MESAC Projects

Winter Solstice Walk and Talk 2023

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On Sunday the 18th June, (close to the winter solstice day), we will be holding our annual such walk (our fifth), along the sanctuary foreshore. Starting and ending at the Teahouse. Speakers will cover some dramatic bay history, geology, fossils, local aboriginal history, and some of the native plants.

BESS Fossil Expo.

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Our sister group (with some common executive), will be holding a local fossils expo at the Beaumaris Secondary College, on Sunday the 6th August. A range of quality speakers and displays can be expected. Murray Orr, President of BESS inc. is managing this event. Murray is also building a permanent fossils display cabinet for the Tea House.


Insects book

The Common Insect and Spiders of Ricketts Point Sanctuary Book Completed – pdf available under MESAC PUBLICATIONS.
This is the 5th book in our ‘urban sanctuary’ range reference books, all under the direction of Professor Buckeridge. After two years the final draft is complete. Previous books covered ‘animals without backbones’, ‘fossils’, ‘foreshore plants’ and ‘bird’.

Sun Screen Toxicity Project

Sun Screen Toxicity Project – With RMITU to evaluate the effects of common sun screen lotions on our shallow water marine life. Joint grant application under way.

Bay Re Wilding Project

Bay Re Wilding Project – This is a preliminary project in association with Simon Mustoe and Dr Matt Edmunds, to assess the viability of rewilding Port Phillip Bay, from both a public and government perspective. Part of the research will explore the publics attitude to conservation and bio diversity around the Bay and Ricketts Point Sanctuary in particular.

Marine Interpretation Centre

Marine Interpretation Centre. We continue to seek Bayside Council’s interest in supporting this sanctuary based project.

Under Water Video Project

The Under Water Video Project has been underway for a year. A 3D version is to be developed. Following this it is possible that we can develop a future UW camera recording system, to transmit live images from within the sanctuary, to a ground base, for routine evaluation of species and more. More marine videos in train.

Volunteers Day

An event for later this year, hopefully to be held at the BSC, to enable our committee, members and other volunteers, to enjoy a rare morning or evening of events, with a view also, of socialising with others of similar interests. Programme could include 3D viewing, Aboriginal Astronomy, etc