Have you ever wondered about the Aboriginal history of the Dungog area?
An Aboriginal archaeologist will take people on a tour of Dungog Common on May 20 in one of two special events expected to attract a lot of interest from residents.
The morning event is a mini BioBlitz – a citizen science event where naturalists work with the community to survey their local area.
The aim is to discover which species are found in a particular area, while learning techniques involved in biological surveys from an expert.
Teams of up to 10 participants will focus on locating the “Dungog Dozen”, 12 species known to occur at the Common.
Each team will be led by an ecologist who will provide advice to participants on species identification and survey techniques.
Ros Runciman, Secretary of the Dungog Common Recreation Reserve Trust said The Dungog Dozen BioBlitz is a collaborative event organised by the Dungog Common Recreation Reserve Trust, Dungog Common Landcare group, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub and the NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage.
“The BioBlitz is a terrific opportunity to explore an exceptional natural resource on Dungog's doorstep under the guidance of a biologist and in the company of like-minded curious amateur naturalists,” she said.
Visit https://ddbioblitz.eventbrite.com.au/ to register and spend a morning exploring the biodiversity and natural beauty of the Dungog Common.
The afternoon event, The Aboriginal History Afternoon, is also a collaborative event, organised by the Dungog Common Recreation Reserve Trust, Dungog Common Landcare group, and the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub.
It will be led by highly regarded Aboriginal archaeologist Len Roberts from the Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council .
“It's a great opportunity to explore a significant area on Dungog's doorstep that was used by the Gringai people, under the guidance of an expert,” said Mrs Runciman.
“Len will share his knowledge of Aboriginal history, guide us on a walk around the common and show us some interesting artefacts.
“After the walk there will be a Q&A accompanied by afternoon tea.”
Go to https://dcaboriginalarvo.eventbrite.com.au/ to register and learn about the Dungog Common and its original inhabitants.
More information on both events is available by phoning 4992 2235.
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