PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP – Visualising the Environment

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Visualising the Environment

Photographic images shape perceptions and the ways in which we understand the environment.

This highly interactive workshop explores a wide range of environmental themes through an illustrated seminar, active discussion, image critique, demonstration of techniques and a practical field trip. It goes beyond the literal representations of ‘nature photography’ to address the thought processes behind creating compelling and meaningful images and visual stories.

The role of images is rapidly changing in the age of digitization, social media and mass dissemination. What makes some images convincing and others banal? How can we visualise environmental issues such as climate change that are often abstract and insidious? And how can images convey not just scientific concepts and improve environmental literacy, but also evoke an environmental ethic?

These questions and more will be actively explored in the con-text of participants own interests in environmental photography and the environment more generally.

DATE: Saturday 9 March 2024

PLACE: Bonnie Doon Community Centre, 75 Arnot St, Bonnie Doon Vic 3720

TIME: 10:00am – 4pm

PRICE: $80 per person, including lunch

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PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP – Focus on Trees

Focus on Trees – Tree Photography Workshop

Large old trees are vital keystone structures in rural and urban landscapes. However, the value of these trees is often overlooked in planning such as road and fire management. Documenting these trees visually is important both as a scientific record and in drawing attention to their significance and conservation.

This workshop specifically focuses on assisting participants to improve both their technical and creative skills in photographing trees. Tree photography provides many challenges and each of these will be discussed and techniques for overcoming them demonstrated throughout the workshop.

This is a very hands-on, interactive workshop combining theoretical, critique and practical sessions. It begins with a discussion of participants’ interest in photographing trees as well as any challenges or issues they may have experienced. This is followed by a session where participants’ pre-submitted images will be constructively critiqued by the group (during which participants are free to remain anonymous), followed by a field trip to put techniques into practice.

 

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FULL BOOKED

DATE: Friday 15 March 2024

PLACE: Heathcote

TIME: 10:00am – 4pm

PRICE: Free to attend but bookings essential

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SEMINAR – Russula Roulette

SEMINAR – Russula Roulette 

Every mushroomer knows the danger of not being able to differentiate edible mushrooms from toxic lookalike species. In Switzerland, the Pilzkontrolleure, or mushroom inspectors have been saving lives for over a century by plucking poisonous mushrooms from people’s baskets and sending them home with the edible fare. Despite being tinier than Tassie, Switzerland has 409 mushroom inspection offices staffed by 1500 inspectors.

Furthermore, a publicly accessible online atlas of fungus distribution (including 937 endangered species) helps foragers find their target mushrooms. The Swiss are well versed in fungi and foraging and this has also stimulated mycological research and resources.

Yet in Australia, all biodiversity – including fungi – is protected at all three levels of government and hence foraging is illegal on public land.

Over the last couple of decades Alison has divided her time between hemispheres working both with fungi and their followers. In this talk Alison will explore the tensions between foraging and conservation and the different approaches of various nations to both protect species and keep hunters happy.

This talk is part of the Moorabool Mushroom Festival 2024.

Further workshops can be viewed at this link.

DATE: SATURDAY 23 MARCH 2024

TIME: 1pm

VENUE: BACCHUS MARSH TOWN HALL 207 Main St, Bacchus Marsh VIC 3340

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WORKSHOP – Slow Mushrooming

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SLOW MUSHROOMING

Fungi are diverse, delicious and sometimes deadly. With interest in foraging for wild food on the rise, learning to accurately identify fungi reduces both poisoning risk to humans and harm to the environment.

Developing the skills to find fungi requires slowness, not speed. The workshop will focus on assisting participants to identify a few edible species thoroughly, rather than many superficially. We will engage multiple senses to examine the major diagnostic features of edible fungi alongside their toxic lookalikes.

We will also follow the principles of ‘ecological foraging’ – an approach based on care, conservation and an understanding of ecosystem dynamics.

Following an interactive indoor identification session around a specimen table we will then head to a private property to search for edible fungi.

Further workshops can be viewed at this link.

FULLY BOOKED

DATE: THURSDAY 28 MARCH 2024

LOCATION: ANGLESEA

COST: $145

TIME: 10:00am – 4pm Includes lunch and field guide

WORKSHOP – Otways Fungus Survey

Southern Otways Fungus Survey – Fungus Survey Training Day

The fungi of the Otways forests are little known. Only very scant and mostly anecdotal records exist. Fungi are an important part of these forests in creating and stabilising soils, nourishing and interconnecting plants, as a food supply for animals, recycling nutrients and essentially underpinning their health and resilience. Effective forest ‘management’ should ideally include fungi.

This aim of the training day is to equip participants with the basic principles and protocols for surveying fungi in the field. These participants could then further develop their skills to become leaders in engaging the wider community to partake in fungus surveying. Data collected from the surveys will provide a baseline for ongoing monitoring in the Southern Otways and a more comprehensive picture of the biodiversity of the region.

Please note this survey is run entirely outside so be sure to be dressed for all kinds of weather!

This workshop is sponsored by Southern Otways Landcare.

Further workshops can be viewed at this link.

DATE: TUESDAY 9 APRIL 2024

TIME: 10:00 – 12.15

COST: $60

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WORKSHOP – Otways Fungus Survey

Southern Otways Fungus Survey – Fungus Survey Training Day

The fungi of the Otways forests are little known. Only very scant and mostly anecdotal records exist. Fungi are an important part of these forests in creating and stabilising soils, nourishing and interconnecting plants, as a food supply for animals, recycling nutrients and essentially underpinning their health and resilience. Effective forest ‘management’ should ideally include fungi.

