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Join us for the first HotSpot for the year, generously hosted by Cafe Grove, Wodonga.
There are many threatened or endangered species in Australia. In the Albury-Wodonga region alone, scientists and community members are working hard to save local species such as the Squirrel Glider, The Regent Honeyeater and the Murray River Crayfish. How on earth did we get to the brink? And what can we do to recover?
Our inaugural Hotspot features a special 30-minute rehearsed reading of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of The Ancient Mariner, by local identity Olwen Steel and introduced by local scientist and educator Dr Susan Lawler. Written over 200 years ago, this much-loved poem carries a powerful environmental message.
Following supper, an expert panel will discuss what the Mariner’s tale means for us today. We’ll explore the exchange between nature and the human sprit, and the local and national efforts being made to pull some beloved species back from the brink.
Our panel features Dr Susan Lawler , Professor Michael Clarke and Joan Howitt, a local community conservationist.
Dr Susan Lawler is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution at La Trobe University. She develops and teaches programs in the areas of conservation, ecology and evolutionary genetics. Much of her research has been on freshwater crayfish, often in conjunction with our region’s Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre
Professor Michael Clarke is the Head of the School of Life Sciences, Professor of Zoology at La Trobe University. He has a long-standing interest in the impact of fire upon fauna. He has published internationally on the ecology and conservation biology of birds, reptiles, mammals, fish and plants.
Joan Howitt works with the Bungowanah-Splitters Creek Landcare Group, a group of people who work in partnership with government, community organisations, farmers, and the corporate sector in the effective management and use of natural resources. Joan has worked as a volunteer in our community to protect endangered species, including the Sugar Glider.