Birds of a Feather – Best Practice Case Study


Bournda EEC has finalised the Australian Association for Environmental Education, NSW Chapter Leadership for Sustainability Program and recently completed our Birds of a Feather project with other Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub members. The Science Hub also acts as a Regional Sustainability Educators Network (RSEN), collaborating on a wide range of projects and is working on a strategic plan for 2019.

Thank you to Erika Van Schellebeck, the AAEE Coordinator for helping us with the project. Erika secured extra time and resources to help us get the project finished after we were delayed because of the Tathra fire.

BIG THANK YOU to Pambula Public School and Tathra Public School teachers and students for your interest and enthusiasm.

Thanks to our Hub/RSEN partners Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness for their assistance. Other helpers were Far South Coast Birdwatchers Inc. NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the  Far South Coast Conservation Management Network

The project was funded by Bournda Environmental Education Centre and the NSW Government Environmental Trust through the AAEE project.

Motion Camera work


Saving our Shorebirds

As a National #ScienceWeek special feature, check out our new iBook, Saving our Shorebirds

This Multi-Touch Book has been created by Jules Donne, Bournda EEC in collaboration with Amy Harris, South Coast Shorebird Recovery Program, National Parks and Wildlife Service.

This iBook has been produced to highlight the incredible life cycle of threatened shorebirds that nest on our local Far South Coast beaches. Their conservation is helped by the many local volunteers who give up their time to assist the NPWS Threatened Shorebird Recovery Program. The production of this iBook was possible through support and grant funding from South East Local Lands Services and educational support from Bournda Environmental Eduction Centre.  The NPWS Shorebird Recovery Program receives support and funding from the Saving Our Species program.
We acknowledge the Aboriginal Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waters we write about. We pay our respects to their traditions, customs, sacred landmarks, stories, legends and their Elders past, present and future.

Screen shot of Saving our Shorebirds iBook

Birds of a feather!

Last week Bournda EEC staff assisted Tathra Public School staff and students with another stage of the Birds of a Feather project.  The students used a motion sensing camera and bird bath to check out what birds are visiting the school; they have also uploaded their sightings to The Atlas of Life using NatureMapr software.  They decided that providing extra food and shelter would encourage more birds around the bird bath installation.  So the day before Schools’  National Tree Day we were already into it!

Teachers on National Schools Tree Day at Tathra Public School

Planting native flowering shrubs to support birds at Tathra Public School

Planting natives to support the birds at Tathra Public


And then there was the discovery of a historical connection. Mr Reckord was Mrs Guess’ science teacher when she was in Year 7! That made Mr Reckord feel quite historical.  Thank you to Tathra PS for their support of the program and thank you to Mr Stewart for helping prepare the Tim Watson Memorial for the extra plants.

The Birds of a Feather project was supported by the Australian Association for Environmental Education through an Environmental Trust grant.

Eden Marine High School’s Future Leaders Environment Award Winner!

Each year we have the pleasure of finding a Bournda EEC Future Leaders Environment Award winner, made possible through the generous support of Dr Helen Sykes and Future Leaders 

This year’s winner is Morgan Chapple of Eden Marine High School. With the support of Careers Adviser Michelle Bond, Morgan provided an excellent submission which linked her career aspirations in the Navy with her interest in the environment.  Morgan receives a $1000 prize from Future Leaders which will help her achieve her goals!

Bournda EEC Future Leaders Award 2018 Winner

Picture: Courtesy of Claudia Ferguson, Eden Magnet

Uncle Ossie Stewart - check out my mussells!

Happy NAIDOC Week!

Last week local schools had a wonderful opportunity to celebrate NAIDOC with the Eden Aboriginal Community at Jigamy Farm!

Over 430 students attended over 3 days and teacher and students loved the activities. The students were able to connect with the NAIDOC theme while eating johnny cakes, learning about yams, seed grinding and looking at the displays inside the centre.

Thank you to Monaroo- Bobberer-Gudu Culture Centre at Jigamy for hosting this wonderful event for the 9th year running!

Thanks also to National Parks and Wildlife Service for their support.


Because of her, we can learn about yams.

Because of her,we can!

Students learning about Aboriginal culture at Jigamy

Out in the bush, learning about culture

Uncle Ossie Cruse at the canoe camp

Uncle Ossie Cruse yarning at the canoe camp

Seed grinding

Grinding seeds

Seed grinding in action

On the bush tucker trail at Jigamy.

On the bush tucker trail at Jigamy.

Learning the dances

Dancing crew in action!

Uncle Ossie Stewart - check out my mussells!

Mussel man Ossie Stewart

Waste Warriors Work When Weather’s Wet!

Tomorrow our second Stage 2, Waste Warriors program is ON! The weather looks a bit foul but the fun thing about making worm farms and bees wax wrap is that you can keep dry while you are doing it!  We will get outside when we can but it will be definitely on tomorrow. See you out there to do practical things to beat the waste problem!

Waste Warrior shows off worm farm

One of our wonderful Waste Warriors from last week!


TrailRider outing in Bournda National Park

Kony and his Tulgeen carer Paul, came out to Bournda National Park to take the Bournda EEC TrailRider All Terrain Wheelchair for a spin! From the smiles on Kony’s face, and the positive feedback from his carer and family, it’s clear he enjoyed the experience.  He’s going to come back for a weekly visit and he can explore a different spot each time.

Using the TrailRider to explore Bournda National Park

The Bournda EEC TrailRider was purchased in 2017, with support from the Department of Education, Tulgeen Disability and Tarra Motors, and enables inclusive experiences in the outdoors for people that need mobility assistance.

For further information, see the Bournda EEC Mobility Assistance page. 


TrailRider on the edge of Wallagoot Lake

Another successful Zoomobile tour!

The Bournda Taronga Zoomobile Tour has finished for another year!  Since 2004 we have had an annual visit in the Bega Valley and the local schools love the opportunity for a close-up look at some of the Zoo guests.

Taronga Zoomobile outside Quaama Public School

Bournda EEC ran a School Biodiversity activity as our contribution to the tour.  Students looked at the Atlas of Life, NatureMapr and the Atlas of Living Australia while learning how people of all ages can be “citizen scientists” in our community. Students looked at the biodiversity around their school grounds, examining water bugs and terrestrial macroinvertebrates. The Atlas of Life kindly loaned us their Microeye Digital Microscope and the students enjoyed a close-up view of the specimens they collected.

Quaama kids checking out the bugs they captured

Thank you Bemboka PS, Wolumla PS, Tanja PS, Quaama PS,  Candelo PS, Towamba PS, Central Tilba PS and Bega Valley PS – your students were enthusiastic participants and asked lots of great questions.

Many thanks to Dom Arndt from Taronga for the expert presentations.  We really enjoyed your visit!

Dom from the Zoomobile - Early start heading back to Sydney