Kids wade into lessons on pro­tect­ing bay shore­birds

Broome Advertiser - - News - Robert Dougherty

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.

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