Two days of sunshine and warm weather saw the crowds descend on Dowerin Field Days after a hiatus in 2020.
The Wheatbelt NRM mega tent, again, proved to be a hit with visitors. In partnership with our friends Landcare Farming, LawrieCo, Main Roads, Muresk Institute and RM Surveys, we had the opportunity to chat with people from all over Western Australia about the work that we are doing and how communities can get involved.
Visitors were really interested to share their Carnaby Cockatoo sightings and talk about what kinds of habitats and vegetation options they could apply at their own homes to attract these beautiful birds to their area. Dung beetles were also a popular subject with local landholders keeping the team busy explaining how this dynamic soil engineer can assist with improving soil health throughout the Wheatbelt.
The Bertie Beetle Guessing Game, which was supporting our dung beetle project, was a hit with the younger visitors. Congratulations to Georgina Warder who guessed the right number of Bertie Beetles in the jar. Her winning guess was 206 (which we are sure her family will appreciate!)
Free bush food tastings kept the Noongar Boodjar Rangers talking. It was great to see so many people interested in local Aboriginal culture and learn how the Ranger team works on Country to create positive change throughout the Wheatbelt. However, it was a carpet python named Anna and the wallaby joeys that stole the show.
Ranger Red and the Marsupial Mammas and Pappas joined us again this year and not only added to the tent’s atmosphere but also imparted important knowledge on the protection of threatened native species.
Thank you to everyone who popped in to have a chat with our team and our Friends. It was great to be back at Dowerin and meeting so many new people.