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The Yarrowee: Uncovering the secrets of the Ballarat River | Session 2

April 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

 The Yarrowee: Uncovering the secrets of the Ballarat River

BMI Twilight Talks are back! The series is hosted by Prue Bentley.

Prue Bentley

Session 2

What bird or beast is that? The special wildlife of the Yarrowee and surrounds

Gardens for Wildlife Ballarat 

Gardens for Wildlife Ballarat is a free, community-based gardening program that helps people provide more wildlife friendly spaces in urban gardens. Rob and Sam are volunteers who not only enjoy their own gardens, but get inspired when visiting other interested gardeners seeking advice about wildlife habitat at the garden scale. They’ll share insights about how creating a garden that is wildlife-friendly can help conserve local plants and animals and create stepping stones for them to move around our neighbourhoods, parklands and waterways. Wildlife gardening has become even more important, since many people have spent more time at home and been able to notice what lives around their home: Connecting to nature in our gardens is not only good for wildlife, but is also good for our health.

Dr Sam Strong | Batchelor of Applied Science (Landscape Architecture) | Volunteer with Gardens for Wildlife Ballarat

Ballarat’s bounteous birdlife

Ballarat and the surrounding region is inhabited by a remarkable diversity of birds. While bird communities have been impacted by historic disturbance and habitat loss what we see today among our birds is a wide variety of species that have proved resilient to change, others that have taken advantage of such change and some that are only just hanging on and continue to be challenged by change. This talk will explore Ballarat’s birds in all their glory and will provide some insight into what the future might be for our birds.

Dr Grant Palmer | Senior Lecturer Environmental & Conservations Science


The bar in the Humffray Room (level 4) will be open from 5pm.

Tickets | Session cost

The session cost is $8 per person BMI members | $12 per person general bookings.

Win a double pass to this Season’s Twilight Talks


What do you love about our Yarrowee River?

We’re collecting stories, pictures, and memories of life on and by the Yarrowee River for our latest series of Twilight Talks, focussing on this important local waterway.

Post your story or picture below, send a message to the BMI Facebook inbox, or complete the form below.

Each week from 10th April we’ll give away a double pass to that week’s talk.

So tell us your tales, and share your pictures!

Artwork Image: Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute | Max Harris Image Collection  | Albert Hall, 1953 | MH1615

Alfred Hall, 1953 | MH1615


April 20
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Ballarat Central, VIC 3350 Australia
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