25th March 2021 – Melissa Doherty

Join with us at Guest Speakers on 25th March on Zoom starting at 10.00am to meet Melissa Doherty talking about Gardening for Wildlife

Melissa Doherty has worked at Hume City Council for eight years as the Urban Biodiversity Officer. She adores (most of) her job engaging and educating people about nature. Mel organises the Greening community planting activities and the Seedlings for Schools initiative, with over 10,000 indigenous seedlings planted every year. She provides advice and information about Living with Wildlife issues, like swooping magpies, and encourages people to get involved with citizen science. The Gardens for Wildlife program is now Mel’s main game, sharing ideas about how we can deepen our connection with nature.

Hume City is starting a Gardens for Wildlife program in 2021, joining a network of other communities across Victoria who have popular programs. A celebratory launch event is being planned for World Environment Day, Saturday 5 June, at Sunbury Fields.

Come and hear how a wildlife gardener can support a variety of native animals by providing them with food, water, shelter, and nesting materials. Through the program, volunteer Garden Guides can visit with you in your garden to have a chat about the wildlife you’d like to attract. You’ll receive a report with some more information and resources to get involved.

If you have a passion for gardening and native wildlife join this Guest Speakers Program to  hear and share ideas. You will also hear about how you can support your local community by becoming a volunteer Garden Guide yourself.

If you need assistance registering your interest on UMAS please contact Marlene on 97444848

To demonstrate that programs like Gardens for Wildlife do help to conserve our precious biodiversity, Hume City is encouraging people to get involved with citizen science. The iNaturalist platform enables people with smart phones to easily take and upload photos of animals, plants and fungi. Then the iNaturalist community tries to help to identify these observations.

Get the iNaturalist app and join Hume City’s Wildlife project.

Hume City’s Wildlife · iNaturalist [1]

Come along to this citizen science information session and help monitor

Thursday 8 April, 2021, 7:30pm to 8:30pm


[1] https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/hume-city-s-wildlife
[2] http://www.hume.vic.gov.au/Waste_Environment/Environment
[3] http://www.hume.vic.gov.au/