New programs at Jerrabomberra Wetlands

Girl looking at Jerra wetlands

The Jerrabomberra Wetlands is introducing new programs during May this year, including a great initiative aimed at giving kids the opportunity to get out into nature and learn about Canberra’s wonderful environment.

The Young Rangers Club is a new program run by the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust in conjunction with the ACT Parks and Conservation Service to encourage local young people to become more involved with nature. The club is aimed at young nature enthusiasts between the ages of 8 and 15 who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in relation to the natural environment. The first meeting will be held at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands on Sunday 15 May 2016 from 10 am to midday.

The Club will get together on the third Sunday of each month to explore a variety of nature-based topics with local experts. An annual membership fee of $55 includes attendance to all monthly activities and a welcome pack to help kids get started. The first meeting will focus on the birdlife found at the Wetlands, including biology, habitat and basic identification, as well as practical skills, such as how to use binoculars.

The Wetlands have been recognised as important waterbird habitat for some 50 years and it is home to over 200 bird species, so there is a lot on offer for the kids to see and do.

A new course is being offered for adults looking to learn more about birdwatching. If you are struggling with your bird identification, or if you are hearing bird calls and never know what you’re listening to, then the Birdwatching for Beginners program is for you. The short course run by the Canberra Ornithologists Group is being held on Saturday 28 May from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. It includes and introductory session on the basics of birdwatching, followed by a walk around the Wetlands to put your now-found knowledge into practice. Morning tea provided. Bring your own binoculars.

There are a number of other great activities at the Wetlands this May, including the Friends of Jerrabomberra Wetlands working party on Saturday 3 May and Saturday 21 May from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and an evening presentation, Hydro-Geology of Jerrabomberra Wetlands, with renowned expert Ian Lawrence on Tuesday 10 May from 6 pm to 7.30 pm.

The monthly Sunday bird walk and talk will also be held on 22 May from 9 am to 11 am. For more information or to book one of these sessions visit www.jerrabomberrawetlands.org