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    May Member Muster with speaker Dr Sarah Mika

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    Southern New England Landcare's Member Muster is just around the corner on 10th May in Uralla, and we are delighted to introduce our guest speaker, Dr Sarah Mika.

    Dr Mika’s topic for the Muster is The Importance of Protecting Aquatic Habitats in Agricultural & Urban Landscapes.

    “The New England Tablelands sit on the Great Dividing Range, forming the headwaters of the northern Murray Darling Basin and large coastal catchments such as the Clarence and Macleay," said Dr Mika.

    "So, our land management in the New England has a large footprint."

    "We affect water quality and aquatic ecosystem health over a much larger area than just the New England," she said.

    Sarah’s talk will discuss the various aquatic ecosystems we have on the New England Tablelands, their ecological importance, how we can look after them and what the benefits of doing so are for us, and our communities downstream.

    Dr Mika leads Aquatic Ecology at the University of New England, Armidale NSW.

    She has more than 10 years’ research experience in river and wetland ecosystems, ranging from semi-arid to coastal systems, including estuaries.

    Her research focuses on biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology, with an emphasis on catchment-scale water quality and basal resources for aquatic foodwebs, and their use in landscape restoration.

    More recently, Dr Mika has been playing an integral part as a stakeholder in the Armidale Urban Rivercare Group's (AURG) Weedy Wasteland to Wildlife Wetland project.

    She developed the Wetland Plan in consultation with AURG, which once constructed will be a beautiful natural feature in our urban landscape along the Dumaresq Creek in Armidale.

    The Muster offers the opportunity for Landcare group representatives to share their latest news in our traditional 'Around Our Groups' session, hear about current opportunities for members, and enjoy a light supper together.

    All representatives are encouraged to invite another member or two to join us on the night. 

    Remember, individual membership in Southern New England Landcare is free. Please check your membership details are current by clicking here. To join a friend as a new member, please click here.

    Date: Wednesday, 10th May 2023
    Time: 6.00PM - 9.00PM (doors open from 5.30pm). 
    Where: Uralla Community Centre, 9 Hill St, Uralla NSW.

    All attendees must register for this free event for catering purposes by 9AM, Monday 8th May please.

    More information at our events page and the flyer may be downloaded here.

    For enquiries, please contact the office on 02 6772 9123. 

    Flyer image: Photography by drone educator, Fiona Lake www.fionalake.com.au

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