Annual South East Threatened Species Family Day set to take flight

Date posted: 13 September 2011

Have you ever wanted to wrangle a snake, see a wedge tailed eagle up close or go digging for fossils?

To celebrate Threatened Species Day this Sunday (September 18) the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is inviting you to join them for a jam-packed day at the Naracoorte Caves from 11am-3pm (SA Time).

With activities for all ages, this year’s theme is Forests, Flight and Flora! On the Wing: A bird’s eye view of our catchments.

DENR habitat recovery community engagement officer Becky McCann said a highlight of this year’s event will be the “amazing birds of prey flight show and wildlife display by the Full Flight Conservation Centre, which will include raptors such as a peregrine falcon, owls and even flying foxes”.

“The day is your chance to get up close to these amazing flying creatures as well as other native wildlife, including scorpions, rare princess parrots and bearded dragons,” Ms McCann said.

“You can also go on a virtual catchment tour of the Mosquito Creek and globally significant Bool Lagoon or take a guided cave tour at the World Heritage site.”

Ms McCann said the day is a perfect opportunity for people of all ages from both sides of the border to learn more about the unique environment, plants and wildlife found on their doorstep.

“There is plenty for the kids to see and do including face painting, a native treasure hunt or digging for fossils at the Wonambi Fossil Centre craft tent,” Ms McCann said.

“We will also have short guided walks through the Naracoorte Caves National Park (it’s the perfect time of year to look at the wildflowers), the working fossil lab will be open to the public and a guest presentation by Birds Australia experts about threatened waterbirds will also feature.

“If people want to stick around until 4pm for a trip out to Bool Lagoon, they will have the unique opportunity for a guided walk with Birds Australia experts, with a particular focus on the nationally endangered Australasian Bittern.

“It’ll be a great time of the day to photograph Bool Lagoon, especially as it will be teeming with birdlife.

“Watch out for special guest appearances by Ollie the orange-bellied parrot and Karak the red-tailed black-cockatoo, go into the draw to win a lucky door prize for those who register on the day, plus there will be displays by local groups and agencies, with local indigenous plants for sale and a chance to take a closer look at a direct seeding machine, a sausage sizzle and great coffee and tucker also available at the renowned Caves Café,” Ms McCann added.

“September is Biodiversity month and 2011 is the Year of the Forests, so why not celebrate it on Threatened Species Day on September 18 and make it a day for the family to together take a bird’s eye view of our catchments.”

The Naracoorte Caves National Park is located 15 minutes south of Naracoorte, under an hour from Mount Gambier or Edenhope.

Registrations start from 10:30am (SA time) at the Naracoorte Caves Carpark area. Admission is $2 each or $5 a family. For more information contact Becky at DENR, Mount Gambier on 8735 1112.

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