Frogs ‘n Fish Workshop
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.