ClimateWatch

An initiative of Earthwatch Institute

Rickett's Point

October 2018

 Black Swans at Rickett's Point

Our natural environment needs your eyes and ears!

Few studies tell us how Australia’s plants and animals are responding to climate change in our local parks. As part of a unique ClimateWatch in Parks citizen science initiative, Earthwatch Australia have worked together with Parks Victoria and Marine Care Rickett's Point to create this ClimateWatch trail, connecting the coastal community to a nation-wide scientific study that will take teaching outdoors and collect data that will build our understanding of climate change impacts.

The ClimateWatch app can be used to submit sightings of ClimateWatch species anywhere in Australia, however ClimateWatch trails help obtain repeated observations and encourage the community to enjoy nature while contributing to science. 

Ricketts Point is adjacent to the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary which is of regional environmental significance, containing environmental features including landforms, vegetation, fauna and cultural heritage that are highly valued. The environmental significance of the area makes it a haven for the community to enjoy and learn about the environment and conservation values of Ricketts Point.

Start your walk from Rickett's Point Surf Life Saving Club, keeping near the shore and nearby paths to spot plants and animals. Alternatively, start near the eastern side to explore Table Rock point. Be mindful of tide times, wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and have some water with you. These areas can be explored for short or long walks, it's up to you. Some ClimateWatch species may also be encountered while snorkelling. 

Contact education@parks.vic.gov.au if you have a group visiting the trail and would like to seek support from a local ranger.

School groups: As part of the Department of Education and Training's School Policy for Excursions and Activities, schools must notify the park prior to any visit. For information on how to plan for a field trip and notify the park, please visit the Parks Victoria Teacher Portal here

 

Why get involved?

Learn how climate change is affecting our wildlife.

Become an observer and help monitor local biodiversity.

Use the ClimateWatch app, field guide and recording sheet to observe species that are indicators of climate change and record your observations.

Make a real difference in your local community.

 

How to get involved?

Download the Rickett's Point ClimateWatch species field guide, trail map and recording sheet to mark your observations. If using recording sheets, remember to enter all your observations into the ClimateWatch website when you get back to a computer.

Alternatively, you can record your sightings immediately through the ClimateWatch smartphone app.

This is a public ClimateWatch trail that you can do whenever you like. If your school is interested in visiting the site through Parks Victoria, please notify the park prior to your visit through the Parks Victoria teacher portal here

 

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Parks Victoria and Earthwatch Australia are partnering to help gather important knowledge about the effects of climate change. The partnership will bring park visitors, nature enthusiasts, students, contractors, park staff and the general public together with climate change scientists through Earthwatch’s national phenology program ClimateWatch.

Our parks and reserves system protects many important environments but sit in a broader landscape that is changing. They play a crucial role in protecting biodiversity, providing clean air and water, regulating climate, maintaining healthy waterways, preventing soil erosion, maintaining genetic resources, providing habitat for native species and pollination.

Parks Victoria is responsible for managing an expanding and diverse estate covering more than 4 million hectares, or about 17 per cent, of Victoria. This area includes national parks, urban parks, large wilderness areas and 70 per cent of Victoria’s coastline. Parks Victoria also manages a representative system of marine national parks and marine sanctuaries. They are the local port manager for Port Phillip Bay, Western Port and Port Campbell and the waterway manager for the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers.