The first FOBIF family forest walk took place on Sunday 23 March. About half of the 28 people who came along were children.
Doug Ralph who was a member of Friends of Kalimna many years ago began the morning with an introduction to the history of the Park. He talked of the decimation of the area during the gold rush and the subsequent replanting. Unfortunately many non-indigenous species were chosen.
The walk then commenced at ‘children’s pace’ to Kalimna Point. Along the way insects, lichens and many other natural specimens were enthusiastically examined with magnifying glasses. Three experts in the natural sciences, Cassia Read, Warwick Smith and Andrew Kuhlmann, were there to help with identification.
At the Point, two microscopes were set up to further examine the collected items. As well a couple of live scorpions (in sealed plastic containers) were found.
On the return walk the group gathered at a large dry depression where Warwick explained how during heavy rainfall an endangered frog, the Growling Grass frog, had been spotted.
Thanks to Naomi Raftery for all her work to make this first children’s walk such a success. The next one will be held on 28 September at Kaweka Park. Contact Naomi on 0422 585 585 or have a look at this website later in the year to find out more.