Festival celebrates shorebirds, dolphins for Park of the Month

News release
01 November 2018

A month-long festival to enjoy and discover more about the amazing wildlife on Adelaide's northern coast kicks off this Saturday 3 November.

With events running right through November, the Adelaide Shorebird and Dolphin Festival will be a celebration of Park of the Month for both the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary.

Ranger in Charge Janine Kraehenbuehl said the sanctuaries, which are located within a 60 km stretch of coast from St Kilda to Port Parham, are home to a resident pod of breeding bottlenose dolphins and over 20,000 shorebirds which migrate here each year in spring all the way from the Arctic.

"The festival events have been specially chosen so everyone can enjoy these unique areas in new and different ways," Ms Kraehenbuehl said.

Visitors can discover the delights of the two sanctuaries at over 20 events, many of them free, starting with a nature cruise aboard the Dolphin Explorer on 3 November.

Other events include ranger-guided walks at St Kilda and Thompson Beach, behind the scenes tours of Torrens Island, kayaking expeditions through Barker Inlet and around Bird Island, and Kaurna cultural experiences.

There's also a rare opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the SA Museum's facility at Bolivar, where dolphin and whale skeletons are carefully preserved for the collection.

During the festival and for the first time, a Dolphin Census Day will be held on 17 November along the Port River. Led by local rangers, anyone can sign up to participate in this citizen science event to count our dolphins and help understand more about how the population is tracking.

Full program and bookings can be found here.

The Adelaide Shorebird and Dolphin Festival is presented by the Department for Environment and Water with support from the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board.

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