La Trobe’s Hidden Gems: Wildlife Sanctuary

The La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary has a lot to offer both the public and members of the La Trobe community. 

Open between 10am and 3pm everyday except Saturdays, the sanctuary provides the perfect escape.

With a variety of walking tracks to follow, you’re bound to see a variety of native flora and fauna.

With opportunities for students of all disciplines, plus day and night guided tours, the sanctuary has a lot to offer.

Along with these are a variety of different Citizen Science events to get involved in. These revolve around a range of different areas that you can get involved in.  

Held at varying times throughout the year, these require only one evening’s commitment. There are also projects that can be done when ever you have a chance to pop into the sanctuary.

I was lucky enough to attend the latest Frog Census, and I have to say, it was one of the best experiences I’ve had at La Trobe.

Our guides gave our group apresentation detailing what species of frogs we might find. This included audio recordings of what various frog calls sound like. This was incredibly interesting, and we were able to identify the frogs we were hearing throughout the night.

My friends and I were allocated a wetland to go to and record for 5 minutes. We were stationed at one of the billabongs and we managed to record the calling sounds of two frogs.

As we were there after dark, our guide dropped off and picked up each group on his way back from the furthest wetland. This meant that we got the chance to look through the surrounding bush and canopies for other wildlife. During our recording we had heard the rustling of trees from above us, we later saw that it was a juvenile possum moving from tree to tree.

Events to look out for:

Stagwatch 

Frog Census 

Water Bird Survey  

Feather Map Project

and

Fungi Foray 

Projects like the Waterbird Survey, Feather Map Project and Fungi Foray are run throughout the year and volunteers are encouraged to collect data in their own time at the sanctuary.

I highly recommend taking a look into the tours or the citizen science events. It’s a great way to learn about and see Australian fauna and flora from industry experts and have loads of fun!

If you know any gems you think people should know about on your campus, let us know by emailing wiseassc@gmail.com!

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