National Science Week Launch 16th August Bournda

The Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub will launch the Sapphire Coast Science Festival at Bournda Environmental Education Centre at Bournda National Park on Saturday 16th August at 1pm.

The program will feature a range of interesting hands-on science activities that will get you thinking science in the great outdoors:

• There are 4 x 75 min sessions, come for one or come for all; 12 fascinating activities to choose from.
• Investigate the Bournda EEC Climate Watch trail and identify plant and animal species that can help scientists understand the effects of climate change better.
• Study the biodiversity of estuarine ecosystems, with a focus on Wallagoot Lake.
• Explore how you can use the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness to record your nature sightings.
• Conduct a fish dissection with the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre.
• Take part in a night-time search for the elusive Yellow Bellied Glider.

More activities will be confirmed soon!

The Science Festival launch is a great event for the whole family and you will be guaranteed to learn something interesting about the amazing organisms that are literally on our doorsteps!

See information on last years event:
http://www.atlasoflife.org.au/science-week-fun-at-bournda-science-expo/

New bird in our patch

Steve Sass, Harrison Warne and Andrew Morrison were lucky enough to get good sightings of an adult and juvenile Noisy Pitta near Bermagui on 14/07/14. This is the most southerly record for this bird in Australia which in my reference book says it’s range is down to the Hunter. It was Chris Hemmingsem who shared his sighting on the 12/7 that brought this visitor to attention.

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Winter Visitors

Every winter we see a small group of Double Banded Plovers on the sandspit at Fishpen & opposite on the tidal flats opposite at Spencer Park. [Merimbula] They migrate from New Zealand, where they breed, to S.E Australia and have been seen sitting in the sun or feeding at low tide.

Other plovers [residents] are at Bournda Island area, the endangered Hooded Plover, [one flagged YO] and a small group of Red Capped Plovers.

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