FRESHWATER INVERTEBRATES OF THE BUSSELTON WETLANDS – EXCURSION THIS SUNDAY AUGUST 20
Thanks to a donation of microscopes from Edith Cowan University, the Busselton Naturalists Club is holding the second of its microscope examinations of small creatures this Sunday August 20.
In June, we looked at marine invertebrates around Port Geographe but this time we’ll be looking at freshwater insects and other creepy crawlies in part of the New River wetlands near Broadwater.
Understanding the invertebrates of our wetlands is important not just because such creatures provide food for a wide range of larger animals such as birds and turtles but because they give a good indication of the health of a wetland.
At 10.00am, gather at Greyteal Place, Broadwater, where the microscopes will be set up and collecting equipment such as dip nets will be available for use. If the weather looks like rain, a gazebo will be set up to provide protection from the elements.
Excursion leader Jane Griffith is an experienced biological scientist and will identify invertebrates and explain their life histories while providing advice on using microscopes.
This morning excursion is well suited to families with children and grandchildren who want to explore and better understand the diversity of life in our wetlands.
The excursion is open to the public and is free of charge.