Monash University Biological Society


Newsletter 5.0


1.0 Maldon Cactus Injecting Trip

Here is your chance to personally get even with one of Australias invasive species by stabbing it with poison. Our annual cactus kill fest is happening from the 22nd Juli till the 25. Juli near Maldon Victoria. Costs only include food ($20-30) and drivers will be reimbursed for their petrol costs.  

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2.0 Mornington Peninsula Camp

As well as the Cactus Injecting Trip it’s been a long tradition of ours to run a Camp helping the Mornington Peninsula Rangers. Regretfully this year the camp will not proceed as the rangers there have had their funding cut to such an extent that they no longer have the resources to host us. Hopefully next year perhaps with a change of government after this year’s state election we will once again be able to continue our tradition.

In the meantime do your bit and spear tackle any pittosporums you can see when you are next down on the Peninsula.

3.0 Community Bat Projects

The Organ Pipes NP and Wilson Reserve (Ivanhoe) bat box projects are two great community science projects on microbats. Once a month on Saturday for Wilson Reserve and Sunday for Organ Pipes NP, bats are collected from their boxes for counting and measuring. These two projects are your best chance to get acquainted with a variety of Victoria’s adorable microbats. It’s a lot of fun and since they are microbats you will only have to surrender small amounts of blood .

For more information contact Robert Bender

Wilson Reserve bat box, Irvine Rd car park (Melway 31 G11): Saturday 2nd August 2 p.m.

Next Organ Pipes NP: Sunday 17 August 2 p.m.

4.0 Field Naturalist Society of Victoria

The FNCV is one of our partner organisations and at a 134 year old it is Victoria’s premier naturalist organisation. Each of their 8 interest groups (Botany, Fauna, Fungi, Geology, Marine, Microscopy, terrestrial Invertebrates) holds a regular monthly seminar meeting as well as research and collection trips. This is a great organisation for furthering your knowledge of Victoria’s environment, to network with professionals and to gather practical experience. There is lots of choice in what to do, so come on down and join us. The club hall is a street away from Blackburn railway station and only 30 minutes via the 703 bus from Clayton campus. The bus also stops at Blackburn station.

The next event is Monday the 14th for the Marine groups meeting on Research Diving.

Don’t miss it.

5.0 Regent Honeyeater Planting 2014

The society is going to run a couple of trips up to the Regent Honeyeater project for tree planting near Benalla. The possible dates are 09 - 10 August 2014, 23 - 24 August 2014, 06 - 07 September 2014, 20 - 21 September 2014. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on those trips

6.0 National Tree Day Planting

Put this one in the diary now! Make your mark in Monash by planting some of the 8000 native plants we are buying with our Melbourne Water grant.  As in recent years, the registration point will be at the Scout Halls car park at the end of Fairway Avenue, Mount Waverley (Melways Ref. 70:E5).  The planting will be along Scotchmans Creek towards the freeway tunnels.

The Scouts will be cooking up a free yummy lunchtime sausage sizzle for everyone to enjoy.  Enquiries: or 9802 3481.  More information at

By the Friends of Scotchmans Creek and Valley Reserve Inc.

Sunday, 27 July 2014 - Fairway Reserve -9:00am -1:00pm

7.0 Battle of the Brains  

Get ready to test your employability skills in the Employment and Careers brand new Battle of the Brains. Get a team together of your friends and classmates (5-7 of them) to compete in three challenges with prices of 1000,1000 and 2000 dollars respectively. (You actually get to share the price money with your team).These challenges are about transferable skills (team work, leadership, communication etc) and are not study background specific so anybody can take part. The Battle of the Brains is designed to emulate the process of career assessment centers so its going to be valuable experience. The first challenge starts August 7.

8.0 Student Placement:    

This is an exciting placement opportunity for students. The project is about researching/impacting
littering that causes platypus entanglement in Diamond Creek. See attached for details.

9.0 Photo and Drawing Competition

Time to express your artistic talent with BiolSoc’s annual photography and drawing competition. Simply submit your artwork here by Week 3 (exact date TBC) for your chance to win a prize! One of last year’s winners had their photo featured on this years membership cards so it is an opportunity not to be missed! There will also be a fun awards night to show off everyone’s photos! The competition period is between the start of the mid year break and week 3 of semester.

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Categories judged are:

Fauna Photo

Flora/Fungi Photo

Landscape Photo

Funny Photo

Biological Society Event Photo

Nature Sketch

Biological Diagram

10.0  Website, Facebook page, and contact details

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