Join Hugh Possingham, the Nature Festival's Bird Lover in Residence,
as he explores the birds that call the south east of South Australia home.
People are bird watching more than ever before and it's not hard to see why. Birds are beautiful, fascinating and found even in the very heart of our towns and cities including our own backyards. For many people, birds are an important part of the nature of their home.
Penola Conservation Park is home to a variety of wildlife including spectacular orchids in spring. The park's swamps (when full) provide a breeding area for numerous waterbirds such as herons, ibis and swamphens and the park is often visited by flocks of yellow-tailed black-cockatoos, making it a great site for bird watching.
This bird watch and walk is suitable for beginners and bird enthusiasts alike.
While we will be following paths, be prepared to walk on some
patches of uneven ground and around tripping hazards. Please wear
weather appropriate clothing including a hat, suitable walking shoes and
bring a water bottle. Binoculars are encouraged but not essential.
This event is suitable for children 10+.
Meet at Rifle Range Rd, 1km north of its intersection with Clay Wells Road, at the north-west corner of Penola Conservation Park, ready for a 5 pm start.
About Hugh, our Bird Lover in Residence
Professor Hugh Possingham has held many significant roles for
academic and research institutions, conservation organisations, advisory
boards and government; he most recently held the position of Queensland
Chief Scientist. He is a professor of mathematics and zoology and has
won awards in both fields. Hugh is a member of the Australian Wentworth
Group of Concerned Scientists and has published over 650 peer-reviewed
he really loves to do though, is watch and talk about birds, which he
does at every opportunity. He was raised in Adelaide and is a frequent
visitor. We are thrilled that he has joined the Nature Festival in
2023 to share his passion and knowledge for our local feathered friends.
Image credit: Big 4 Naracoorte Caravan Park