrew Hall (CSU), Jennifer Spencer (DCCEW), and Helen P. Waudby (DCCEW) Detecting Australasian bitterns can be a challenge. They are listed as Endangered in Australia with only 1300 estimated left in the wild nationally. They are [...]

Where have all the freshwater mussels gone?

by Margrit Beemster • February 21, 2024
Where have all the freshwater mussels gone? Author: Margrit Beemster Photo credit: Michael Griffin and Nicole McCasker, Charles Sturt University It wasn’t that long ago that freshwater mussels numbered in their “hundreds of thousands” throughout the Murray-Darling Basin. “Most people I’ve spoken to have stories of mussels being everywhere when they were children, but now [...]

Waterbird breeding in the Lower Murrumbidgee wetlands

by Jennifer Spencer et al. • January 18, 2024
Waterbird breeding in the Lower Murrumbidgee wetlands By Jennifer Spencer (NSW DCCEEW), Kate Brandis (UNSW), Roxane Francis (UNSW), Sarah Talbot and Anna Turner (CSU) | Murrumbidgee Monitoring Evaluation and Research (MER) Program Many waterbird species can nest together, often in very large numbers, these include cormorants, pelicans, ibis, egrets and herons. We closely monitor waterbird [...]

Cracking the code: Decoding the Monitoring, Evaluation and Research space – how do they inform effective water management in the Murray–Darling Basin

by Xavier and Irene • January 16, 2024
Cracking the code: Decoding the Monitoring, Evaluation and Research space – how do they inform effective water management in the Murray–Darling Basin By Xavier and Irene | Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder  Caution, this article contains acronyms! If you have stumbled across the terms MD-WERP, TLM, Flow-MER and others, you’d be forgiven if you thought you [...]

Higher diversity of turtle species observed at wetland sites which receive environmental water delivery

by Anna Turner • December 14, 2023
Higher diversity of turtle species observed at wetland sites which receive environmental water delivery By Anna Turner | Murrumbidgee Monitoring Evaluation and Research (MER) Program The Murrumbidgee River, including its tributaries and wetlands, is home to three species of freshwater river turtles. Two of these species fit in the genus Chelodina, known as snake-neck turtles. [...]

From little things…

by Adam Kerezy • November 8, 2023
From Little Things... The evolution of environmental education in the mid-Lachlan By Adam Kerezsy | Lachlan Monitoring Evaluation and Research (MER) Program I became involved with the communication and engagement component of the FlowMER program in the Lachlan following returning to my home in Lake Cargelligo following an extended period working in western Queensland. That [...]

Needle in a haystack – A chance discovery of one of the Murray-Darling Basin’s endangered fish has been made in the lower Lachlan

by Adam Kerezy • August 7, 2023
Needle in a haystack A chance discovery of one of the Murray-Darling Basin’s endangered fish has been made in the lower Lachlan By Adam Kerezsy | Lachlan Monitoring Evaluation and Research (MER) Program The Olive perchlet – a small, transparent and carnivorous fish – is listed as an endangered species in western New South Wales, [...]

Investigating the water requirements of the endangered Australasian bittern

by Sarah Talbot • July 31, 2023
Investigating the water requirements of the endangered Australasian bittern By Sarah Talbot | Murrumbidgee Monitoring Evaluation and Research (MER) Program The Australasian bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus) is an iconic waterbird colloquially known as the Bunyip bird, due to its deep booming, nocturnal call. Sadly, the Australasian bittern is endangered, and it is estimated that only 1,300 [...]

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