365 Places: Barmah National Park

Post about science collaboration with Yorta Yorta Nation.

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Day 73: Barmah National Park, Yorta Yorta Country, Australia

Today I go back to thinking about interconnecting stories, cultures and worlds. One of the ways I have been influenced to think about the connectedness of place, identity, culture and life has been through my experience with First Nation Peoples. In an earlier post I talked about Yorta Yorta Nation and the work that this community has done with scientists.

Pygmy Perch, Image Credit: NSW Department of Primary Industries http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/species-protection/conservation/what-current/endangered-species/southern-pygmy-perch Pygmy Perch, Image Credit: NSW Department of Primary Industries http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/species-protection/conservation/what-current/endangered-species/southern-pygmy-perch

For example, one project titled A monitoring program to determine the watering requirements of floodplain populations of the southern pygmy perch, Nannoperca australis, in Barmah-Millewa Forest focuses on the pygmy perch, an endangered species found in the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers. The summary text on the Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre website states that:

The pygmy perch has undergone a dramatic decline in NE Victoria over the last 15 years…

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