Growling Grass Frog (Litoria raniformis) Photo by Richard Akers
Pelican at Brookfield (24 Jan 2010)
Lower Arnolds Creek Gorge (17 Jan 2013)
Caroline Springs birdwalk (24 Jan 2013)
Watering at Brookfield (2 Feb 2013)
Manmade Wetland at Caroline Springs with GGF's
On Tuesday 6th August MEG took delivery of about 600 plants from the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.
Seeds from local indigenous plants are collected by local environmental groups & forwarded to the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre where they are germinated and grown by women in the Centre under the direction of teacher Judy Allen (of Kangan Institute) and Helen Scott (Dept of Corrections). The Dame Phyllis Frost Centre has initiated an innovative project for growing native plants for the purposes of restoration of the natural environment as part of a horticulture course under the Kangan Institute.
MEG is happy to welcome 8 new members from Brookfield Village Retirement Home; Bev Dutton, Bruce Harris, John & Lois Brewis, John Dunn, Alan Merlo, Val Thomson, & Ron Chalmers.
Bev & Bruce have both been active in helping organise planting at the new site between the lane & the freeway. The others helped plant at our first planting here on Planet Ark National Treeday on Sunday 28th July. A total of 25 people planted about 400 plants.
East & West branches of Arnolds Creek converge south-east of the corner of Coburns Road & the Western Highway. Brookfield Lifestyle Retirement Village is situated on both sides of Arnolds Creek at this point, on Coburns Road. Between this wetland & Black Dog Drive the creek runs through a small remnant mixed Red Gum / Grey Box /Yellow Box woodland. The narrow point of land where these branches converge contains an even smaller Grey Box woodland remnant.
Arnolds Creek flows for over half its course through the town of Melton. It flows from Minns Road to the north of Melton, to the Melton Reservoir in the south. It connects the woodland areas to the north & north-west of Melton to the Werribee River volcanic gorge in the south.
On Saturday 20th July MEG hosted a bird walk in Toolern Regional Park. The morning was cold & grey but Geraldine, Brian, Nora & Daryl of MEG braved the bleak weather. Despite the weather Nora predicted that prospects of seeing birds were good; as after two days of wet, stormy weather, the birds may take advantage of the fine morning to come out for a feed.