PHCC are again gearing up for our annual Wetlands Weekender festival to be held during school holidays in the second weekend in October (Friday 8th to Sunday 10th). We are putting together an exciting program with something for curious minds of all ages to enjoy and explore our wonderful wetlands. The timing of the festival coincides with World Migratory Bird Day celebrating the time when migratory shorebirds who have been breeding in the northern hemisphere return to our wetlands to stay and feed throughout our summer.
This year’s program will feature a special ‘Journey through our Flyway’ Dinner on Friday 8th October with international guest speakers and a dinner inspired by the journey of the birds through the East Asian Australasian Flyway from places as far away as Alaska. On Saturday, we will have wetlands tours on offer with local tourism providers, and in the evening a Science Café event ‘Creatures of the Deep’ presented by Peel Bright Minds. Here, researchers from Murdoch University will introduce us to some weird and wonderful critters that look like they come from another planet but actually inhabit our estuary.
To conclude the Wetlands Weekender in style we will have the Wonders of Our Wetlands foreshore festival at Coodanup Foreshore on the morning of Sunday 10th October. The foreshore festival promises something for everyone with kids’ activities, artisan markets, the Dog’s Breakfast event with BirdLife WA and City of Mandurah Rangers, the annual ‘Pave the Way’ community Clean Up along with Coastal Waste Warriors, as well as live music and food trucks.
Last year, more than 700 community members attended the festival events joining the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the listing of the Peel-Yalgorup Wetlands as an international wetland of importance under the Ramsar Convention (Ramsar site 482). We hope that this year’s Wetlands Weekender, in which we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention itself is even bigger and better.
Wetlands Weekender Festival is delivered by the PHCC through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program