For over thirty years the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) Discovery Rangers have provided free, public education talks at Bruny Island Neck over the busy summer period. This is a critical nesting time for short-tailed shearwaters and little penguins and coincides with high visitation.
Through effective interpretation, Discovery Rangers create a better understanding of these amazing birds who call The Neck home, inspiring visitors, and locals to see how they can help protect these important seabirds.
Another vital role is to record data on bird numbers, arrival times, numbers of visitors, weather, and sea conditions. This data is used to record how the colony has changed over time and adapt any conservation programs or messaging as required.
During the upcoming Bruny Island Bird Festival, from 25 to 27 March, Discovery Ranger Kristin McCutcheon will be present at the Saturday Nature Market. Look out for the 'Home tweet home discovery table' as well as some 'Shorebird shenanigans' on both Saturday and Sunday at the Neck and Adventure Bay.
Ranger Kristin's participation in the festival will culminate with the final talk of the festival's Speaker Series, where Kristin will showcase how Discovery Rangers use interpretation to inspire conservation.
The talk will explore the importance and benefits of using effective interpretation, methods used, and what the data collected through the program on the short-tailed shearwaters and little penguin colony shows.
Kristin has been a Discovery Ranger with PWS for five years. Her passion is inspiring others to love and care for Tasmania's local wildlife through education. She has spent time as the summer Discovery Ranger on Bruny Island and training penguin volunteer guides for both the Burnie and Lillico penguin colonies.