The first busy week of Two Bays 2019 is complete and I’m writing on a day that was meant to be spent on Mud Islands in the Port Phillip Heads marine park with St Aloyishus school from Queenscliff. Strong Northerly winds were predicted so a comfortable transfer of kids onto the island was considered too dangerous. Fortunately we have a spare weather day tomorrow and the school has been able to switch days. Programming at sea is a fine art of crossing fingers and praying to the weather gods. Port Phillip Bay can throw all kinds of weather patterns at you though the impending Autumn used to mean calmer, less windy conditions.
Saturday 23rd February 2019
Parks Victoria is delighted to invite you to join us aboard the SV Pelican 1 to participate in a variety of community monitoring activities at Mud Islands, Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park as a part of the Two Bays 2019 program.
The day is focussed on encouraging greater community participation in Port Phillip’s marine protected areas and ongoing monitoring for these parks.
The activities undertaken form part of the Sea Search Program developed for community monitoring in Victoria’s Marine National Parks and Marine Sanctuaries. Information collected through Sea Search is used to inform management as well as provide
IPMEN 2018 was hosted by the National Taiwan University, whose President Ching-Fong Chang was a representative organizer. Thanks too, to the great efforts of the Taiwan Marine Education Centre (and all the volunteers), led by Director, Cheng-Chien Chang.
I have been fortunate to participate in five IPMEN conferences over the last 12 years and each has been an enlightening experience. The conferences have developed a Pacific ocean-wide community of educators and participants, who come away with fresh insights into marine education from around the Pacific and deeper knowledge about the particular place that holds the conference. I was determined to travel to Taiwan, as Pelican1, the vessel we built and still work on, has a cultural affiliation to the home of migrating Austronesian people - these people built and traveled in the vessels that ended up settling across the entire Pacific Ocean. This wave of migration began over 3,500 years ago from Taiwan and nearby and our voyaging modern double-hulled catamaran was designed partly in homage to this history.
During our our marine education days, we often share the first principle of Ocean Literacy - The Earth has one big ocean with many features. No matter where we live- ocean connects us all and influences us. So it seems fitting that our project Two Bays is part of this first international book sharing ocean educational practices! Our chapter is called The Two Bays Project: A Model for Providing Multidisciplinary Approaches to Monitoring, Education, Engagement and Partnership Building and was co-written by myself (Natalie) and Harry Breidahl.
DELWP are looking for members of the whale watching community to contribute to a citizen science project, collecting photo-identification data on the Critically Endangered Southern Right Whale.
Greg Woolford meeting the boat with his group of Catholic Primary kids about to join us. He helps organise the schools we are working with in Melbourne's West and liaises between our Marine Educator Harry Breidahl and the teachers in the Primary Schools. This means we can tailor our classes to fit into the curriculum flow of the school and make sure our sea classroom learnings have ongoing educational relevance. Harry is sitting beside Amelia Travers who has come along as a volunteer Environmental Educator.
We are at the half way mark for the Two Bays 2018 program.
The schedule for a program can include fairly long hours, unpredictable conditions and busy times when the boat is full. It is non-stop for this hardy crew and there is no way we could run the program without a solid team.
Introducing the crew for this year.
Want to learn more about how to integrate the marine world into your teaching?
Here's a fantastic Two Bays marine learning opportunity...
Environment Education Victoria and Two Bays are presenting Adventures in our Blue Backyard. For more information ➡️
The jetty at Black Rock is still not functioning for a Pelican pick up so the first day with the Kingston Koorie Mob started with a zodiac ride from shore to Pelican1. Nice way to get to a sea classroom.
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Two Bays 2018 is due to begin during the late 2018 Summer season. This time is known to the Boonwurrung as Weegabil nye-whiny or 'old man sun.' The late Summer/ early Autumn Jas significance too for an animal that I am endlessly fascinated with. Many of our Iilk (Boonwurrung for 'eel') are beginning their long journey from our rivers to a very mysterious place in a deep part of the Coral Sea to breed.
Come out from Pelican 1's home port of Bermagui to witness the annual whale migration and at the same time you will help support our marine environmental work.
Saltwater Projects has been given the wonderful opportunity to invite 6 people to come along to a screening of
The Day The Sea Changed
Tuesday 26 September
6pm Drink on Arrival | 6.30pm Film start
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Within this issue of Eingana and on the front page are stories connected to our program Two Bays. We are grateful that as a contributor to Environment Education Victoria's member journal, Eingana, we are able to share this edition among our NFP network. EEV invites and encourages members of the environmental education and EfS sector to become a member of the EEV community.
Photo: Michelle Quach
St Mary’s Parish Primary School, Williamstown is the oldest, continuously operating Catholic school in Victoria. For its 175th anniversary the school's teachers decided on a day out on Pelican1 as part of the Two Bays program. Initially it was to explore the coastlines around Williamstown, travel to the closest marine parks at Jawbone and Pt Cooke and get a sea country perspective to those that work in this Bayside school. But due to the enthusiasm of the teachers the day morphed into an exploration of Ocean Literacy and professional development as well.
Kingston Koorie Mob is a program coordinated through Parkdale Secondary College for Aboriginal youth in Kingston. The program highlights cultural identity, promotes goal setting, personal development and encourages educational outcomes. For the last six years Two Bays has had a Sea Country day for these students, supported by the Kingston Council and this year by Port Phillip Council. We travel to the nearest Marine Park from Beaumaris, in this case, Rickett's Point Marine Sanctuary and the young people get an opportunity to snorkel and swim, whilst also having cultural connections brought to life by Arweet Carolyn and Harry Breidahl share marine knowledge.
Our first day out for the 12th Two Bays project was an opportunity to get young Koori people and parents/carers out into their local Sea Country. Everyone was welcomed on board by Arweet (Elder) Carolyn Briggs and her grandson Marbee remained on board to share Boon Wurrung language and stories with the young participants.
Womindjeka Mar-ran biik biik Boonwurrumg Nairm derp bordupren uther weelam.
Welcome to our land of the two Great Bays Port Phillip and Western Port.
Wonderful opportunity to connect with the most amazing places in Port Phillip Bay and help learn about how to monitor and understand more about it. Parks Victoria is running the day to Mud Islands through the Two Bays program. Be quick- you have till Thursday to apply!
We are offering you an opportunity to come whale watching with us during the southern migration of the now ever-increasing number of whales heading to their feedomg grounds in Antarctica.
Experience whale watching under sail aboard the 19m Pelican 1, at Bermagui. The 19-metre sailing catamaran and her crew specialise in marine research and education all around Australia, including studies on Blue and Sperm Whales. Bermagui is her home port and she’s a familiar sight during whale watching season.
Tours begin September 24, with 3 hour trips daily at 9am. You can help to sail the catamaran, or relax on the covered deck with a drink as the coastline slips away.
On World Ocean's Day - celebrating the fact that our vessel has done over 70,000 NM of sea projects. That's 3.25 times around the globe. Not bad for a small crew and hardy sea-navigating catamaran.
We are offering a journey into the Tasmanian wilderness by sea, leaving Queenscliff in March 2017.