People looking at waterbugs

Mullum Mullum Creek - Waterbug Census

  • 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve Visitors Centre
    Ashburton Drive
    Mitcham VIC 3132

  • Free - registration essential
10/12/2019 10:00am 10/12/2019 2:00pm Australia/Melbourne Mullum Mullum Creek - Waterbug Census Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve Visitors Centre Ashburton Drive Mitcham 3132 VIC Melbourne Water [email protected]

Event Details

People looking at waterbugs

Join our Waterwatch team and freshwater ecologist, John Gooderham for a citizen science survey of the aquatic macroinvertebrate animals (or ‘waterbugs’) that live in Mullum Mullum Creek.

No previous experience required, the training day will cover:

  • Why we are interested in macroinvertebrates
  • Collecting and identifying live macroinvertebrates (using the Agreed Level Taxonomy process).

Lunch included, please specify any dietary requirements when booking. Please wear enclosed flat-soled shoes, long pants and clothing appropriate to the weather.

This event supports the National Waterbug Blitz, Australia’s first nationwide, citizen science, waterway monitoring event. Over spring, Australians are encouraged to discover how healthy their local waterways and wetlands are, simply by exploring and identifying what waterbugs live in them. Data collected will contribute to Melbourne Water's Waterbug Census biodiversity records and to the National Waterbug Blitz.

This event will be followed by a presentation from 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM on the Mullum Mullum Creek and the waterbugs we have found there. 

Please note, this training is best suited to young adult and adult participants - it does involve identifying waterbugs in some detail.