Glenelg Spiny Crayfish open day: join us for snorkelling at Ewens Ponds!

This summer we will be hosting a public event at Ewens Ponds, near Port MacDonnell SA, for anyone wanting to learn more about Glenelg Spiny Crayfish and the uniqueness of Karst Rising Spring wetlands. We will talk more about our current project, which is using mark and recapture techniques to estimate population numbers of this nationally endangered species in the South East. You may even get to see a Pricklyback (as the species is also known) up close! 

Come along on Sunday 22nd January between 10:30 am and 3 pm to hear all about it. You will also hear from Conservation Ecologist Claire Harding from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Environment and Water, along with other special guests. A BBQ lunch and refreshments will be provided.

We will be offering snorkelling sessions throughout the day, which will be led by the team at Dive Experience. Numbers are limited and you will need to pre-register online here. This will be a great opportunity to see the ponds for yourself, and also contribute to our research by recording any crayfish you see. If you miss out on tickets, you will. be placed on a waitlist through Eventbrite.

Finally, we will be providing a sampling demonstration where you will see how we carry out research on Glenelg Spiny Crayfish and the type of data we collect. Note: there is no need to register to attend the event – only if you wish to snorkel.

We hope to see you at Ewens Ponds in the New Year!

This project is supported by the Limestone Coast Landscape Board’s Grassroots Grants program, and is funded by regional landscape and water levies.

Lauren Brown