Frogs ‘n’ Logs Wetland launch

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Did you know that Corowa is home to many frog species be­cause of the abun­dance of wetland habi­tats in the area?

If you want to dis­cover them for your­self you might like to check out a new fab­u­lous wetland walk at the River­gum Hol­i­day Park.

An in­ter­pre­tive walk­ing track was opened by Sarah Ning from the Mur­ray Dar­ling Wet­lands Work­ing Group and Natasha Lap­pin from Mur­ray Lo­cal Lands Ser­vices on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 16.

The in­ter­pre­tive walk­ing track was de­liv­ered through the Mur­ray Wetland Car­bon Stor­age project, funded by the Aus­tralian Govern­ment through a part­ner­ship be­tween Mur­ray Lo­cal Land Ser­vices and the Mur­ray Dar­ling Wet­lands Work­ing Group.

The project aims to im­prove the bio­di­ver­sity and car­bon stor­ing ca­pac­ity in this im­por­tant wetland en­vi­ron­ment.

Dur­ing the day Corowa and District Land­care held a ‘Frogs ‘n’ Logs’ work­shop with stu­dents from Oak­lands and St Mary’s pri­mary schools as part of their Ju­nior Land­care Pro­gram.

The Ju­nior Land­care Pro­gram is sup­ported by Mur­ray Lo­cal Land Ser­vices NSW through fund­ing from the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ments Na­tional Land­care Pro­gram.

Stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in three ac­tiv­i­ties; Melinda Elith, teacher at Oak­lands guided stu­dents in macro-in­ver­te­brate test­ing.

Sarah Ning took the stu­dents on a guided walk and planted wetland plants with each group.

Ecol­o­gist Dave Hunter from the Of­fice of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage took the chil­dren frog catch­ing. Much to the ex­cite­ment of Dave and the chil­dren, the threat­ened Sloane’s froglet was heard call­ing from sev­eral wet­lands, which fur­ther high­lights the con­ser­va­tion value of this pro­tected area.

“The chil­dren en­joyed dis­cov­er­ing the frogs and macro-in­ver­te­brates that are out there right un­der our noses,” Melinda said.

The stu­dents iden­ti­fied damsel fly nymphs that in­di­cated a healthy wa­ter­way.

That evening Dave gave a very in­ter­est­ing pre­sen­ta­tion fo­cus­ing on the value of frogs to the health of the en­vi­ron­ment, and why peo­ple should pro­mote frog con­ser­va­tion in the ru­ral land­scape. Ev­ery­one went on a spot­light­ing tour to find some of the win­ter breed­ing frogs, in­clud­ing Sloane’s froglet.

Corowa is one of only a few lo­cal­i­ties in NSW where Sloane’s froglet is known to per­sist, and there are a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties for the lo­cals to help pro­tect this threat­ened species.

Please con­tact the Corowa Land­care Of­fice on 6033 1137 if you are in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a wet­lands vol­un­teer.

Dave Hunter “talk­ing all things frog” with stu­dents from Oak­lands and St Mary’s pri­mary schools.

Stu­dents Hamish Baker and Brodie Ey­ers fish­ing for macro-in­ver­te­brates.

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