Creek crawl brings science to community
Posted on August 8th, 2014
In the tradition of the cartier replica great Aussie pub crawl, Fitzroy Partnership for River Health are calling on people of all ages to join them in a great Aussie Creek Crawl in Rockhampton on Saturday 23 August 2014 to celebrate National Science Week.
Fitzroy Partnership for River Health Executive Officer has extended an eco-challenge to local students, families and community members to visit a range of sites along Moores Creek around Rockhampton for the Creek Crawl.
“Unlike a pub crawl, attending our creek crawl will be better for your health, won’t hurt the hip pocket, will help the environment and is kid friendly,” Mr Johnston said.
“During the event participants will be involved in water sampling, tree planting, fish and water bug identification and other activities.
“Get on-board our science week eco-challenge bus for a family-friendly scientific discovery day.
“The Creek Crawl is an event organised for Reef Citizen Science Day which allows people of all ages to be engaged in collecting data which assists science, the community and the Reef.
“Participating in the Reef Citizen Science Day will provide an opportunity for the community to get involved in monitoring the health of our waterways, oceans and the reef.
“We invite the community to get their hands dirty in the interests of science – use sensors to sample water for indicators like temperature pH, turbidity and salinity, scoop water bugs for identification, search for fish with baited traps and help community groups plant trees at their project sites,” he said.
The creek crawl will explore Moores Creek from its headwaters at the foot of Mount Archer through to the mouth where it joins the Fitzroy River Estuary in the centre of town.
This event is supported by National Science Week, Great Barrier Reef Citizen Science Alliance an initiative of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Fitzroy Partnership for River Health and Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. through funding from the Australian Government.
Free bus pick-ups will be provided at Customs House, Quay Street at 8am and Stockland Centre bus stop on Musgrave Street at 8.15am, returning at 1.15pm to Stockland and 1.30pm to Customs House. Numbers are limited, so book a seat early to avoid disappointment. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.
If you’re interested in being involved but can’t attend the entire creek crawl, please register for a chosen destination on the creek crawl itinerary.
Attendees are asked to wear closed in shoes, sun safe clothing and bring gardening gloves. RSVP by Wednesday 20 August to Kelly at FBA on (07) 4999 2836. Visit fba.org.au/calendar/ for the full itinerary and booking details.