Perth Science Festival!

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on 11 Sep 2017 
Jo & Erica getting ready for the flood of people wanting to engage with conservation science<br/> Jo & Erica getting ready for the flood of people wanting to engage with conservation science
Stranger things - a Storm Trooper finds out about Bush Heritage and conservation science<br/> Stranger things - a Storm Trooper finds out about Bush Heritage and conservation science
A child exploring the sandpad<br/> A child exploring the sandpad
Erica talking to member of the public about stromatolites<br/> Erica talking to member of the public about stromatolites
Jo talking about career paths with a young man interested in getting involved in conservation (Photo Erica Suosaari)<br/> Jo talking about career paths with a young man interested in getting involved in conservation (Photo Erica Suosaari)
Jo showing a group of children how to identify different animals by their footprints (Photo Erica Suosaari)<br/> Jo showing a group of children how to identify different animals by their footprints (Photo Erica Suosaari)
Stranger things - a Tusken Raider checking out a stromatolite cross-section (Photo Erica Suosaari)<br/> Stranger things - a Tusken Raider checking out a stromatolite cross-section (Photo Erica Suosaari)
Jo folding a golden shouldered parrot with a young participant (Photo Erica Suosaari)<br/> Jo folding a golden shouldered parrot with a young participant (Photo Erica Suosaari)

This year Bush Heritage again held an interactive stall at the Perth Science Festival

The Perth Science Festival is a crazy, two-day event held in the heart of the city to celebrate science in all of its forms. The venue was changed at the last minute to the Perth Convention Centre (normally it's outside in the middle of the city). Despite this change over 17,500 people keen to engage with science came flooding through the doors.

Erica Suosaari (Research Fellow) and Jo Axford (Community Engagement) were at the stall for the two days talking to families, teenagers and children about how Bush Heritage uses science to manage landscapes effectively. We had a big crowd around us all the time. The stall had Stromatolite cross-sections, examples of different wildlife monitoring techniques, interpretative signage and Jo made about 650 oragami Golden-shouldered Parrots with children of all ages!

We had a great and thoroughhly exhausting weekend. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to engage all generations, but especially children and teenagers, in conservation science. 

Stranger things - a Storm Trooper finds out about Bush Heritage and conservation science<br/> Stranger things - a Storm Trooper finds out about Bush Heritage and conservation science
A child exploring the sandpad<br/> A child exploring the sandpad
Erica talking to member of the public about stromatolites<br/> Erica talking to member of the public about stromatolites
Jo talking about career paths with a young man interested in getting involved in conservation (Photo Erica Suosaari)<br/> Jo talking about career paths with a young man interested in getting involved in conservation (Photo Erica Suosaari)
Jo showing a group of children how to identify different animals by their footprints (Photo Erica Suosaari)<br/> Jo showing a group of children how to identify different animals by their footprints (Photo Erica Suosaari)
Stranger things - a Tusken Raider checking out a stromatolite cross-section (Photo Erica Suosaari)<br/> Stranger things - a Tusken Raider checking out a stromatolite cross-section (Photo Erica Suosaari)
Jo folding a golden shouldered parrot with a young participant (Photo Erica Suosaari)<br/> Jo folding a golden shouldered parrot with a young participant (Photo Erica Suosaari)