How lucky are we in Brisbane to have such lovely weather and opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors? I especially love water sports. You too can try the many free family water-based activities on offer including wind surfing, dragon boating, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, lifesaving and more at Embrace the Bay. There will also be fun land-based activities including face painting, stories, arts and crafts for the kids. Enjoy environmental stalls on the land too.
Breakfast and lunch are taken care of with a fundraiser BBQ as you are sure to work up an appetite with all the activities you can try. Embrace the Bay, with local Redland clubs and organisations (e.g. Queensland Canoeing), will incorporate free paddle and water safety clinics too. Children and family activities include yoga and nature-based water play. You and the kids can visit environmental information stalls such as Reef Check Australia, Dolphin Research Australia, Ocean Life Marine Education and touch pools.
When: Saturday 2 December 2017 Time: 8am to 12noon Where: Raby Bay Foreshore, Masthead Drive
This turtle is happy to 'Embrace the Bay' at Raby Bay (image by May Cross)
What is Reef Check? Reef Check Australia empowers people to save our reefs and oceans. They are an innovative environmental charity dedicated to building community capacity to understand, appreciate and protect oceans. They connect people with reef science by providing an unbiased source of accessible, meaningful and accurate information about reef health. They foster best-practice reef citizen science programs by providing volunteers with the training, resources and networks to collect and share globally-standardised reef health data for science and management. They also create opportunities for people and communities to identify how they can help tackle reef health issues with local on-ground action through knowledge, tools, resources and support. And they will be at Embrace the Bay to talk about their important work and hopefully inspire you and your family.
Reef Check will have a stall at the event (image from website)
What is Dolphin Research Australia?
Dolphin Research is a marine conservation, education and research not-for-profit organisation. Their work is dedicated to improving the understanding of dolphin ecology, status and health and promoting awareness, change and action to help protect and conserve them and their habitats.It is often thought that dolphins are always happy as they appear to have an impenetrable smile on their face. However, all is not well in the dolphin world. They are in fact some of the most vulnerable marine species in the world. Dolphins and their environment are under threat from many human sources.
The Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Project (now in its 3rd year) aims to assess the abundance, trends, habitat use, social systems, communication and health status of Australian humpback dolphins in Moreton Bay. They are also keeping track of the bottlenose dolphins that reside throughout the Bay and are focusing on the interactions between the dolphins and human activities. Come along to Embrace The Bay to learn more about Dolphin Research Australia, the Moreton Bay Project and their other projects
Morton Bay Ecology Workshop Poster (Dolphin Research website)
Register your interest for the clinics and activities either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 3824 8611