We are very excited to share that our recently released Waterways Field Guide has been nominated as a finalist for the 2016 Healthy Waterways Awards, in the category of Sustainable Education. These guides were developed as an initiative of Gold Coast Waterwatch, which was supported and undertaken by both the City of Gold Coast Catchment Management Unit and us here at Natura Education.
The Waterways Field Guide Project produced a series of booklets that were published using the collective knowledge of various local organisations and specialists, and is an accumulation of valuable information about our precious local waterways.
These booklets are published as a deck of high quality, full colour, ring-bound cards designed to be used in the field to identify the different types of water bugs, water habitats, riparian vegetation types and water dependent life cycles found throughout Australia’s east coast. The guides also feature high quality photographs and images accompanied by background information about the importance of our catchments, protecting our natural areas and the Waterwatch program.
This field guide project is the first of its kind and has proven to be a fantastic resource for students, teachers, scientists and members of the community, and we believe these guides will be an invaluable resource for educating youth and community about our local waterways and the actions that need to be taken to preserve them for future generations.
The field guides have been distributed to more than fifty schools and organisations across the coast so far and have assisted in delivering a first-hand resource to identify species in local catchments. Through this project we also encourage people to get involved in the local catchment and land care groups in order to make a lasting difference on a grander scale.
If you would like to support this project further you can add your voice by voting for it in the 2016 Healthy Waterways Awards people’s choice. We would love your support so we can continue doing what we can to support healthier environments both locally and further afield. Take a moment to visit the Healthy Waterways website and add your vote for our wonderful field guides!