Frogs ‘n Fish Work­shop

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Did you know that Corowa is a hotspot for a threat­ened frog species? It’s the Sloane’s Froglet and it’s tiny, only about 2cm long.

You may have even heard this tiny froglet in your own back­yard mak­ing a dis­tinc­tive “eek….eek” call.

On Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 15 and Thurs­day, Au­gust 16, 77 stu­dents from four lo­cal schools – Corowa, Corowa South, Lowes­dale and How­long pub­lic schools – had the ex­pe­ri­ence of get­ting up close and per­sonal with frogs and wa­ter bugs in a bil­l­abong at the River­gum Hol­i­day Park.

Over the two days chil­dren par­tic­i­pated in Corowa Dis­trict Land­care’s Ju­nior Land­care pro­gram. They met Dr Alex Knight, an ecol­o­gist from the Charles Sturt Univer­sity.

Alex showed the stu­dents how to tri­an­gu­late in the bil­l­abong to lo­cate a frog and then ac­tively search in leaf lit­ter at the edge of the bil­l­abong to find frogs. Four frog species were found in­clud­ing the Sloane’s Froglet – Crinia sloanei, Eastern Banjo Frog – Limno­dy­nastes dumer­ili, Eastern Com­mon Froglet – Crinia sig­nifera and the Spot­ted Marsh Frog – Limno­dy­nastes tas­man­ien­sis. Alex also taught the stu­dents about the dif­fer­ent calls that our lo­cal species make.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded learn­ing how to iden­tify macroin­ver­te­brates liv­ing in the bil­l­abong. Kathie LeBusque, an en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tor from Wir­raminna En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, showed the chil­dren how the macroin­ver­te­brate species present can in­di­cate the health of our bil­l­abongs.

Oliver Just and Gus Cameron from How­long Pub­lic School.

Ai­den Wark and Will Douche from Corowa South Pub­lic School.

Tyler Hughes and Ben Ed­wards from Corowa Pub­lic School.

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