MOGENS JOHANSEN accompanies a guide through the Creery Wetlands
Zoologist Sarah Way has turned her passion for Australian wildlife and nature into an interesting new tourism venture. Her new company, Ways to Nature, aims to engage people with the Peel region’s biodiversity.
I meet Sarah at Mariner’s Cove for her Wetland Wander walk at the Creery Wetland Reserve in Mandurah and even before we pass through the gates to the reserve to begin the walk, she enthusiastically points out a common sandpiper bird foraging on the rocks by the water’s edge.
Sarah has more than 20 years of experience working with threatened species, conservation programs and recovery plans. She worked as an environmental consultant in Victoria before moving to the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, where she worked for that State’s environment department doing threatened species programs. She then moved to WA to work for Alcoa as a fauna project officer in its environment research department, mitigating impacts to the jarrah forest fauna.
Once inside the gates at Creery Wetlands Reserve, Sarah begins by acknowledging the traditional owners, who used the shallow productive waters of the estuary and nearby rivers as a reliable source of fish, crabs and prawns.
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Ways to Nature offer a variety of guided nature walks, for details head to waystonature.com.au