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Rangers and scientists of the future!


Tim Reilly

Today was the community day, holding two events in both Angurugu (my community) and Umbakumba (30 minutes down the road). The purpose was to share some of the samples that the various scientists had collected and for community members to be able to ask any questions they had.

Some of the stations we had were: digital microscopes, bugs, leaf shading, ranger traps and motion camera footage and shells. The students from my school and some local community members enjoyed sharing there knowledge of the specimens and what they are called in their language (Anindilyakwa).

Something new I learnt today was from the shell display. The Geographer Cone Snail which has enough poison to kill a human if injected. The first recorded death was on the Great Barrier Reed in 1958.

After the students had some food we went for a short drive to an area called Naked Pools. I've lived here for 7 years and still can't tell you exactly why it is called that, all I know is that it is a beautiful inland freshwater pool. The aim was to get the students to collect some specimens of small lizards and butterflies. We handed them the swoop nets and they had a great time competing with each other to get the most specimens. They collected 4 dragon flies first, then moved on to net 3 different species of butterfly's. They were having a great time and were learning at the same time!

Overall it was a great experience for both community members and the scientists. I have even ordered 6 of the swoop nets so that we can add that to our Learning on Country lessons.