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Weir wetland walk


20th June 2012

SCIENCE books were replaced with binoculars and fresh air recently as 150 students from Perth schools spent the day at Kent Street Weir taking part in a variety of activities including bird watching.   

Biologist Simon Cherriman helped the students spot birds as part of the Canning River Wise Activity Day, organised by the Swan River Trust.

Mr Cherriman used his knowledge of the environment as a filmmaker, consultant, photographer and educator.

He took the students on a walk along the wetland area looking for signs of birds.   

“When they were not seeing birds in the flesh we were looking for evidence of birds such as feathers and listening for their calls,” Mr Cherriman said.   

The walk took the students to a bird hide, where students spotted a variety of birds including shell ducks, pink-eared ducks and yellow-billed spoonbills.   

Altogether the different groups throughout the day spotted about 35 different birds.

Mr Cherriman said much of his knowledge was gained by spending time in the bush and believed hands-on experience was a valuable way to learn.   

He said the students seemed to enjoy the bird-watching.   

Groups rotated through different activities all day, including collecting samples of river water and analysing them for pH, planting native seedlings, hearing river stories from a Noongar elder and playing a game teaching children about feral fish.

Canning Times Newspaper

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