The first reaction of landholders to the idea of environmental watering on their properties is usually cautious reservation. However, once water starts flowing onto their land, they are won over extraordinarily quickly by the sound of frogs and the sight of waterbirds flocking onto pools of water.
This presentation in April 2016 at the Natural Resources Science conference at the University of Adelaide outlines the challenges faced by an environmental charity working with private landholders to return water to the environment in the South Australian Murray Valley. It includes a video sent by an excited landholder, with frogs calling as water flows into his family’s wetland. The video got played twice, as the audience wanted to hear the frogs again!
The podcast of the presentation can be heard at http://nrmscience.org/2016-presentations/ Go to Session 8, and find ‘Sharing Learnings on Environmental Watering – the ‘frog effect’ on the second page, top left. Listen to the magic of the frogs calling as the water flows into a floodplain lagoon, bringing life to a stressed wetland.