Program for conservation
Student conservationists recently unveiled their findings as part of Nature Conservation Margaret River’s annual Our Patch program.
The conservation group works with local primary schools every year to take students through some of the region’s sensitive wetlands, educating them about risks to the environment as well as the local flora and fauna.
Project officer Tracey Muir said about 570 students went through the program this year.
“I was overwhelmed by upper primary students’ passion and creativity in investigating their local catchments and formulating meaningful solutions to the problems they found,” she told the Times.
“During three terms, students from schools across the shire assessed water quality, reported on foreshore vegetation, met landholders, heard from traditional owners and examined land management practices in the region.
“They noted the impact of loss of native vegetation, weeds, water abstraction and sedimentation among other threats to waterway health.”
Ms Muir said the process culminated in a formal presentation day at the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River offices.
Many students used models, sculptures and posters to make their points. “It was a fabulous occasion to have the students, parents, councillors, community members, Shire staff and supporters gathered together acknowledging the unique place that we live in, and our responsibility to care for it as stewards of the land,” Ms Muir said.
Students produced short videos with the help of parent and professional animator Mike Dunn, focusing on water treatment efforts at Cape Mentelle. They also visited Canebrake Pool, Burnside Organic Farm, the Margaret River river mouth and local weirs.
■ Visit bit.ly/2DGCEfO to view the student videos.
Students from the Margaret River Independent School present their findings.