They came, they soared, they warbled!

The inaugural Sapphire Coast Learning Community Bournda Bird Olympics was held on Thursday 27th July.

It was a fantastic day and the students from Tathra, Towamba, Tanja and Wolumla Public Schools were fine representatives for their school communities.

EVERY student had a go in the bird call section and there was magic in the room as the students showed off their skills!

Each school received a set of posters from the Gould League and each participant was awarded a “Looking at Birds on the Far South Coast of NSW”, generously donated by the Far South Coast Bird Watchers.

The students participated in six activities:  identifying bird calls; identifying birds from pictures; matching feathers to birds; bird knowledge quiz; bird creative art; and bird calling.

The official awards were:

Jack Lynch Memorial Award for the highest school total – Trophy donated by Robert Whiter and Georgies Fine Jewellery

Tanja Public School

Tanja PS with the Jack Lynch Memorial Award

Champion bird callers Bruce Chapman (Left) and Jim Burton with overall winners Tanja PS and the Jack Lynch Memorial Award.

Individual Prize for Best Bird Call – Gould League Book Prize

Kiana Murphy – Tathra PS

Highest Individual Scores – On the Perch Family Day Passes – donated by Steve and Linda Sass, On the Perch Bird Park.

Uluka Richardson – Towamba PS

Caleb Ingram – Tanja PS

Highest Individual Score from each school – BirdLife Australia – Endangered Bird pins donated by Richard Bomford

Caleb Ingram – Tanja PS

Kiana Murphy – Tathra PS

Uluka Richardson – Towamba PS

Cameron Love – Wolumla PS

Highest Team Bird Brains quiz score – Gould League book donation to school library

Tanja PS

The scores were very close with only a couple of marks between all the teams.  Tathra PS students were younger so theirs was a particularly meritorious performance.  Vanessa Milton from ABC Open, documented the event – check out Vanessa’s marvellous story on the “Champion Bird Callers of the South Coast”

We were fortunate to have a few champion bird callers of yesterday present; thank you to Jim Burton and Bruce Chapman for judging the bird calling. Other Bird Calling luminaries present were Gary Beveridge, Sandra Bray, Marg Liston, Fay Deveril, Elaine Cozens and Jill.   Don Bretherton (Merimbula-Imlay Historical Society) assisted with the display materials.

It was a pilot program but there was a definite vibe that it would be great to continue the event next year and to get more schools involved. Newspaper articles provided by the Merimbula-Imlay Historical Society, show that at it’s peak in the 1950s, the South Coast Bird Days, organised by Merimbula Public Principal Jack Lynch, were attended by up to 700 students and 200 adults!!

Thank you to our prize sponsors and thank you to the Merimbula-Imlay Historical Society for kindly loaning us their Bird Call display and bird call activity.

A big thank you to the Bird Brains behind this event – Peter Claxton, Principal of Wolumla Public; Nancy Blindell, SAM Towamba Public; Robert Whiter.

 

Far South Coast Bird Watchers LogoOn the Perch Bird Park logoGould League Logo Sapphire Coast Learning Community Logo

AAEE Conference September

Are you coming to this year’s NSW Environmental Education Conference on Wed 27- Fri 29 September in Sydney?

The conference is always an amazing opportunity to network, access new resources, learn and get inspiration- it’s one big professional development opportunity!!

The early bird registration ends on July 31, so now is the time to get your conference registration happening.

The early bird full conference rate is only $280 for AAEE members, $380 for non-AAEE members and only $200 for students/community volunteers. REGISTER NOW

Not an AAEE member? Now is the time to join!
Join before July 31 and you will also receive 15 months membership for the price of 12! Individual membership is $105, schools/small NGOs are $145 and corporate (Councils etc) is $250. JOIN NOW

AAEE NSW would love to see you there and it will be a great opportunity for you all to reconnect face to face.

marine debris on a beach

Marine Debris Monitoring

Are you interested in assisting with monitoring marine debris in your local area?

Tangaroa Blue is working with the EPA on a container deposit monitoring project in NSW. The monitoring is happening along estuaries from Northern NSW down to Merimbula and it is planned to do four monitoring events before the container deposit scheme is created on Dec 1st 2017 and another 8 after it is implemented.

They have set up four sampling sites in our local estuaries and are looking for interested Merimbula community members who can assist on the weekend of June 24/25 to be trained to complete the remaining events.

