Celebrating the connection between people and wetlands

Geelong Field and Game's Trent Leen in the bird hide at Lake Connewarre. (Ivan Kemp) 387411_05

By Jena Carr

Get out and spot some birds as Field and Game Australia celebrates the relocation of its office at the Connewarre Wetland Centre.

The office will reopen on Sunday, February 11, featuring World Wetland Day activities from 9am to 2pm that explore the relationship between people and their wetlands.

Geelong Field and Game’s Trent Leen said the office had moved from Seymour to its new home at Connewarre and that the event would feature many activities.

“We’ve got the launch of our duck trail, and that’s basically an interactive walk for kids and adults and spot some different species of birds,” he said.

“We’ve also got the dog retrieving displays, so we’ve got our team of members down there with the labradors and other breeds and people can get an idea of the type of training we do.

“There is also the opportunity for kids to go and have a bit of a fish in the feature wetland and learn a bit about fishing.”

Mr Leen said people would be able to discover what creatures live in the local wetlands and gain a better understanding of why these habitats are important.

“They can discover what’s living in our water and the bugs and spiders that are living in the grass and trees,” he said.

“If people are more aware of what the wetlands can bring, how they work and what lives in them, they will be more inclined to look after them.

“It’s always a great day and there’s plenty to do during a cheap informative day out for young kids and adults alike, so we’d encourage everybody to come along and check it out.”