Kids wade into lessons on protecting bay shorebirds
Broome children were given the opportunity to learn about their favourite shorebirds at the launch of the Flock Oz — Broome project at Cable Beach last week.
Participants were encouraged to make a life-size decorated cut-out of a local Roebuck Bay species to take home for their gardens, while learning about protecting Broome’s shorebirds.
The event was organised by Parks and Wildlife, Broome Men’s Shed, Bran Nue Dae, Roebuck Bay Working Group, and the Broome Community Resource Centre, with schools and community groups making their own flock of shorebirds and “nesting” them outside Zanders Restaurant.
Shorebird researcher and event organiser Grace Maglio said the project was a good way to get the community engaged to learn more about their local animals.
“The Flock Oz project involves a discussion of the specific threats shorebirds encounter on Roebuck Bay with participants while they are painting the birds,” she said.
“This will hopefully help give them an understanding of looking after the bay, as well as the more specific issue of looking after the animals using the bay. I was inspired by a project run by Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre called Flock NZ and have worked towards bringing Flock Oz to Broome as a community engagement aspect of the work I have been doing over the last two seasons.”
Children gather with their shorebirds at the display at Cable Beach.