This aim of the training day is to equip participants with the basic principles and protocols for surveying fungi in the field. These participants could then further develop their skills to become leaders in engaging the wider community to partake in fungus surveying. Data collected from the surveys will provide a baseline for ongoing monitoring in the Southern Otways and a more comprehensive picture of the biodiversity of the region.

Please note this survey is run entirely outside so be sure to be dressed for all kinds of weather!

This workshop is sponsored by Southern Otways Landcare.

Further workshops can be viewed at this link.

DATE: TUESDAY 9 APRIL 2024

TIME: 13:00 – 15.15

COST: $60

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WORKSHOP – Otways Fungus Survey

Southern Otways Fungus Survey – Fungus Survey Training Workshop

The fungi of the Otways forests are little known. Only very scant and mostly anecdotal records exist. Fungi are an important part of these forests in creating and stabilising soils, nourishing and interconnecting plants, as a food supply for animals, recycling nutrients and essentially underpinning their health and resilience. Effective forest ‘management’ should ideally include fungi.

This aim of the training day is to equip participants with the basic principles and protocols for surveying fungi in the field. These participants could then further develop their skills to become leaders in engaging the wider community to partake in fungus surveying. Data collected from the surveys will provide a baseline for ongoing monitoring in the Southern Otways and a more comprehensive picture of the biodiversity of the region.

Please note this survey is run entirely outside so be sure to be dressed for all kinds of weather!

This workshop is sponsored by Southern Otways Landcare.

Further workshops can be viewed at this link.

DATE: WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL 2024

TIME: 13:00 – 15.15

COST: $60

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WORKSHOP – Otways Fungus Survey

Southern Otways Fungus Survey – Fungus Survey Training Workshop

The fungi of the Otways forests are little known. Only very scant and mostly anecdotal records exist. Fungi are an important part of these forests in creating and stabilising soils, nourishing and interconnecting plants, as a food supply for animals, recycling nutrients and essentially underpinning their health and resilience. Effective forest ‘management’ should ideally include fungi.

This aim of the training day is to equip participants with the basic principles and protocols for surveying fungi in the field. These participants could then further develop their skills to become leaders in engaging the wider community to partake in fungus surveying. Data collected from the surveys will provide a baseline for ongoing monitoring in the Southern Otways and a more comprehensive picture of the biodiversity of the region.

Please note this survey is run entirely outside so be sure to be dressed for all kinds of weather!

This workshop is sponsored by Southern Otways Landcare.

Further workshops can be viewed at this link.

DATE: WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL 2024

TIME: 10:00 – 12.15

COST: $60

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SEMINAR – Unruly Renegades of the Subterrain

Seminar – Unruly renegades – Exploring the Fungi of Southern Otways 

Although little known, the roots of almost every plant in the Australian landscape are intimately entwined with fungi. These clandestine relationships extend beyond trees to include every orchid and most shrubs and grasses. Symbioses are the secret to success in our highly variable climate and nutrient-deficient soils.

Fungi not only help plants access water and nutrients, but also increase their resistance to drought and disease. They build architecture in soils, aerate them, and allow water to gently percolate to deeper horizons. Despite this, ‘the third F’ slips through ideas about nature and conservation that focus on flora and fauna.

Unruly fungal renegades contravene the frameworks we use to understand life. However, they might also inspire the innovative thinking needed to navigate an uncertain future.

In this illustrated and interactive seminar Alison will share insights from two decades spent in the field with fungi, both locally and across hemispheres, with a focus on local fungi from the Southern Otways.

Join us at 6:30pm for a light supper and to peruse the fungus display, with the interactive seminar beginning at 7pm. There will be time for questions and conversations as well.

This workshop is sponsored by Southern Otways Landcare.

Further workshops can be viewed at this link.

DATE: FRIDAY 12 APRIL 2024

TIME: 6:30pm – 9pm

VENUE: Apollo Bay Senior Citizens Centre, 4 Whelan Street, Apollo Bay

COST: $40

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WORKSHOP – Discovering & Fostering Fungi

WORKSHOP – Discovering & Fostering Fungi

This 3.5 hour workshop with both theoretical and practical components introduces participants to the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in region but also within a wider Australian and international context.

It includes a 90 minute session around a specimen display table where participants will learn the basics of fungus identification, fungal ecology, and the natural and cultural history of fungi. Fungus specimens from the local area will be displayed and examined. We will also explore the role of fungi in restoration and revegetation, in particular, how we can encourage fungi to flourish in our gardens and on our farms, and how the community can contribute to scientific understanding and recording of fungus distribution.

Following the indoor session will be an exciting foray through various local habitat types to search for species of interest. Participants will learn to recognise the various diagnostic characteristics used to identify fungi in the field and understand their ecological significance in local ecosystems.

Participants are encouraged to bring along specimens for identification.

This workshop is sponsored by Southern Otways Landcare.

Further workshops can be viewed at this link.

DATE: SATURDAY 13 APRIL 2024

TIME: 11:00 – 2:30pm

VENUE: Apollo Bay Senior Citizens Centre, 4 Whelan Street, Apollo Bay

COST: $60

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