Posted by: malcolmjamesjwells | 28/10/2014

Sandy Point Discovery Day

Migratory Bird talk

Migratory Bird talk

Marine debris clean up at Sandy Point

Marine debris clean up at Sandy Point

The beauty of Sandy Point

The beauty of Sandy Point

The Sandy Point Discovery Day was held on Saturday 4th October 2014. It was a great success and a lot of fun. Jeff Krause, the executive officer of FRCC, informed me that this was the second year that the discovery day has been held. It is hoped it will become an annual event.

Sandy Point is the southern headland at the entrance to Corio Bay, north of Yeppoon. A shuttle bus ran from outside the Mecure Resort at 8am and took visitors to the car park at Sandy Point, where we were joined by a number of participants who had arrived in their own vehicles.

The schedule included a talk by Birdlife Capricornia on the Migratory Shorebirds of Corio and planting of native species. There was a Marine Debris collection and a demonstration of how Marine Debris Data is collected and reported. A talk was given on the Coastal Beach Scrub vegetation that covers much of the area. Parks and Wildlife rangers also talked about the fragile nature of this pristine area; and control of feral animals that threaten the native wildlife.

Besides being an area of outstanding beauty, Sandy Point is part of the Shoalwater and Corio Bay Ramsar site; home to internationally recognized wetlands. Australia has 65 Ramsar listed wetland areas, covering more than 8.3 million hectares. The Ramsar Convention was signed in Ramsar, Iran in February 1971. It is aimed at halting the loss of important wetlands and managing those that are left. The Shoalwater and Corio Bay site is a fragile ecosystem subjected to considerable natural erosion and impacted by heavy recreational use.

The aim of open days such as this is to educate the public as to the importance of biologically diverse areas such as Sandy Point, and to promote responsible behaviour by visitors and recreational users. The day’s events wound up at 1pm. It was a great mix of education and enjoyment; and I would urge everyone to make an effort to join next year’s day out. The staff and volunteers on hand from all of the participating organizations made the day run smoothly..

Organized by Fitzroy River & Coastal Catchments Inc, Queensland Parks & Wildlife Services and Livingstone Shire Council the event is supported by Fitzroy Basin Association Inc through funding from the Australian Government. The Emu Park Lions were on hand to provide much appreciated morning tea and lunch for visitors and volunteers.

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