Ever wondered what happened to those cute Green and Golden Bell frogs that forced Olympic organisers to shift the site of the venue for tennis at the 2000 Olympic Games?
Sydney Olympic Park remains home to one of New South Wales largest population of Green and Golden Bell Frogs,an endangered species under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 who has vanished from 90% of its’ original range.
Conservation of the frog species throughout this rapid site redevelopment became a key planning parameter that shaped how the Park looks and is managed today.
This management plan, developed jointly by Sydney Olympic Park and herpetologists from the Australian Museum, focused on preserving a suitable environment for the species.
“The objectives of the Frog Management Plan are to promote the long-term viability of the Green and Golden Bell Frog population, and to provide guidance to staff and contractors managing or working at the Park. It focuses on maintaining a habitat suitable for the Green and Golden Bell Frog in a dynamic parkland setting,” Sydney Olympic Park Ecosystems Manager Kerry Darcovich said.
This effort to re-establish the Green and Golden Bell Frog species is arguably one of the largest habitat construction projects ever undertaken for an endangered amphibian.
Breeding populations are now well established across the precinct. The primary habitats include the Brickpit, Kronos Hill, Wentworth Common and Narawang Wetland; the species are also regularly recorded in wetlands and grasslands in other parts of the Park.
A new educational component has recently been added to the field studies program, providing Sydney school students with a unique opportunity to learn more about frog habitats through an interactive computer software program provided by the Australian Learning Federation.
Sydney Olympic Park’s Director of Education Development Brian Bagshaw says the educational initiative is the first of its kind on offer in Sydney, and is designed to encourage blended learning.
“Students take part in online and offline field activities with a scientific focus. They learn about important aspects of maintaining a frog pond habitat in the computer lab and in the field,” Mr Bagshaw said.
The interactive excursions have already attracted more than 1,000 additional students to Sydney Olympic Park.
For more information visit www.sydneyoympicpark.com.au
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