Learn from the Scientists
2 February 2019
Saturday (8.00am – 12.15pm)
Meandering Mates Hunt with Bindiya
Join us as we check in on our friends who live in the Nabukavesi Stream! Freshwater macroinvertebrate scientist Bindiya Rashni will lead another Meandering Mates Hunt to see how the critters that live in the stream have been doing since we last visited in February.
We’ll use the Traffic Light Bio-indicator designed by Bindiya to assess the health of the stream based on the species composition of macro-invertebrates in it.
Don’t worry if you’ve never gone meandering with Bindiya before! She will explain the “rock wash method” that makes it easy to find the critters who live in the stream, such as juvenile stages of damselflies, dragonflies, caddisflies, mayflies, aquatic moths, and more. These animals have ecological importance and serve as bio-indicators for a healthy stream.
All equipment will be provided. Please bring your own food and drinks for a picnic at the end of the walk. Don’t forget to bring something so you can swim in the pools of the three-tiered waterfall there!
This is a popular trip. Book and pay early to secure a place.
- Transport provided
- Destination: Nabukavesi, 40 mins from Suva.
- 8.00 am Sharp: Depart Suva from the Civic Center bus stop.
- 12.30pm Depart Nabukavesi
- $15 for NatureFiji member
- $25 for non-member.
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- Fitness: Easy walk along the shallow stream
- Children 5 years and above
Bindiya Rashni, became the Ecosystems Program Conservation Officer at NatureFiji-MareqetiViti in March 2018. She is a passionate freshwater macroinvertebrate scientist with a decade of experience in the bioassessment of tropical freshwater systems. She has carried out extensive work on the flora (hydrophytes, periphyton and phytoplankton) and fauna (macroinvertebrate and zooplankton) diversity in the wetlands of Fiji and the Solomon Islands. To date, she has identified over a million individuals.
Bindiya developed an innovative and simple “Traffic Light Bio-indicator” (TLB) field guide which is now being used for a Community Based Riverine Monitoring project in Drawa, Vanua Levu. But she has also used the TLB and a local invertebrate spotting game (the “Meandering Mates Hunt”), both of which are age-, education- and cost-friendly, to make science more accessible to the general public. In 2014, in collaboration with Live & Learn RiverCare project, she contributed to the development of a RiverCare Toolkit for Fiji and established a river monitoring plan per village for the Drawa block communities (Vanua Levu).