Webinar series: Expert Connections

We’ve partnered with industry professionals to produce a live webinar series on ecological and waterway themes, designed to inform and inspire you.

Whether you’re currently a Waterwatch volunteer or part of a environmental interest group – or just interested in Melbourne’s waterways – we hope you’ll learn something new. 

Topics include:

  • knowledge sharing
  • training tools for community groups and land managers
  • the latest findings from research and other projects.

It’s free to register, and video recordings will be added to the page after the event to form an online library that we’ll continue to grow.

For a list of upcoming webinars, view our events page.

Past webinar recordings

Recordings will be uploaded after the event. Browse the list below, or for the full collection check out our YouTube playlist.

Want to take action for the environment

Citizen scientist panel discussion

A panel discussion with 4 passionate citizen scientists who share their insights into some of the rewards that come from participating in meaningful action for the environment.

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Protecting freshwater turtles

Woman examining freshwater turtle

Join Arthur Rylah Institute Scientist Katie Howard to learn about her work with freshwater turtles and the role they play in freshwater ecosystems, and ways that people can contribute to turtle conservation.

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Carp: a 50-year history of environmental impact

Pond of water

Since their escape in the 1960s, carp have invaded much of the Australian continent – resulting in catastrophic ecosystem impacts. Hear from Arthur Rylah Institute scientist Ivor Stuart on how an integrated approach to reducing this invasive species can enable ecosystem recovery.

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Strategic pest animal management

Red fox in long grass

Agriculture Victoria’s Biosecurity Manager, Jason Wishart, discusses Victoria’s invasive species, what makes them so successful, their impacts and the evolving strategies to manage them.

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Investing in western waterways

View of Werribee River

Hear from Werribee Riverkeeper, John Forrester, about how the Werribee River Keeper Association works with local groups, businesses, municipalities and government to benefit to our waterways, wildlife and public health.

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Victoria’s diadromous fish and the effects of river flow on migration

Grayling fish

Hear from ecologist Frank Amtstaetter on the life-history of several native Victorian fish species that have a diadromous lifecycle, meaning they move between fresh and saltwater to complete their lifecycle, and the effects of river flow on migration.

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Urban platypuses – threats and challenges


Get a snapshot of 13 years of platypus monitoring data, presented by wildlife ecologist Josh Griffiths. Josh will discuss his work on platypuses with research groups cesar/EnviroDNA, including their conservation status and threats and running the Melbourne Water Urban Platypus Program.

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Urban ecology of Sugar Gliders and nest box monitoring in Greater Melbourne

Sugar Glider in nest box

Why are Sugar Gliders an important urban species and how can we monitor them? Learn from zoologist Richard Francis about the urban ecology of Sugar Gliders, including nest box biodiversity monitoring projects in Melbourne. Richard has facilitated the installation of over 400 sugar glider boxes through suburban Melbourne in the last three years and the monitoring results are astounding.

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Bridging troubled waters – sources, impacts and solutions to stormwater


Learn the latest project findings on the impacts of stormwater pollution on the health of urban waterways. Bio2Lab environmental scientist Dr David Sharley will cover a number of topics using research and data from his project mapping pollution in the Werribee River catchment.

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Waterbug monitoring design and data analysis

Stone fly

Want to learn how to design a waterbug monitoring plan? Join freshwater ecologist John Gooderham to talk project design and data. This session briefly outlines how best to use waterbugs if you are thinking of incorporating them into a monitoring project.

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Waterbugs – an introduction to identification

Amphipod and mite

Can you tell a stonefly from an amphipod? Join freshwater ecologist John Gooderham for an introduction to the waterbug identification process, featuring live specimens.

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