If you are interested, please contact us asap on 64945009 or send details using our Contact Form

 

Our place, our future

Eden Marine High School (EMHS) Year 7 students have been participating in a new geography program looking at coastal hazards in the local area. Supported by Bega Valley Shire Council (BVSC), the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Bournda EEC, the program has been developed with EMHS Geography teachers and introduces the students to important coastal processes and coastal hazards like beach erosion and coastal inundation.

The students took advantage of a break in the rain and surveyed sites to identify infrastructure and assets that may be at risk and used computers to look at hazard maps prepared by BVSC. Students take on the role of Council staff to prepare materials to raise public awareness of the issues involved.

Bournda EEC thanks BVSC, NPWS and EMHS (particularly Mr Cookson) for their assistance.

Eden Marine High geography students

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World Environment Day celebrations at the BVCCC

Bournda World Environment Day Dinner 2017

We were having such a good time at Bournda EEC’s 40th (yes 40th!!) World Environment Day (WED) Dinner we forgot to take photographs but luckily Chris Polglase captured some images.

110 people ventured out for the celebratory dinner at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre and reminisced on 40 years of WED dinners initiated by the inaugural Bournda Principal, Jack Miller, way back in 1978!  The assembled gave a round of applause for Jack’s efforts in nurturing the event for many years.

Welcome to Country was given by Colleen Dixon in the Gulaga Room and she spoke of how important it was for people to remember to look after Mother Earth. Other highlights included the lucky door prize of a hand carved wooden elephant generously donated by Spoonsmith! In this photo you can see guest speaker Dr. John Merson, with hand poised to randomly select the eventual winner, Josh Brown, while Bournda Principal Doug Reckord and Administration Manager Jan Lynch look on.

Our guest speaker Dr John Merson was introduced by Dave Gallan and later thanked by Kim Taysom. Dr. Merson gave a thought-provoking presentation on climate change action, outlining details of the Blue Mountain’s Low Carbon Living project. For those that missed out on one of the brochures John distributed, you can download it here.

Participants admired the stunning display of creative art and writing from local school students, who had recently explored the WED theme of “Connecting People to Nature” at workshops at Bournda.

Everyone agreed that it was a fantastic crowd for a Monday night and indicative of our community’s enthusiasm for giving back to Mother Earth. A good time was had by all!

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BOURNDA EEC -SEVERE WEATHER WARNING

At 4:15am Tuesday 6th June, the Bureau of Meteorology issued a Severe Weather Warning for the Far South Coast.

The dangerous wind, combined with cold and possibly wet conditions, make today unsuitable for outdoor activities so unfortunately we have had to postpone programs at Bournda. This includes the Pambula PS Year 2 program and the “My Treasure” Creative and Talented Program involving students from Tanja PS, Bega Valley PS, Bermagui PS and Bemboka PS.

The Year 7 Geography, Landforms and Landscapes program at Eden Marine High, will go ahead with modified activities.

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Bournda EEC Future Leaders Environment Award

Inaugural award winner

Inaugural BEEC Future Leaders winner, Harrison Warne with Amelia Telford (AYCC)

World Environment Day is tomorrow (5th June) and it is a great day to announce that Bournda EEC welcomes nominations from Year 12 students, who have shown strong environmental leadership and initiative, for the 2017 Bournda EEC Future Leaders Award.

The award is made possible with the generous support of Dr Helen Sykes from Future Leaders

http://www.futureleaders.com.au/

There are two $500 prizes to be awarded to eligible Year 12 students from NSW secondary schools in the South East of NSW.

Nominations close Friday 30th June 2017 and the recipients will be announced at the beginning of Term 3.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information/assistance.

Download the nomination form!

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Bega High School test drive the Bournda TrailRider!

Bega High School staff recently held an overnight professional learning camp at Bournda. One of the activities was to develop procedures for the safe use of Bournda EEC’s new TrailRider All Terrain Wheelchair.

In the picture below Mark Freedman steers while Jess Harris (Head Teacher , Special Education)  enjoys the scenery. The unnamed person at the front seems to be doing the work!

Trail rider wheel chair in action

Everyone, especially Mrs Harris,  was impressed by the ease with which the TrailRider handled the rough section of track.

The Trai Rider will be used to assist students with mobility needs during Bournda EEC programs and will be available for loan to other community groups.