We had been looking forward to this event all week! And it didn't disappoint! We were lucky the rain stopped for all the new families that came on our first Junior Nature Club adventure tonight - it was great to see! We started with an observation session of the Grey-headed Flying Fox and learning all about their habits, what they eat and where they go at night...! There was a little bit of 'tiggy' played by the kids while we watched and waited for the sun to go down - then a few at a time the flying-fox started to take off, then more, then more, then more - hundreds - thousands of flying-fox zooming right above us! They are such swift and graceful flyers! And NO - none of them landed in our hair or anywhere near us :-). We ended our flying-fox session by learning about how they are great at dispersing seeds long distances and therefore help create forests which is important for their own habitat regeneration, habitat for other animals and for us too!
Then we headed down with our torches along the Yarra River for some spotlighting. We didn't have to go far at all before we came across a Tawny Frogmouth! A few more steps and we got a Brushtail Possum... a few more steps and two Ringtail Possums! The kids were great - one little boy was very good with his animal knowledge - I was thoroughly impressed! I am always taken back as to how much our kids know, understand and want to know - they have a thirst for knowledge about our natural world - my job is to try and keep up!!
Thanks to Active in Parks and People and Parks Foundation and their grant for the fabulous binoculars the kids enjoyed using for the first time!
We will definitely run more spotlighting sessions in the future as part of our Junior Nature Club and organise some more exciting adventures for the next school holidays!