Monash University Biological Society


Newsletter 2.0


·  1.0 Welcome new and old members!

·  2.0 OGM (Ordinary General Meeting)

·  3.0 Careers Festival

·  4.0 Nest-Boxing Weekends (March - May)

·  5.0 Australian Bat Night - La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary

·  6.0 Zoo placements

·  7.0 Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Project

·  8.0 Website, Facebook page and contact details


1.0 Welcome new and old members!

Welcome new and old members to the Biological Society. We thank you for joining this society and hope we can continue to work together to achieve some great things and learn some more about biology.

2.0  OGM (Ordinary General Meeting)

IMPORTANT: Our OGM (Ordinary General Meeting) will be held in week 4 Tuesday the 25th instead of the before planned Thursday the 20th. Our OGM had to be postponed due it coinciding with the Careers Festival. We wanted to ensure that you had the possibility of attending both events. We will be having free pizzas and drinks for the OGM from 12pm onwards on the Boob Lawn aka the Chemistry Lawn (outside the first year chemistry labs). Elections will take place at 12:40pm.


Three committee positions are also up for election. So here is your chance to get more involved in the society and take on a leading role. All roles also include helping out with general activities such as bbqs, social events and camps in a supporting role.


First Year Representative:

Represent first year students and vote on general decisions within the committee.

Assistant Treasurer:

Help our awesome treasurer Ben in handling the clubs funds.

Assistant Secretary:

Help the incredible Annie organize meetings, camps and the rest of the committee!


All nominations go to (Nominations Close 12 midnight on the 24th of March). You will have the chance to make the case for you to be elected at the meeting. If you can’t personally make it you can assign a proxy to deliver an introduction about you and or an election speech for you. Proxy details are to be sent to Alternatively you can send through a message/speech to the same address which will be read out for you by the president.    


Oh and have we mentioned the part about free pizzas?



3.0 Careers Festival- Thursday 20th March (week 3)

Great for 3rd year and penultimate year students seeking employment, or 1st and 2nd year students seeking internships or just generally trying to decide what direction to go in. Free to attend! RSVP appreciated, though not essential.

You will have the chance to network with approximately 90 major employers including:


GHD- environmental consultants

Golder Associates- environmental consultants

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation- ANSTO

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation- ASIO

Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development- AYAD

Defence Force

Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS)

Bureau of Meteorology

Department of Environment and Primary Industries


Shell Australia

State Government Victoria

Teach for Australia


You will also have the chance to attend some great career minded workshops and seminars.

More info and to RSVP:


Attend free networking seminars or drop in on free resume/cover letter workshops to prepare for the fair. For more info on this and other career services, go to the career gateway:


4.0 Nest-Boxing Weekends

Nest-Boxing Weekends are two day camps where we check if nest boxes are being occupied by various gliders and or other mammals in Benalla. The first camp is now full. Camp number 2 will take place over the 5th-6th of April with camp number 3 over the 3rd – 4th of May. Food is the only expense (usually $20-30) and carpooling will be arranged to leave the Friday night prior. Club membership is a requirement for attending the camps through the society. If need be we can sign you up when leaving for the camp. You can find links to sign up forms for each weekend on the website in the Events section, or on our Facebook page.

Queries go to


5.0 Australian Bat Night - La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary

Thursday 27th March 2014

Australian Bat Night - La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary

La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary

La Trobe University

Bundoora 3086

7pm - 9pm

A great night out for wildlife enthusiasts. A talk by Lisa Godhino and Robert Bender, followed by a walk through the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary with Steve Griffiths to investigate the types of bats we can find.

Event is free and suitable for everyone.

Please register at for more details.


6.0 Zoo placements:

Monash in conjunction with Zoos Victoria is offering placements at the three Victoria zoos to students. See the attachment for details.


7.0 Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Project 

Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Project - Thanks to Gen Y and TBN

Twenty-two, mostly Gen Y's, responded recently to the call for new volunteers to assist with the establishment of a new release site for Helmeted Honeyeaters at Yellingbo. Twelve young birds from Healesville Sanctuary's captive breeding program were released into the wild on Thursday 23 October, and a fantastic group of volunteers are now helping the Department of Environment and Primary Industries' (DEPI) Senior Scientist - Ornithology, Bruce Quin with the field observations and supplementary feeding. The plans are for this cohort of birds to be supported in the wild for a number of years and for some of their offspring to supplement the Sanctuary's breeding program for releases into other suitable habitat in Victoria. The first signs are good. Just one day after release, one of the young female birds was observed collecting nesting material! This group of young birds, all less than 1 year old, are not expected to breed this season, but it's not unheard of either. Helmeted Honeyeaters are good breeders and great parents. Habitat loss, as with many of our threatened species, is the major cause of their critically endangered status, not their failure to reproduce. Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater are making great headway in connecting the fragmented habitat and it is a major reason why this new release site is possible.

It is sometimes said there is a lack of commitment to conservation, especially amongst young people. It's not our experience. This new group of 22 volunteers are enthusiastic, interested, interesting and reliable. They join an equally dedicated existing group of volunteers in this program, bumping to 60 the number of people who regularly give of their time. Over 400 volunteer hours are contributed every month to DEPI's field work and the administrative support of this program. It will be a challenge to maintain that level of involvement, particularly when many of our Gen Y's go back to Uni in 2014, but with DEPI's long-standing Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Program coordination experience and the ongoing support of the TBN and Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater, it's certainly possible.  

Our thanks to Bird Life Australia and TBN for helping with the recruitment of volunteers for this program. We are still in need of new volunteers, with our biggest roster gaps on weekends. If you feel you can commit 3-4 hours once or twice a month on weekends, we'd love to hear from you. Training, equipment and ongoing support provided. If you would like to know more, please contact Sue Tardif by email.

8.0 Website, Facebook page, and contact details

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Facebook -

Enquiries -

Event registration -

Committee member emails: