Newbery Park Primary School Visit

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

On Thursday 21st September, Angela Jones came to the lake with a Junior Primary class, their teacher and several parents from Newbery Park Primary School. Their first task was to weed their Lomandra bed, then to spread compost and mulch. As the compost hadn't arrived, they moved around the lake visiting their favourite places.With their 6 mini wheelbarrows, it was decided they could spread the mulch that was waiting at the Child Care bed. A lot of fun resulted as the mulch was zipped around, with most landing where it was meant to be! That heap disappeared just before two more loads of mulch were delivered for their Lomandra bed. By then though, the energy levels were dropping, but an excellent effort was made by everyone. 

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Great Crested Grebe

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

As with all grebes, the Great Crested Grebe is a specialised waterbird, spending the majority of its time on the water. They rarely walk on the ground, but when they do, it is in a very clumsy way. There has been a pair of Great Crested Grebes breed at Lake McIntyre regularly for the past several years. They arrive in spring and make their nest in the Ribbon Grass (Triglochin) in the middle of the lake. The chicks can swim almost immediately but prefer to catch a ride on the backs of their parents.After raising the chicks together the parents then fly off leaving the juveniles to follow later when they have learnt to fly. 

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Native Orchids in Flower

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

Spring is a great time to see local native orchids in flower. Our Native Forest Reserves, Conservation and National Parks are the ideal spots to walk through keeping a sharp eye out for the small and delicate orchids that flower at this time. Lake McIntyre has it's own small patch of native orchids - Caladenia latifolia, or more commonly known as Pink Fairy Orchids. The orchids have only been noticed relatively recently, although the dedicated volunteers have been keeping an eye out for them this season to ensure they are protected from being trodden on. Please take care when looking at the orchids as they are small and can be easily trodden on. 

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More School Visits

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

On Thursday 14th September at 12 noon, 10 students from Tantanoola Primary School arrived with their teacher to plant some grasses at the lake. The grasses were native Lomandra, Lime Tuff and Blue Ridge, mostly donated by the school. Another 24 children, from Millicent North Kindergarten, arrived with 2 teachers and a parent for lunch. After lunch, groups were formed from both schools with the older students acting as wonderful guides and carers for the younger children. The children had a good look around the area, with the look-outs, Down's Island, and the boardwalk and bridge proving to be very popular attractions. The nesting swans was another popular  attraction. The weather remained kind once again and a great time was had by all. 

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