Project Plains-wanderer is a community conservation education project aimed at raising awareness about the critically endangered Plains-Wanderer populations in the Riverina region of New South Wales.
The students from Jerilderie Public School, Blighty Public School and Finley High School commenced their involvement in the project earlier this year and recently participated in a Habitat Day at Jerilderie.
The Habitat Day is the stage three of Project Plains-wanderer with five stages in total and provided students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the Plains-wanderer habitat and how experts work to conserve the species.
Throughout the day students rotated through different stations completing habitat assessments, grid habitat monitoring, watching a demonstration from Molly the conservation dog as well as a listening to a land owner about how they can protect Plains-wanderers and how farm design and management can positively impact the Plains-wanderer.
"Project Plains-wanderer is a fantastic opportunity for students to make a genuine contribution to the conservation of a species that is critically endangered and living in their local area," Education Officer, Stephanie Maguire said.
"The students have all been really engaged learning throughout the Plains-wanderer to date and we are looking forward to seeing their knowledge grow around the Plains-wanderer conservation."
The next step for the students in Project Plains-wanderer is undertake the Project Day and help create community awareness campaigns at school with their mentors followed by an Expo Day in term three.
"We are really excited to see the different community awareness projects the students create.
"It is always rewarding to see the students put their learning into action and help create public awareness for a critically endangered species in the process."
"The program will culminate with an expo where the students will be able to display their projects and demonstrate what they have learnt through the course of the year," Steph said.
Project Plains-wanderer is a Taronga Western Plains Zoo initiative in partnership with the NSW
- by Government Office of Environment and Heritage
OTHER ZOO NEWS
Visitors to the Dubbo Region will soon be able to purchase a multi attraction ticket called the Great Big Adventure Pass.
The pass, in development and planning for the past 18 months, will be available for purchase online from September 2019 and allow access to four attractions - Taronga Western Plains Zoo, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Dubbo), Old Dubbo Gaol and the Wellington Caves.
Great Big Adventure Pass spokesperson, Taronga Western Plains Zoo Director Steve Hinks, is excited about what this initiative will mean for tourism in the Dubbo region.
The multi-attraction Great Big Adventure Pass will include a special rate at each participating attraction and offer additional discounts at participating businesses.