Nov. 2, 2017

The Churchill pollen counting team

As you know, Melbourne Pollen now has 5 new Victorian sites. This week we will be visiting all our new pollen sites to check on equipment and see how our most valuable resource, our pollen counters, are getting on.

Our first stop was the Federation University campus at Churchill in Gippsland. It’s a beautiful spot nestled in the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges east of Melbourne.

Today’s photo shows the Churchill pollen counter team, Hannah, Jacqui and Taylin, who are local students studying in the School of Applied and Biomedical Sciences at Federation University. On the right is Penny from the University of Tasmania, who is here helping us with training the counters at all the sites.

After looking at some of this season’s slides we noticed that the main pollen types in Churchill’s air come from the trees cypress and birch, and pellitory, a weed. We’ll tell you more about this later.

Afterwards, we even managed a little botanical expedition to check out the local pollen sources before heading off to our next site, Dookie.

But that’s a story for another day.


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