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Ninety Days of Nature - Biodiversity Month just got bigger

Thursday 6 September, 2012
The annual Biodiversity Month celebration, across the northern Victoria, just got even bigger.

The annual Biodiversity Month celebration, across the northern Victoria, just got even bigger.

This year, for the first time, more than 65 events will be staged from September to November to highlight the region's rich biodiversity as part of Spring into Biodiversity – Ninety Days of Nature.  "Spring is the perfect time to see our region at its best. It's when Mother Nature takes centre stage in the landscape and shows off all her glitz and glamour," DSE Spring into Biodiversity Coordinator, Gemma Pech, said.

"From wildflowers, birds, lizards and frogs, there will be plenty to see over the next few months.

"For those who don't mind getting their hands dirty you can also contribute to some of the conservation works currently being undertaken on the ground."

Biodiversity Month has been held annually in the north east for the past 12 years and aims to raise awareness of local biodiversity values.

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), together with the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and North East Catchment Management Authority, have joined together to present the program.

Events will be hosted by DSE, catchment management authorities, Parks Victoria, Local Government, Landcare and conservation management networks, and local environmental and community groups.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority Chief Executive Officer, Chris Norman, said with thousands of people across the region expected to join the celebration, Spring into Biodiversity is an effective way to promote and experience the region's environmental assets.

"It's a great way to get involved in some of the wonderful events and projects where the community and government are working together to protect and enhance our environment.

"The events are offered to all age groups and include a variety of fun, interactive and educational activities such as wildflower and wetland walks, bird watching, field days, bush walks and habitat restoration."

Among the highlights of this year's program is a walk and talk around the Kinnairds Wetland at Numurkah, official launch of a new North East Fish, Crayfish and Turtles guide, Striped Legless Lizard hunt at Mount Battery, near Mansfield, and a reptiles and frog discovery day at Baranduda.

Events are being held at locations including Benalla, Mansfield, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Broadford, Barmah Forest, Yea, Wodonga, Heathcote, Alexandra, Nathalia and Nagambie.

For a full list of activities or more information, please go to click here  for more information and to download the program of events.

The Alpine Tree Frog by Rowhan Marshall (DSE)