Spring into Conservation…
With the arrival of warmer weather, we have plenty of volunteer opportunities
across Australia and New Zealand.
Join us to make a difference and enjoy some healthy outdoor activities!
This month, we’re also offering the opportunity to make an Ethical Switch with your household energy choices. It’s easy and simple to do – and for every switcher, $50 is donated to Conservation Volunteers Australia. You can also find ways to solve some tricky recycling problems through our partners at Terracycle, and start Christmas shopping early with our beautiful new Conservation Calendars.
Read on for details of these opportunities plus projects coming up around
Australia and New Zealand!
Make an Ethical Switch...
Conservation Volunteers Australia has partnered with Ethical Switch for an 8 week fundraising campaign to focus on the impact that a household’s energy choices can make on the environment. Ethical Switch presents a comparison of all electricity providers within an area in terms of carbon emissions, renewable energy investment and customer satisfaction. By choosing one of their high rated providers, customers are directly supporting investment in renewable energy in Australia.
Our partnership with Ethical Switch promotes investment in renewable energy and it also directly benefits Conservation Volunteers. For each person that switches to one of the Ethical Switch recommended companies, we will receive a $50 donation. So get behind renewable power and get switching!
Buy A Conservation Calendar...
Our beautiful Conservation Wall Calendar for 2016 features a selection of Australia’s precious wildlife, that is under threat from habitat destruction, feral predation or climate change. Each month contains a stunning illustration from the hand of Joanne Pearcy, complete with a brief species description.
Proceeds from the sale of the calendars will be donated to the vital conservation initiatives taking place around Australia.
CVA Members receive a complimentary Calendar, retailing at $26.00 (including P&H), as part of their membership subscription.
These gorgeous calendars are available now from our Online Store with some great specials when you buy two or three together (2 for $44 and 3 for just $54.00 inc. P&H within Australia)
Why not order an extra Conservation Volunteers Calendar as a special gift this Christmas, taking advantage of these special savings - as well as promoting conservation through your gift.
Order Today - Don’t Miss Out!
http://store.conservationvolunteers.org or call 1800 032 501
Solve Your Recycling Problems! ...
Sign up or join a TerraCycle Brigade, recycle your unwanted goods and support Conservation Volunteers all at the same time! For every piece of waste collected you can donate two cents to Conservation Volunteers. This waste will be diverted from landfills and upcycled into new products – sign up at http://www.conservationvolunteers.com.au/about-us/our-partnerships/terracycle
What's on Near You?
(For more information on any of the highlighted projects, please click the project name to be directed straight to the project link.)
Help preserve the ecological and habitat values of Weiti River through identification and control of environmental pest plants on the banks of the Weiti River in Silverdale.
Landcorp Riparian Planting Project
2nd – 6th November
Join now to make create lasting benefits to the Riparian Catchments and to the sustainability of Landcorps Cape Foulwind Dairy Farms. Don’t let the name put you off – the stunning backdrop and proximity to Tauranga Bay Seal Colony and the Paporoa Range are sure to delight.
Love to see a ‘bird on the wing’. Come and be part of a rejuvenating of this unique sanctuary in Sorell, and learn various conservation techniques, view the amazing birdlife and help be part of the first stages of this project.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Give your time to this ongoing partnership which is enhancing and protecting the native wildlife of Tasmania. Be part of the ‘behind the scenes’ of a wildlife sanctuary – and feel the immediate rewards. Join now!
Help save the Eastern Barred Bandicoot at Woodlands Historic Park
Join us in the ‘Back Paddock’ at Woodlands – and monitor and maintain the perimeter fence, control weeds and plant native grasses the bandicoots call home. Do it for the coots!
Point Richards Flora and Fauna Reserve
Want to restore the habitat for the animals that live at Point Richards Flora and Fauna Reserve. Your help will ensure the frogs will have a great chance to breed up this Spring, and really secure their place in the wetlands. You will be helping to build a thriving ecostystem that will support other animals too, such as native mammals, birds and reptiles.
St Leonards Salt Lagoon Protection
Do you want salt with that? Help to identify and remove invasive weeds from the St Leonards Salt Lagoon and you will be protecting the amazing 41 species of waterbirds recorded using the lagoon (included 16 with special conservation status) for years to come. Bring your binoculars and see if you can spot birds that many people don't see!
