It is an exciting challenge

May 23, 2017Citizen Science, Coasts and Marine

Michael & Dawn explain what it’s like to volunteer with EstuaryWatch.

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Michael and Dawn Gibbons enjoy a well earned cuppa after another morning of EstuaryWatch monitoring

Torquay locals Michael and Dawn Gibbons are a lean, mean, EstuaryWatching machine. Every month they head out and collect data on the health of their local estuary, the Spring Creek Estuary. This data is then uploaded to the EstuaryWatch webportal and helps the Corangamite CMA and other management and research organisations understand and manage the health of the estuary.

Michael and Dawn kindly answered a few curly questions about what it’s like for them to be an EstuaryWatcher………

What excites you the most about EstuaryWatch?
Learning all the things about EstuaryWatch and what is involved, it is an exciting challenge.

What is one of your most memorable EstuaryWatch monitoring events?
When we first saw the mouth of the estuary open, we were aware it was starting to open so we would purposely walk the dog to see it open naturally.

How would you describe your local estuary?
Spring Creek estuary is not very big but we love the trees and the fishing platforms. It is a beautiful place to walk and it is healthy.

What do you wish other people knew about EstuaryWatch?
We wish people were more aware of the estuaries and understood the significance of the opening and closing of the estuary and showed more interest in how they work.

If you could describe EstuaryWatch in a few words, what would it be?
Very enjoyable, it helps you to feel good about yourself knowing that you are doing something to help, and seeing the different changes in the estuary.

What advice would you give to a new EstuaryWatch volunteer starting out?
Our advice would be to start off gradually and don’t try to take all the monitoring on at once, just take it one step at a time as there is a lot to learn.