Category Archives: Gippsland Lakes

Dolphin calves

Citizen science

A little citizen science has helped identify rarely seen male dolphins in the Gippsland Lakes. Dr Kate Charlton-Robb and her team from the Marine Mammal Foundation (MMF) visit the area every season as part of ongoing research and monitoring of the dolphin population in the Lakes system. “The Gippsland Lakes support a resident population of

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Burrunan Dolphins

Dolphins on the move

An influx in dolphins to the Gippsland Lakes over winter might give the impression that ‘they’re everywhere’ but there is only a resident population of 63 Burrunan dolphins in the Gippsland Lakes. Dr Kate Charlton-Robb, and her team from the Marine Mammal Foundation (MMF), visit the Gippsland Lakes for a 10-day period once a season

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Pelican meet_Deb BirdLife

Discovering more about local pelicans

It wouldn’t be a visit to the Gippsland Lakes without sighting an iconic Australian pelican. These easily recognisable birds pop up at various locations around the Lakes and locals would be forgiven for taking them for granted. However, some of their habits and movements remain a mystery. Breeding season varies but can occur any time

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Members of the Heyfield wetlands committee on site

More community group funding for the Gippsland Lakes

Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing, last week announced the successful Gippsland Lakes community grant funding, including nine East Gippsland recipients. Community grants were awarded to projects that tackle some of the high priority areas and issues facing the Gippsland Lakes. This includes maintaining and restoring habitat for native species, reducing sediment and nutrient

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Australasian Bittern

Shy Bittern gets helping hand

The notoriously shy and fussy Australasian Bittern is at the centre of a new project aimed at better understanding this curious bird and the wetlands it chooses to call home. Deb Sullivan, Project Manager for BirdLife East Gippsland, said not much is known about the habits of Bittern. “We do know that the Bittern is

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