- Tuesday 27 June 2017
Families looking to get outdoors and explore our amazing natural environment should look no further than the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Eco-Hunt.
The mission for eco-hunters is to explore the wetlands sanctuary and snap pictures of as many birds, butterflies, insects, crabs and other animals as you can using your mobile or tablet.
When you’re done snapping, simply download the QuestaGame app, submit your sightings and you'll receive expert feedback and points for your sightings based on their rarity.
Prizes including a $100 voucher for Whites IGA in Bli Bli and a $100 voucher from Rivershore Resort will go to the highest overall score and the eco-hunter who snaps the best find in the sanctuary.
Every eco-hunter who submits a sighting from the Maroochy Wetlands will go into the draw to win a family pass for Maroochy Nature Cruises.
Division 9 Councillor Steve Robinson said the eco-hunt was a fantastic example of a new use of mobile tech to explore the biodiversity of the wetlands, creating the ultimate game of i-spy for nature lovers.
“As we embrace mobile technology, and digital devices, we know that it can become a challenge for parents to balance ‘screen time’ with outdoor activities. This is a fantastic way to get the best of both worlds,” Cr Robinson said.
“It’s fantastic to see this inaugural competition being supported by so many local businesses in Bli Bli and Maroochydore, and I’m sure it will be a bit hit within the wider community these holidays.”
Environment Councillor Jenny McKay encouraged people of all ages to get involved in the eco-hunt.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of the wonderful weather we’ve been having, exploring our natural environment and learning more about the wildlife we have right here on our doorstep,” Cr McKay said.
The Maroochy Wetlands are at Sports Rd, Bli Bli, for more details, or to download the app and start snapping, visit https://questagame.com/maroochy-wetlands-sanctury-ecohunt