Wild wetland wonderland
As I peered across a mountain wetland, the ground beneath my feet erupted. The majestic call of a mountain frog echoed, reverberating deep from within a sphagnum alpine bog. The year was 1990.It was summer. It was Corroboree Frog breeding season.
High in the Brindabellas, this wetland nestles beneath Mt Gingera. As a wetland of true international significance, it is listed under Ramsar, an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. It is special, unique. A mountain wetland unparalleled given its ecological diversity.
Closer to the heart of the bush capital there lies another charming oasis. As the Molonglo River gently meanders into Lake Burley Griffin a stunning wetland is nurtured. A nature reserve that captivates your imagination, sparks your curiosity, whets your appetite to learn more.
Jerrabomberra Wetlands plays an important role in our ecosystem, offering a vast array of extraordinary habitats, each supporting a rich assortment of local and international wildlife. The area is a refuge for migrating birds from the northern hemisphere and inland Australia. Up to 200 bird species have been spotted in the wetlands including the jet-setting Latham’s Snipe, a migratory bird of international significance. Even the elusive Platypus calls Jerrabomberra Wetlands home as it quietly goes about its business.
To celebrate World Wetlands Day, an international day showcasing the vital role these ecosystems play in the natural rhythm of life, you are cordially invited to the shores of the Jerrabomberra Wetlands for a twilight festival this Saturday.
An actioned packed, fun filled community event has been planned with festivities kicking off at 4pm. Entry is by gold coin donation from the Jerrabomberra Wetlands office at 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick.
Exciting guided walks will be on offer, providing fascinating insights into this aquatic wonderland as well as celebrating a rich Indigenous cultural history and intriguing European connections to this ancient landscape.
For those who want to simply sit back and relax in a serene atmosphere, this is an opportunity to experience the magic of a fascinating riparian environment. With children’s activities, reptile displays, art exhibitions, live music, food stalls and local beer, what more could you possibly look for?
However you choose to spend a tranquil summer’s evening, this perfect community event will be a great way to immerse, connect and experience a quintessential aspect of life here in our beautiful bush capital.
For more information visit jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au
What: World Wetlands Open Day
When: 4pm – 8pm, Saturday 2 February 2019
Where: Jerrabomberra Wetlands, 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick
Brett McNamara is with ACT Parks Conservation Service.
Article also appeared on 29 January 2019 in The Chronicle