Fancy a picturesque stroll through wetlands or along the waterfront while raising money to help protect our marine environment? Then Walk For Our Bays is for you.
Organised by the Dolphin Research Institute, Walk For Our Bays is on Sunday, October 21, with 9.30am and 10am starts at the Western Port Marina complex. You can choose between a guided walk through the Warringine Wetlands or a dog-friendly stroll around the picturesque waterfront of Hastings. There will also be hot drinks, a sausage sizzle and community stalls open from 8.30am at the Marina Bar & Bistro, and free family entertainment including the Totally Wilde Magic Show, Faery Emma’s face-painting and boat rides with Western Port Coast Guard.
Free marine education programs will be running throughout the event, so come and learn about the treasures that live in our backyard. Did you know that Victoria has the largest whales (blue), the largest dolphins (killer whales), fast-growing kelps (a metre a day), the smallest sea star, swarming spider crabs and oceanic dolphins coming to live permanently inside our bays?
Money raised by Walk For Our Bays will support the institute’s new ‘i sea, i care’ COMMUNITITES program that does not receive government funding. Your support will help to build a community that cares enough about our bays to change how we live around our coast.
The institute is a community not-for-profit organisation that has been providing marine research, education and leadership for more than 27 years and acknowledges key event sponsors Mornington Peninsula Shire, Westernport Marina, Marina Restaurant & Lounge Bar, Westernport Holden, Peninsula Honda, Poyser Constructions and Mornington Peninsula Magazine. Go to dolphinresearch.org.au or phone 5979 7100 for event details and registration.