Discover the Life of Birds over the school holidays
  • Tuesday 19 September 2017
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Young people on the Sunshine Coast will have an opportunity to explore acoustic ecology through new technologies, emerging sciences and creativity these holidays with Sunshine Coast Council’s Discover the Life of Birds program.

Guided by Dr Leah Barclay, participants will explore the soundscapes of the rainforest and learn how to monitor environmental changes through bird song.

The Sonic Explorers will create a soundscape and compare the sounds of Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve with the Amazon rainforest in Brazil and the Cyberforest Project in Japan.

Community and Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the program was just one of many workshops designed to keep kids of all ages entertained for hours with creative, cultural and educational workshops on daily throughout the spring break.

“This program includes a wide range of both indoor and outdoor activities guaranteed to keep the holiday boredom at bay,” Cr McKay said.

“We’ve worked tirelessly to put together a program which is both educational and exciting for kids of all ages.”

Week one activities will be held at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens until September 22. 

Workshops will include clay bird making, creating your own mosaic bird, exploring bird habitats and learning about a day in the life of a Glossy Black Cockatoo through dress up. 

Week two activities will take place at the Rainforest Discovery Centre at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve from September 25-28.

Kids will have the opportunity to explore the soundscapes of the Mary Cairncross Reserve, paint the Noisy pitta in watercolour, get up close and personal with an owl and learn weaving techniques to create a fluffy birds’ nest and decorate wooden eggs.

“I encourage everyone to book early as spaces for these workshops fill up fast,” Cr McKay said. 

Also featuring at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens until September 23 is the free art exhibition The Thin Green Line by environmental artist Jono Bateman.

“There is such a great variety of activities on offer these school holidays and the best part is they are fun, local and budget-friendly,” Cr McKay said.

To book visit sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au and click on “Experience Sunshine Coast” – “Events” and follow the link to the What’s On calendar or visit sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au for more information.