Participants in this slideshow highlight many of the activities that communities engage in. It is the energy of people that make a community.
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Skin, Grant (Goolwa)
Tanned seal skin
Weaving products, Grant (Goolwa)
Cultural training, Grant (Goolwa)
Kids having lunch
Master weavers creating their craft, Grant (Goolwa)
Picture of Aunty Ellen
Basket weaving, Grant (Goolwa)
Bird monitoring, Tim (Goolwa)
Ornithologists monitor the bird numbers in the Coorong
Ornithologists monitor the bird numbers in the Coorong and Lakes on a fortnightly basis between October and May, when the migratory waders are resident in the area. The survey results give us a better idea of how many birds there are, what species are present and which parts of the Ramsar site they find most valuable, for roosting and foraging.
The Coorong and lakes Alexandrina and Albert are a wetland of international importance, also known as a Ramsar site. They are also one of the six significant ecological assets of the Murray Darling Basin. The site is valuable internationally because it provides a home to tens of thousands of migratory waders who fly from Siberia to Australia each spring, to feed and fatten up before returning to Siberia in the northern summer to breed. The major issue for the Ramsar site is the lack of flows down the River Murray, which is depriving the Coorong of much needed fresh water, mud and other detritus. It is also causing severe constriction of the Murray Mouth, which is only prevented from closing by a non-stop sand dredging program. In the long term the Coorong and Lakes Ramsar site needs environmental flows to keep the Murray Mouth open naturally and to improve the health of the Coorong.