Rounding out the 2018 Goodness Festival, more than 45 locals and tourists joined Chapman River Friends for their annual Goodness Festival Wildlife Walk.
This popular event was once again at full capacity, with the young and young at heart enjoying the sunshine and blooming wildflowers along the river. In fact the event was so popular, participants were split into two groups to explore both the north and south loops along the flooded river bank.
Chapman River Friend Jenna Brooker said that walkers including the kids enjoyed spotting the flowers and tried to identify them using the CRF Wildflower Brochure and new CRFwildflowers app.
“Of particular intergenerational interest was the Chapman River Friends app which makes identifying local native plants easy, even for the botanically challenged.”
On behalf of the Friends Jenna also thanked NACC for their ongoing support for community groups, and community-based conservation.
After the walk participants were further delighted by a delectable bush tucker morning tea of Quandong cakes and Kangaroo party pies – provided by local Traditional Owner Donna Ronan.
And not to be outdone by the wonderful wildflowers native animals from Greenough Wildlife and Bird Park wowed the participants. First cab off the rank was Mackenzie – a gorgeous western desert dingo.
She was followed closely by a Boomerang the Kookaburra, a Shingleback Lizard – affectionately known as Mrs Crabtree, not to forget Elliott the photogenic bearded dragon and finally three gorgeous joey kangaroos.
The animals were a hit with the adults and children alike with visitors from as far away as Finland enjoying the full Aussie experience.
NACC’s General Manager Katherine Allen joined the walk and said she was delighted to be able the share one of Geraldton’s hidden bushlands with her young family.
“The Chapman River put on a fabulous show for us this morning. The whole family got to identify native plants, spot birds and then chat with some animals. Was a great morning out for the whole family.”
“NACC greatly values our community groups and their efforts in protecting our nature assets – so we are very proud to once again have sponsored this event and look forward to it continuing long into the future.”
This event is proudly supported by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council through funding from the Australian Government National Landcare Program.