Join this webinar to learn from John Gooderham (National Waterbug Blitz) about waterbugs, their ecology and what they can tell us about the rivers and wetlands they live in.
We’ll dwell upon waterbugs that live on the edge of the urban landscape and look at some of the more unpleasant things they have to contend with. We will also briefly look at their importance as a food source for platypus.
This event is free but registration is essential:
About the presenter
John is a freshwater ecologist who works with The National Waterbug Blitz. He co-authored The Waterbug Book with Edward Tsyrlin (CSIRO 2002), and The Waterbug App with Michael Sharman (a free identification app on iOS and Android).
He is currently making short waterbug documentaries and helping people set up citizen science projects to monitor rivers and wetlands around Australia – using waterbugs.
This webinar is part of Celebrating our Platypus in the Diamond Creek: a series of events across two weekends from 22 to 30 May, hosted by Nillumbik Shire Council and Melbourne Water.
Other events in this series include:
- Platypus in Diamond Creek (webinar) – Thursday 20 May
- Waterbug discovery workshop – Saturday 22 May
- Diamond Creek self-guided bike tour – Saturday 22 to Sunday 23 May
- Diamond Creek clean-up day – Sunday 23 May
Victorian native fish species (webinar) – Tuesday 25 May
Waterbugs: highly nutritious but interesting in their own right (webinar) – Wednesday 26 May
Celebrating the platypus in the Diamond Creek – Sunday 30 May