Junior rangers explore visitor impacts

The kids talked about how long it takes rubbish to break down

The rangers collected rubbish left by visitors

The junior rangers are following in Rose's footsteps

After greeting me with a cuddle, junior rangers from Jervis Bay school were as excited as I was to be out exploring again. This time we were investigating human impact on the natural environment at Green Patch.

Green Patch is Booderee’s most popular visitor destination - it has a long history of people visiting and (unfortunately!) feeding native animals. We saw lorikeets, rosellas, king parrots and currawongs pick through plastic bags left on tables, and swoop and fight over food. The kids wanted to engage with the birds but also knew they shouldn’t feed wild birds as they become dependent on humans. We talked about why visitors feed animals, and the children identified that visitors want to interact with native animals in a natural setting.

An unexpected highlight of the afternoon was when a junior ranger noticed cracked egg shell on the ground in front of a big tree. She said “Look Aunty, it’s diamond python egg shells”. It blew me away to see that our kids have such good understanding and knowledge of their country. Our future is in good hands!

Rose, World Parks Congress Youth Ambassador.

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