Walks and talks in the Northern Rivers

The Northern Rivers Science Hub’s 2017 Science Walks, Science Talks program is up and running! First up is a brand new edition of last year’s successful Science in the Pub event series. On 31 March, all are invited to join Dr Matt Landos from the University of Sydney’s Future Fisheries Veterinary Service alongside Georgina Jones and Virginia Seymour from EnviTE, to discuss the topic: Carp and coral trees: tackling the worst ferals on the Richmond River. Discover the latest findings and pioneering local research into the introduced European carp and the weedy coral tree.

Come along to discover what carp are and why they are a concern. Other questions that will be answered include: Why are there so few natives compared to carp? What is the relationship between carp, water quality and trees on the riverbank? What eats carp? There will also be plenty of myth busting and taste testing, and a chance to discover the impact of herpesvirus on carp. You’ll even learn about the shared attributes of carp and cane toads!

When it comes to Argentina’s national flower and what it has to do with Lismore, did you know that Coral Trees originate from northern Argentina, eastern Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay? In Australia, these trees are often cultivated as ornamental plants. However, they have become invasive along waterways in coastal areas of New South Wales from Sydney to the Queensland border. Find out how experts are managing these exotic species.

As we delve into all this feral science, audiences will have a chance to sample some tasty fresh caught carp fillets, paired with delectable offerings from the bar at the Lismore City Bowling Club. This free event is brought you by the Northern Rivers Science Hub and Richmond Landcare, funded by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government, supported by EnviTE Environment and North Coast Local Land Services.

Events planned for later in the year include:

  • Pop up soil science: join the team from Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre as they take soil science to the people with an all-day pop-up soil science lab at Ballina Fair Shopping Centre
  • National Tree Day: things are set to get leafy at South Lismore Duckpond
  • National Science Week: The Friends of the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens have some action-packed plans in place for in Science week this Autumn!

There is plenty more to come in the 2017 Science Walks/Science Talks program. Join the Facebook community to avoid missing out!