If you would like to learn more about the wonderful wildlife of the Fraser Coast then sign up to some, or all, of the free events being organised in February by the Fraser Coast Regional Council Natural Environment team.
The events cover an introduction to birdwatching, an overview of the migrating shorebirds which visit the region, finding frogs, and the Fraser Coast marine life.
“Our region has some unique wildlife,” Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said.
“While most people know about humpback whales, less people know about the wading shorebirds, some of which fly from Siberia to the Fraser Coast and back every year.
“And then there’s the frogs and marvelous invertebrates and mammals that live here.
“The events will also showcase some of the fantastic Council parks and reserves which make birdwatching and animal spotting a delight – there is nothing better than spending time outdoors, in the bush getting to know our animal neighbours or just recharging.”
The full list of events can be viewed on the Council website www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/environmental-events. Spaces are limited so please register through Council’s Customer Service team on 1300 79 49 29 to secure a spot.
At the introduction to birdwatching session, to be held at the Fraser Coast’s newest environmental reserve in Barnett Road, Takura, participants will be given tips and tricks used by seasoned birdwatchers to get the most out of a birdwatching experience.
The reptiles of the Fraser Coast session will include live lizards, pythons, and venomous snakes in a safe, hands-on interactive experience designed to educate and engage.
“The marine life of the Fraser Coast session will bring the sea to you through a fun workshop designed to inspire people of all ages to appreciate and conserve our marine ecosystems.
“Displays of fascinating live marine animals and artifacts will be mixed with games and information sessions.
“You will get to meet and touch sea stars, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, and a freshwater turtle – you might even get up close to a baby bamboo shark.
“Finding a Frog in February has been a popular activity for the past couple of years.
“At this session, you will explore all things froggy and put your new skills and knowledge to the test by searching for frogs in the Fay Smith Wetlands in Maryborough.
“Your findings will be entered into a database of local frog information.”
On Saturday, March 4, residents will be able to join in a Community Tree Planting event at the Doolong Road Reserve (opposite Baycrest Retirement Living).
Council will supply the plants, tools, and gloves as well as a barbecue breakfast (including tea and coffee), children’s activities, and a guided eco walk.
“Council has been replanting the reserve for many years to create a wildlife oasis,” he said.
Article and photo provided by Fraser Coast Regional Council