World of waterbugs under the microscope

Get up close with the weird and wonderful world of waterbugs in 2018 with Moreton Bay’s Aquatic Explorers program.

Launching this February, Moreton Bay Regional Council together with Unitywater and community volunteers will host free monthly sessions across three of the region’s environment centres where children can collect, sample and delve into the fascinating realm of aquatic creepy crawlies.

Lifestyle and Amenity Spokesperson Councillor Matt Constance said the first session would take place on Saturday, February 17 at Kumbartcho Sanctuary, Eatons Hill.

“With the help of environmental experts, children will explore their local creeks and use microscopes and other lab equipment learn to collect and identify the vast array of waterbugs that call the region’s waterways home,” Cr Constance said.

“Interacting with natural environments is not only a great way for children to get outdoors, it’s also a great way to learn valuable skills including creativity and problem solving.

“If you love bugs, science and all things nature, I encourage you to join in all the fun of the first ever Aquatic Explorers program.”

Event details:

 

  • May 19, 9am to 11.30am – Kumbartcho Sanctuary, 15 Bunya Pine Court, Eatons Hill
  • June 16, 9am to 11.30am – Osprey House Environmental Centre, 975 Dohles Rocks Road, Griffin

Local environment volunteer Lainie Peltohaka said Moreton Bay is home to hundreds of aquatic macroinvertebrates.

“There are plenty of waterbugs in the Moreton Bay Region, from diving beetles to freshwater shrimp,” Ms Peltohaka said.

“They are not only cool to look at, but are also extremely useful in understanding the health of local waterways. That, along with the vital part they play in our ecosystem, is the reason why it’s important for all of us to conserve our creeks, rivers and marine parks.”

Unitywater’s Community Relations Specialist Kate Cash said the program was a great way for kids to have fun in and with nature.

“We are thrilled to support this program and help kids of all ages to experience the magical world of water and learn more about the bugs and critters that call it home,” Ms Cash said.

The program is free, bookings are required and budding scientists can book in for as many sessions as they’d like.

To book or for more information head to www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au and search ‘aquatic explorers’.

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