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First sub-alpine ClimateWatch trail in Victoria

16 October 2019

 Flame Robin


Flame Robin, Mt Buffalo National Park. Nadiah Roslan


The Earthwatch team have been busy delivering new ClimateWatch monitoring trails across Australia, including the first sub-alpine ClimateWatch trail at Mount Buffalo National Park!

Mt Buffalo has high vegetation biodiversity. It's sensitive, sub-alpine grassland and woodland plant communities are at high risk from the impacts of climate change and pest species.

Earthwatch, in collaboration with Parks Victoria, selected new ClimateWatch indicator species common along the Lake Catani Lakeside Walk to monitor for seasonal changes. The Lake Catani Lakeside Walk is a grade 3 track at Mount Buffalo which is easily accessible for day-visitors. Visit Lake Catani to monitor our sub-alpine species such as Flame Robin and Mountain Grevillea, though you can ClimateWatch anywhere in the park itself. 

In mid-October of 2019 Earthwatch recorded the first flowering event for Hovea montana (Mountain Purple-pea, or Alpine Rusty-pods). We're excited to continue recording the flowering status of this species and others at Lake Catani!

Are you a school that wants to get involved in ClimateWatch citizen science monitoring? Check out our ClimateWatch in Parks initiative and reach our free curriculum resources here: