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Would you like to volunteer for dolphins?

#didyouknow there are 20-25 dolphins living in the Swan and Canning rivers?

Dolphin Watch volunteers and scientists from Murdoch and Curtin Universities have been studying them for quite some time.

Come and join us for an informative morning and learn all about the dolphins.
There are short videos, prizes to be won and you'll get to hear from the dolphin experts and, we will show you how you can help keep the rivers healthy for them.

This event is also an opportunity for anyone (16yrs and over) to become a Dolphin Watch volunteer.

Date: Wednesday 24 October, 2018

Time: 6 -8.30pm (refreshements will be served 6-6.30pm, the presentations begin at 6.30pm)

Location: Scitech, City West Centre, Sutherland Street and Railway Street, Perth, WA

RSVP: Please use this link to RSVP. You will need to complete a form for each person.

Please note, this event is for ages 16yrs old and over.

World's Biggest Raft Up!

Have you got a canoe, ski or kayak?

Join in for the world's biggest raft up attempt and break the world record held by New York. 

Perth has achieved the Australian record for the largest raft-up (335) but we know we can do better. 

Take a Sunday morning paddle followed by a paddlers after party, with live music, food, coffee and prizes and a special photoshoot from above by Skyworks WA.

For more information visit Unite on the Swan.

 

Dolphin Watch is headed to Mandurah!

If you have always loved the dolphins of Mandurah, now you can monitor the dolphins of Mandurah!

Dolphin Watch will launch in Mandurah with a free training session to teach volunteers how to identify and monitor the dolphins.

Just like in the Swan Canning Riverpark, volunteers will be able to use the Dolphin Watch app to record numbers of dolphins present, mother-calf pairs, behaviours, tidal movement and much more.  The app also has an image and video recoording function.

The data collected via the app will contribute to scientific research. 

If you would like to become part of Dolphin Watch Mandurah, please join us for the first training session.

Date: Wednesday 21 March

Time: 6 - 8.30pm

Venue: Mandurah Seniors and Community Centre, Main Hall. 

RSVP NOW

Missing: Acoustic receivers in the Swan River

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Rivers and Estuaries Division have had some acoustic receivers go missing at Blackwall Reach and Point Walter.
They are essential in our long-term monitoring program of fish movement in the Swan Canning Estuary.

If you are diving in the area please keep an eye out for the receivers.
If you see one, take the best location you can and let the Department know so it can be retrieved.

Please forward any information to rivers.info@dbca.wa.gov.au

        

Amazon frogbit - confirmed sighting in Bayswater Brook

A highly invasive species, Amazon frogbit (Limnobiumin laevigatum) has been found in Bayswater Brook.

Amazon frogbit is a floating aquatic plant that is sold for use in aquariums but is a highly invasive species when allowed to populate waterways.

Prevention and early detection are the key to managing the species.
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is working closely with officers in local government and at the Water Corporation to search for the initial source point along the Bayswater Brook. There is a risk that rainfall may have spread the weed into the Swan River.

How can you assist?

Members of the public can play a helpful role in early identification and even prevention of the spread of Amazon frogbit.
If you see a new plant you do not recognise, getting it properly identified before controlling it is important, as it is easy to mis-identify plants.

For more information, or if you have seen Amazon frogbit in your local waterway, please contact river.info@dbca.wa.gov.au.

Download the Amazon frogbit information flyer here.