Nature discovery - with a focus on water bugs

Cosmopolitan Diving Beetle - credit: awmcutcheon

Cosmopolitan Diving Beetle. Photo credit: awmcutcheon

Mel Klamt, aquatic ecologist and local resident, will help you discover and learn about some of the waterbugs living in Maroondah.

This is one of several nature discovery activities being held in Maroondah designed to encourage participation in the 2023 Great Southern Bioblitz from Friday 24th November to Monday 27th November.

Discover some of the wild plants and animals that are found in and around Maroondah.

Come prepared with the iNaturalist app downloaded on your smartphone so your observations can be counted towards Maroondah’s statistics in the Bioblitz.  

Please note you may be walking on uneven ground and encounter stinging or biting insects or tripping hazards such as fallen branches and potholes. Please stick to the trails.  

This event is subject to weather forecast eg: heavy rain, strong winds or thunderstorms may result in the event being cancelled.

Event details

  • Date: Friday 24 November 2023
  • Time: 10am to 12noon
  • Venue: Mullum Mullum Creek, Ringwood. Meeting point information will be emailed to you prior to the event.
  • Activity guide: Mel Klamt - aquatic ecologist - focus on aquatic invertebrates (water bugs).
Please dress for the expected weather, and wear closed footwear that is safe for uneven ground.

Please bring:
  • smartphone (with iNaturalist app and The Waterbug app).
  • Magnifying glass
  • clip-on macro lens  

Book online

Please note there is a maximum of 20 participants. Please complete one booking form for each participant.  

Book online

Getting started with iNaturalist 

These short guides include information on:

  • how to set up your iNaturalist account 
  • the basics on how to use iNaturalist 
  • tips and hints on making observations.

Download the iNaturalist guide (android devices)(PDF, 1MB)

Download the iNaturalist guide (apple devices)(PDF, 1MB)

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  • Friday, 24 November 2023 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Meeting point information will be sent following registration.

Mullum Mullum Creek, Ringwood, View map

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