During the Summer School Holidays, Hunter Region Landcare Network held 2 Kids Storytime and Art Workshops to coincide with our Shorebird Exhibition at Tomaree Library. This exhibition, supported by stunning Shorebird Photographs provided by the Hunter Bird Observers Club (HBOC), is a component of our Shorebirds Community Engagement Program – aiming to insite behavioural change in coast-goers to coexist with our endangered Shorebirds.
This is done by providing education and spreading awareness in the general community.
The workshops had a great turn out! We had a dramatic reading of ‘A Shorebird Flying Adventure’ by Jackie Kerin and illustrated by Milly Formby, AKA the real life Microlight Milly, then kids painted their own wooden shorebirds to take home and photograph in their habitat.
(You can follow Microlight Milly’s Flight around Oz at https://wingthreads.com/)
Engaging with children and their parents through fun activities like storytelling and hands-on art are a wonderful way to increase awareness and the impact of our conservation messages.
It was especially touching to see kids leave the session and immediately borrow Bird ID Field Guides from the library to take home.