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Atlas
Naturalists

Are you interested in investigating nature in our region?
Would you like to share ideas with fellow naturalists?

Atlas Naturalists is for everyone - any age, every level of experience, all backgrounds. This truly is citizen science. Every one of us has something valuable to contribute when it comes to studying the natural world.

Join us as we develop this new club. It is informal … no agenda or meeting documents. It is flexible … you can help us choose sites to visit and places to meet. It is collaborative … everyone sharing their knowledge, observations and insights. We just need you to help make it a success.


Field Days

  • First weekend of each month (Sat or Sun)

  • A wide range of locations, ecosystems and environments across the Atlas of Life (ALCW) region

  • We’ll meet around 10am - stay on as long as you wish

Field Days are discovery-based explorations of nature, led entirely by the interests of the people present on the day. You might be interested in photographing orchids, or searching for insects. There might be fungi to find, or spiders to spot. Bring a camera, your lunch, and your curiosity.


Workshops

  • Friday afternoons, every 2nd month

  • Held at Tura Murrang Library

  • 4-7pm

  • Access to resources such as Microeye (the Atlas of Life microscope) and a range of field guides.

Workshops are research and recording events, informal and relaxed. They provide a chance to: identify your sightings; upload your images; develop a research project; and - importantly - share ideas with other naturalists. Bring along any resources or collections of your own to share or discuss.


meet-ups

  • Friday afternoons, every 2nd month

  • A range of locations and venues across the region, all with access to food and drinks

  • 4-7pm

Simply a chance to meet up with other interested naturalists in a relaxed environment … and perhaps help plan the next field day!


Photo taken Nov 2018, during a Wings of Spring event

Photo taken Nov 2018, during a Wings of Spring event

We welcome people of all ages. However, anyone under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Young people between 15 and 17 years of age may come along unaccompanied, but they need to provide written permission to attend from a parent or guardian.

Who we are

Atlas Naturalists is an initiative of the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness, commencing in 2019.

All events are community-based, non-commercial and non-political. In establishing Atlas Naturalists, our aims reflect the stated objectives of the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness.

In particular, these events provide opportunities for people to meet in person as they explore, discover and record the biodiversity of our region.

Atlas Naturalists coordinator: Paul Whitington (ALCW committee member)

download poster to print and share (420kb PDF)

download poster to print and share (420kb PDF)