On the 10th of July, the YATZ group were reunited at Adelaide Zoo for the first workshop after quarantine.
Todays workshop’s theme was Rainforests and their birds.
We started by being sorted into groups, by being given different animal sounds and then having to find matching sounds in the group – I was in the Toucan group. Our first task as a group was to find our individually assigned bird, I had the Superb Lyrebird. I found my species within the zoo and took down notes about its colouring, behaviour and morphology.
At twelve we all came back together to have lunch at the education center, taking about our time in lock down. Following lunch, we listened to a presentation by Parris about the rainforest structure, their importance and threats. She utilised our hero, David Attenborough, by playing one of his documentary about rainforests – more specifically the birds of paradise and different types of relationships between different organisms in the rainforests.
I then came back to my Toucan group to create our food webs and develop a presentations to show the rest of the YATZ. We were having trouble figuring out where to place the cassowary as they are a unique bird, that ate lots of different things.The three different groups presented to each other in different ways, with my group deciding to act along what was going on making for an entertaining presentation. After we all presented the mentors wrapped up the workshop and we all headed home.
This workshop was a great way to break back into doing YATZ at the zoo again, getting to know each other more and learning more about rainforests and their birds.
Samantha, YATZ Member