We’re going on a bird huntVice

We’re going on a bird huntVice

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Participants Mathew Stratton and Cooper Jewell learn about bird fl ight. Photograph — Aaron Van Rongen.

Children went on a hunt on October 11 around the Canning River to explore the knowledge of patterns in a bid to investigate why symmetry is important for bird flight.

The Cockatoo KIDS Club hosted the event for children aged six to 15 years to have fun outdoors and explore the natural environment.

Members of the club learnt about why cockatoos and other native wildlife are special and how they can help care for the environment.

Children had an opportunity to engineer paper planes modelled on the wings from the Canning River birds and built Lego using patterns found at the river.

This included observing birds in flight and discussing how flight works.

City of Canning mayor Paul Ng said some of the topics covered on the day helped children understand the importance of native life surrounding the river.

“The Canning River and surrounding areas provide a wide range of habitats for many species of birds including migratory birds,” he said.

“Learning about birds helps children appreciate why it is important to look after the areas where birds live and feed.

“It also helps children understand why different birds have evolved different forms of flight with specialisations in their wings for specific environments, prey and predators.”