La Trobe University - Eco Corridor Project
Come down, volunteer and help CVA and La Trobe University by getting your hands dirty through conservation and land management activities under several large red gums!! This project is part of a big drive by La Trobe Uni to reduce their environmental footprint
New South Wales/ACT
Endangered Red Crowned Toadlet Project
The endangered red-crowned toadlet is a species of frog that is only found within the Sydney region. It is threatened by activities such as habitat loss, pollution and the invasion of native habitat by exotic weeds – come and help us reverse this threat today!
Ploughman's Wetland Planting Day
This project provides locals and passers-by a great opportunity to get involved in conservation at a local level. As well as the benefits for wildlife this project plays an important part in protecting our valuable waterways. Your efforts will help to stabilise the banks, prevent erosion and provide important riparian habitat.
Ecotherapy -Breathing Green Health into Moore Park
This project name says it all – come and connect with nature and the significant therapeutic benefits of ‘ecotherapy’ and reap the rewards.
Marine Debris Survey - Fishermans Landing
The danger of rubbish and debris in our oceans to our marine wildlife is no secret – but did you know you can be part of the solution. Join the Gladstone Debris Warrior team today!
EEG 3 - Firtree Street Bushland Reserve
3rd – 5th November
The team won’t be scanning your brain, but the ‘EEG’ project will be improving the habitat for the Greater Gilder and koalas in the Capalaba area. The target is 1500 plants in the ground – come and help us reach the goal.
Ocean View Plant Place
Overlooking beautiful Rowes Bay and Magnetic Island the revegetation nursery concentrates on producing local provence species for planting in areas around Townsville. Come and learn how to process seed and raise seedlings for revegetation works preserving local gene pool and biodiversity.
Friends of Parks: Cape Pallarenda Quarantine Station
This collection of historic buildings in a beautiful natural setting is a great way to enjoy all that North Queensland has to offer. Visit the museum, assist with seed collecting, go bird watching, help maintain the grounds and enjoy the company of like-minded people.
City of Bayswater - Baigup Wetlands
Baigup Wetland is a significant remnant parcel of bushland, which forms part of the Swan River Flood Plain, come and be part of preserving this unique area with us.
Adopt A Spot - Lake Claremont
We have adopted a spot at Lake Claremont – come and make it yours too. This is an important area for the Carnabys Black Cockatoo who roost and forage in the area – one of our focus species. We’ve planted thousands of seedlings who need our monthly support to grow and flourish.
Coastal Conservation in Rockingham
The few remaining coastal reserves are under threat from weed invasion and vegetation degradation from erosion and uncontrolled access. Conservation volunteers will be working with the City of Rockingham to revegetate the local coastal dunes, create habitat and reduce erosion impacts. Come and be part of the success.
Sampson Flat Bushfire Recovery
Volunteers will be assisting community recovery, working directly with landholders that are trying to rebuild their lives. This will keep you fit and strong, and you will get a lovely drive through the Adelaide Hills to and from the site.
Waite Conservation Reserve JS
19th -20th November
Help in the Waite Conservation Reserve enhancing habitat by removing feral species including invasive olives. This minimises impacts of weeds in an endangered ecological community and improves long-term prospects of threatened and declining wildlife species including Southern Brown Bandicoot.
26th – 27th November
With more than 90 species of local native plants and rare bird and reptile species found on the property – come and be a biodiversity creator and ensure this vital link between the Waite Institute Woodlands and Brownhill Creek Reserve is a sustainable wildlife corridor for generation to come.
McMinns Lagoon Habitat Restoration
Offering nature enthusiasts and bird watchers alike a wide spectrum of bird life and butterfly activity all year round, come and be part of the management of this jewel and help protect the habitat of the largest variety of flora and fauna in the Northern Territory
Twilight Toadbusting Tuesdays
Be proud to be a ‘Toadie’ and join us on a Tuesday night experience unlike no other. The dreaded Cane Toad has infiltrated Darwin and is having a depressing impact on our urban and rural areas, killing our native fauna species. Join our Toadbusting Tuesday’s Team Today.
Volunteer Feedback Winners...
Many thanks to all the volunteers who forwarded feedback on their project experiences during the month of May and June. We are please to announce our winners who all receive a special Conservation Volunteers Polo Top and Supporters Wrist Band. Congratulations to:
Merrill from New South Wales
Philip from Victoria