Program Outline

Wetlands Trees 2016

Managing mangrove, saltmarsh, mosquitoes and migratory shorebird habitats in complex wetlands 

Tuesday 1 November 2016

TimeDetails

8.45am

Registration – Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre at Bicentennial Park

9am

Welcome and introduction

9.10am

Brief consideration of mangrove degradation and the challenge of rehabilitation; introduction to mangrove eco-hydrology and threats of sea level rise

9.25am

Brief introduction to saltmarsh reconstruction, rehabilitation and reassessment

10.40am

Brief consideration of the control of mosquitoes and midges

10.55am

Brief outline of migratory shorebird habit requirements

11.10am

Morning tea

11.30am

Field examinations of degraded and marginal mangrove areas, including examples of rehabilitation. 

Visit areas of mangrove dieback and poor growth; note waterlogging and sedimentation; discuss rehabilitation; demonstrate tools and techniques of monitoring mangrove health.
 
Visit an automated water level gauge and share the trends in mean sea level in the locality; highlight the importance of micro-topography as a determinant of mangrove health; discuss likely scenarios of sea level rise responses.
 
Visit several reconstruction and regeneration sites highlighting suitability of saltmarsh regeneration; discuss practical weed control; demonstrate tools and techniques of monitoring saltmarsh health.

1.30pm

Lunch

2pm

Field examinations of estuarine mosquito management and migratory shorebird habitats.
 
Visit several areas of mosquito hotspots in saltmarsh and mangrove habitats; highlight successful ecological solutions to mosquito problems; discuss current measures of mosquito control.
 
Visit areas of habitat restoration for migratory shorebirds; demonstrate tidal manipulations and resultant changes in inundation and habitat response; discuss short- and long-term management strategies.

4pm

Afternoon tea (working tea)
 
Take further questions from participants and cultivate discussions in the key issues

5pm

Close/Certificates

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Cost: Registration for one day special rate –$330 (incl. GST). Prices include course contents, meals and site tours.

Bookings close: Friday 21st October, 2016. Limited number of places are available.

For more information email education@sopa.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9714 7888