In term 2, our River Rangers conducted two environment assessments in a rural wetlands area and an urban wetlands area. Our first assessment was at Bells Rapids where the River Rangers coordinator, Linley Brown generously donated her time to show us the techniques of conducting a comprehensive survey of an area. After water testing and sampling and a bird watch walk, we found that the areas is not over populated with a diverse range of species a there was a small range of high tolerant invertebrates. The water quality was ok with a high salt content, which should be lower in the area we were at. After discussing results, we decided reasons could be farming, tree excavation and time of the year. We will return next year to make some comparisons.
The Perth Cultural centre was our second assessment. The day was organised by the River Rangers Cadet program and was opened by Josh Byrne. Activities were run throughout the morning. Our water testing found that the water was excellent quality with a slight salt content. We released some frogs in to the wetlands as well as some macro invertebrates. Students also learnt about the range of frog species found in the Perth region as well. It was a great day and the new experiences gained by students were used back in the classroom.
Some students created projects about the cultural centre and some presented in poster form a comparison between the two wetlands that they assessed.
Click on the links below to see some of the projects our students have done.