Skulls, shark eggs and sea creatures are some of the treasures you will uncover when you visit the Pop Up Marine Discovery Display at the Streaky Bay Visitor Information Centre this summer.
Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula (NREP) spokesperson Libby Hunt said she was excited to showcase the local area’s marine and coastal wildlife.
She said the display engaged participants in a hands-on experience involving the habitat and life cycles of local coastal wildlife.
“These include the endangered Australian Sea Lion, the Osprey and the White-bellied Sea Eagle,” she said.
“It also demonstrates the role of marine parks and what can be done on a local scale to increase species’ chances of survival.”
Natural Resources EP Marine Parks Regional Coordinator Dr Shelley Paull said the display was a great opportunity for participants to gain a deeper understanding of unique marine species and their habitats.
“The marine display is highly engaging and allows visitors to touch the bones and skulls of marine animals and to handle a variety of shells,” she said.
“A microscope and eye clops enables participants to develop scientific skills and have a close-up encounter with sand, coral and salt loving plants.”
The Streaky Bay District Council community and economic development officer Jess Davis said she was pleased to see the visitor centre partnering with NREP.
She said the display would provide the local community and visitors to the region the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the marine environment and coastal ecosystems.
“The display is a unique tool for local educators to take learning out of the classroom,” she said.
“It also presents students with a sensory learning experience involving the use of magnifying glasses, sand fossicking and plant and animal identification guides.”
The pop-up centre is free and a collaboration between NREP and the Streaky Bay Visitor Information Centre.
The display will be available to view Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm at the conference room of the visitor information centre from Monday, December 3, 2018 until Friday, February 1, 2019.
For more information about the Marine Discovery Centre call Jess Davis on 8626 7033 or Libby Hunt on 8626 1108.