Frogs 'n' Logs

September 06, 2017

Did you know that Corowa is home to many frog species because of the abundance of wetland habitats in the area?

If you want to discover them for yourself you might like to check out a new fabulous wetland walk at the Rivergum Holiday Park.

An interpretive walking track was opened by Sarah Ning from the Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group and Natasha Lappin from Murray Local Lands Services on Wednesday, August 16.

The interpretive walking track was delivered through the Murray Wetland Carbon Storage project, funded by the Australian Government through a partnership between Murray Local Land Services and the Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group.

The project aims to improve the biodiversity and carbon storing capacity in this important wetland environment.

During the day Corowa and District Landcare held a ‘Frogs ‘n’ Logs’ workshop with students from Oaklands and St Mary’s primary schools as part of their Junior Landcare Program.

The Junior Landcare Program is supported by Murray Local Land Services NSW through funding from the Australian Governments National Landcare Program.

Students participated in three activities; Melinda Elith, teacher at Oaklands guided students in macro-invertebrate testing.

Sarah Ning took the students on a guided walk and planted wetland plants with each group.

Ecologist Dave Hunter from the Office of Environment and Heritage took the children frog catching. Much to the excitement of Dave and the children, the threatened Sloane’s froglet was heard calling from several wetlands, which further highlights the conservation value of this protected area.

“The children enjoyed discovering the frogs and macro-invertebrates that are out there right under our noses,” Melinda said.

The students identified damsel fly nymphs that indicated a healthy waterway.

That evening Dave gave a very interesting presentation focusing on the value of frogs to the health of the environment, and why people should promote frog conservation in the rural landscape. Everyone went on a spotlighting tour to find some of the winter breeding frogs, including Sloane’s froglet.

Corowa is one of only a few localities in NSW where Sloane’s froglet is known to persist, and there are a lot of opportunities for the locals to help protect this threatened species.

Please contact the Corowa Landcare Office on 6033 1137 if you are interested in becoming a wetlands volunteer.

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