The most recent visit of the junior land care adventurers group focused on the the first steps land care members take to decrease the number or possums on their land.
Our group began with a simple story of the owners going out on their deck to look at the stars, hearing noises, shining a torch into the bush and seeing many sets of red eyes
Possums leave droppings and the landowner needs to observe where these are found, another way of being aware that the furry pests are presently on their land.
This comment was illustrated by using black gelatine lollies……the fun element always kept to the fore.
As the whareora Mt Tiger landcare trust made available new red timms traps, the team focused on learning to bait these with apple and carrots, supported by Talia and Paul from the dpt of conservation.
Everything was kept very simple and the one step at a time learning mostly hands on.
Talia demonstrated using a tracking tunnel and provided information to the teacher for further referral. (Find out how to make your own tracking tunnel…)
Group members explored through the middle track, and three groups chose an area for ownership, marking their territory with a bright yellow sign and placing their names on it.
Top priority was given to safety, after the timms traps were baited the juniors turned them over and the practical setting of the traps was done by the landowner.
- Morning tea was wolfed down, everyone was interactive busy and happy.
- Fibre art was introduced to give the adventurers the opportunity to create insects which when dried will be used in the trapping area.
- Teacher, parent supporters and land care owners working in real harmony, enjoying this innovative and simplistic way of learning.
- The junior group were a delight , focused and appreciative.
After discussion we hope to develop more practical on site props and continue with the creation of a enviro education project for the very young.
Field plans and an analysis of this project will be made available to the Whareora Mt tiger landcare trust and when finalised available to schools and other landcare groups.
Thankyou Junior Adventurers from Whareora Mt Tiger landcare we are proud of you for showing qualities of leadership and enthusiasm.
Thank you Glenbervie school board for making this happen, and the opportunity to work with a skilled enthusiastic teacher Mrs Jacque Hayman.
Thank you Ngaire Tyson for believing in the project, always there with support you are a treasure.