Happy Birthday Arid Recovery!

Developer 2 (MM) - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sunday 19th of August saw the Arid Recovery gates thrown open with young and old coming to help the Arid Recovery staff and volunteers celebrate 15 successful years of Arid Recovery.

Visitors were able to take part in a range of activities, including a 4x4 tour of the Reserve which was quite popular. Participants were able to see sections of the Reserve not accessed by the general public, with commentary about the history and unique flora, fauna and landscapes of the arid zone. “The 4x4 tours were a success, a lot of local Roxby families enjoy getting out and exploring their surrounding environment. Having knowledgeable people to answer questions and point out things that most people would often miss makes it great for the whole family,” said Education and Community Officer Hannah Spronk.

Local volunteers who have been around since the inception of Arid Recovery also came out to lend a hand for the day, taking guided nature trails, sharing their stories and experiences over the last 15 years. “Without our volunteers we would not have had such a successful Open Day celebration, or have such a successful Reserve. There has been thousands upon thousands of volunteer hours put in to Arid Recovery, be they feral control, fence building, educational presentations to school groups or assisting with trapping programs. We appreciate each and every person who has contributed to the project, we wouldn’t be where we are today without them!” said Hannah Spronk, Education and Community Officer.

A big hit on the day was Macca tracker, with children assisting in radio tracking Macca the giant bilby around the Reserve. After searching high and low in piles of wood and in each and every burrow, the children eventually found him hiding out at the field station. There they helped to sing happy birthday and blow out the candles on 15 years of Arid Recovery.

Hannah would like to say thank you to all who took part in the day. “A big thank you to all our volunteers that helped out on the day, we couldn’t have done it without you. We hope everyone who came out enjoyed the day, and learnt a little bit more about Arid Recovery. Here is to another 15 years of protecting the arid zone!”

 

For more photos from the day check out our Facebook page

www.facebook.com/AridRecovery

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