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Muttonbirds by moonlight
Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
Join us at twilight for a fascinating exploration of Muttonbird Island and its nesting rookery for thousands of wedge-tailed shearwaters. This Stage 2 (Years 3-4) Geography excursion examines the features and characteristics of this unique place and environment.
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Students explore the ways people interact with this place and how this special place and its seasonal visitors are protected.
As the sun sets over Coffs Harbour, thousands of wedge-tailed shearwaters (muttonbirds) return to their nesting burrows on Muttonbird Island. Here, their hungry partners or chicks await.
Through direct observation of the birds and their environment, students will learn about the life and breeding cycles of these fascinating animals. Well discover why they travel such vast distances to breed and learn about the adaptations that support them in this.
Students will learn about the role of muttonbirds in the cultural and spiritual life of the Gumbaynggirr People, the traditional custodians of this place.
Students acquire and communicate geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry utilising maps and pictures and have the opportunity to observe and record data about birds and burrows.
Students will discuss the impacts of visitors both human and non-human to the island and how these impacts are managed. Together well examine concepts of place, space, interconnection and sustainability to develop a rich understanding of this coastal haven.
This excursion is designed to support the K-10 geography syllabus topic The Earth’s Environment.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 2 (Years 3-4)|
GE2-1. Examines features and characteristics of places and environments
GE2-2. Describes the ways people, places and environments interact
GE2-3. Examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments
- Only available between the months of August to April when the shearwaters are present on the island.
- Guided. Available on request.
- 1hr 30min
$290 per group (includes GST). Maximum 20 students per group. For groups over 20 conditions apply.
- Meeting point
- The outdoor learning centre located at the base of Muttonbird Island.
- If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
- School excursion inquiries - North Coast
- 02 6657 5935
- in Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve in the North Coast region
Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.