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Aug 4, 2016 7:10 EST

Help the Blue Banded Bee, which plays an important role in the long-term survival of many wildflowers in Merri Creek’s grasslands, a living natural history museum just north of Melbourne’s coolest music venues

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 4, 2016

Help the Blue Banded Bee

There’s a living natural history museum just north of Melbourne’s coolest music venues. Merri Creek’s grasslands are rare and wonderful places connecting to the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne.

 

 

 

 

These grasslands host an impressive 121 species of native plants. They are both environmentally significant and a testament to intensive land management by Wurundjeri people over tens of thousands of years. 

 

 

Photo: Uncle Frank (Apples) Wandin burning grasslands in Fawkner with Merri Creek Management Committee.

 

Our community’s efforts continue to protect them from development.  Only one percent of Victoria’s natural grasslands remain – so this place is truly special.  

 

The Blue Banded Bee plays an important role in the long-term survival of many wildflowers in these grasslands. However this magnificent little creature can only travel short distances. Maybe it’s exhausted from buzz pollinating: by banging its head in the flower a staggering 350 times per second!

 

That’s easily faster than any punter at an Iron Maiden gig.

 

Humans have destroyed so much grassland habitat that the Blue Banded Bee is struggling to take pollen between surviving patches of endangered wildflowers. Lonely lilies can’t produce healthy seeds without the pollen the bees carry.  

 

 

To save the grasslands – the Blue Banded Bee needs you!

 

Friends of Merri Creek need to connect the wildflower patches by planting more. Doing this means the head banging Bee can continue to rock out, and easily get from plant to plant – so we don’t lose the diversity of the culturally significant grasslands.

 

The Friends of Merri Creek need ace heroes just like you to help the Blue Banded Bee save the day and ensure the vitality of the Merri Creek.

 

 

What’s more, if you choose to come to the party you won’t be alone supporting these little bees to do their job.

 

Given the Blue Banded Bees love ROCKIN’ OUT, some of Melbourne’s favourite musicians offered to be the Bee’s own backing band! They are throwing their weight behind a Pozible campaign to fund the Friends of Merri Creek to plant new habitat patches. This will mean the bees can travel the distance needed to pollinate these little beauties.

 

                                                                                                       Photo by Tajette O’Halloran.

 

So if you love the Merri Creek and reckon saving the precious green spaces near our city is important then please contribute to this campaign to Help the Rockin’ Bee, Rock the Grasslands!

 

How The Funds Will Be Used

Every $1 pledged will contribute $4 to helping the Blue Banded Bee save the Merri Creek Grasslands. Here’s how:

The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will match every donated dollar up to the $15,000 target. Community volunteers- maybe even you- will be supported to help plant and monitor to the value of $30,000. 

So that’s $2 worth of volunteer labour, PLUS $1 Government funding for every $1 you give.

 

This shows how the donated $15,000 + DELWP $15,000 = $30,000 will help save the Merri Creek Grasslands:

More project details can be found here .

This project will be completed, and all funds expended by December 2017.

 

Monitoring
and research
 Citizen scientist activities to
measure local lily populations,
bee activity, and results of the
project’s activities

14%
Site preparation and nurturing new patches

 Weed control to establish
linking habitat patches
18%
Purchase and planting of wildflower seedlings

 Purchase and planting 200
specially grown Dianella together
with 2000 associated habitat plants
              39%
Supporting
and engaging volunteers

 Community activities with local
schools and community groups
9%
Presentations and
newsletters
 Presentations, posts and articles
to describe and share the delivery
and outcomes of our project

7%
Rewards   13%

 

The Challenges

Two key challenges: crazy Melbourne weather, and not hitting our target.

 

Planted wildflowers could struggle to establish if Melbourne’s 2017 spring and summer is really dry.  We’ll call on our volunteers to help water the new patches of wildflowers if necessary.

 

If the target’s not reached, there’s no project and your money will remain in your own bank account. The Bees and the Merri Creek Grasslands will miss out on this ace project, and we all miss out on our rewards.

 

Pledges are only processed if the targetAU$15000 is reached before 15:30 28th Aug 2016.

AU$2 +
Tax Deductible Receipt
You will be issued with a tax deductible receipt from Friends of Merri Creek
1 Chosen
Est Delivery August 2016
AU$20 +
Plant a Wildflower
Wildflower planted and established. Plus a 2016 membership to Friends of Merri Creek.
 
 
18 Chosen | 82 Available
Est Delivery November 2016
AU$30 +
Blue Banded Tee
A Blue Banded Bee Tee Shirt designed by Lady Scout Studio. Sustainable and ethical cotton design. Plus a 2016 membership to Friends of Merri Creek.
 
 
25 Chosen | 25 Available
Est Delivery November 2016
AU$35 +
Blue Banded Bee Band
MELBOURNE ONLY matinee performance on Saturday the 3rd of December by Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher, Fraser A. Gorman, The Orbweavers and Steph Hughes (Dick Diver). Northcote Social Club. Plus a 2016 membership to Friends of Merri Creek.
 
 
97 Chosen | 203 Available
Est Delivery December 2016
AU$40 +
Passionate Membership
Become a passionate member of the Friends of Merri Creek and get your very own screen printed FOMC Tee. Sustainable and ethical cotton. Plus a 2016 membership to Friends of Merri Creek.
 
 
10 Chosen | 30 Available
Est Delivery November 2016
AU$100 +
Plant a Bunch
Five wildflowers planted and established plus a Blue Banded Tee Shirt. Sustainable and ethical cotton design. Plus a 2016 membership to Friends of Merri Creek.
 
 
7 Chosen | 13 Available
Est Delivery November 2016
AU$200 +
Your Patch
Wildflower patch named after YOU. Plus a 2016 membership to Friends of Merri Creek.
 
 
3 Chosen | 4 Available
Est Delivery November 2016
AU$900 +
Searching for Bird River
Etching and chine colle by Martin King. Martin King is a Melbourne artist known primarily for his evocative prints represented in numerous collections including the British Museum National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of NSW and Art Gallery of S.A. Size: 30 x 39 cm Plus a 2016 membership to Friends of Merri Creek.
 
 
0 Chosen | 1 Available
Est Delivery November 2016
AU$1200 +
Snowdrift
All Gone
Painting by local artist Sarah Tomasetti. Oil on fresco plaster on five hydrostone tablets. Dimensions variable. Each tablet 20.5x9cm Plus a 2016 membership to Friends of Merri Creek.
 
 
1 Chosen | 0 Available
Est Delivery November
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