Join the EcoCentre’s Matt McArthur on a dive into the Port Phillip Bay to discover the biology, migration and distribution of native Giant Spider Crabs (Leptomithrax gaimardii). You may have heard of the Giant Spider Crab aggregation events in the shallow waters of our Bay during winter. In the seminar recording below, Matt shares his stories and explains why marine biologists and scientists believe these fascinating creatures gather in shallow waters for such events every year.
It's amazing how rich a local neighbourhood with urban ecology. This was filmed around Elster Creek aka Elwood Canal, a built up inner city area.
Narrated and filmed by Gio Fitzpatrick, Youth Wildlife Ambassador.
Produced by Sharron Hunter. Port Phillip EcoCentre.
Free professional learning events each term for school and ELC educators, support staff and parents to network, share resources and connect to the local environment. A wide range of topics are covered with a focus on embedding sustainability and environment education in classroom teaching.
Our free 'Alive Outside' program is tailored for 12 to 25 year olds who would love to explore and help nature in Port Phillip Bay, local parks and the St Kilda Foreshore.
Map of recorded Tawny Frogmouth sightings in SE Melbourne, reported since December 2010: Please note that this map is only updated with reported sightings monthly.
St Kilda’s Beach Life at Night
The Port Phillip Baykeeper, Neil Blake, will take your group on a tour to enjoy and learn about the delights of St Kilda’s coastal environment at night. Enjoy some great games and activities while learning all about:
• Local wildlife (e.g. penguins, rakali, eels, fish) and indigenous plants
• Conservation and management issues
• What you can do to care for the coast
Wildlife and Nest Boxes
Melbourne has an incredible variety of native plants and animals living within our suburbs and Bay. The EcoCentre is passionate about sharing the wonders of this urban wildlife with everyone through:
- School and ELC incursions and excursions
- Community Walks
- Community festivals and events
- Presentations and workshops
- Keynote speaking
Wildlife within Melbourne (and other urban ares) especially arboreal (tree-dependant) and noctural (active during the night) species face numerous pressures from urbanisation.
The EcoCentre has a long running urban habitat and nest box program that provide much needed homes (habitat) for the following species:
- Eastern Rosella
- Microbats (especially Gould's Wattled Bat)
- Wood Duck
The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.