Get your wetland on with this fab new colouring competition!

An underwater view of one of the very special Dynamic Lagoons that occur in the highlands of northern New South Wales.

Another art commission that I’m currently working on is a colouring book about Dynamic Lagoons. These are very special wetlands (and another threatened ecological community) that occur in the upland areas of northern New South Wales. This colouring book has been commissioned by the Dynamic Lagoons team, from the University of New England, Armidale, NSW, with funding from the NSW Government’s Saving Our Species Program.

The colouring book should be finished in the next few months, and you’ll be able to download the free ebook, or even snare yourself a print copy if you live close to where they occur.

In the meantime, the Dynamic Lagoons folks have launched a colouring competition for kids up to 12 years old, using one of my favourite illustrations from the colouring book (see above). The picture shows an underwater view of a spoonbill feeding, and some of the critters its beak is disturbing include a turtle, crayfish, and various waterbugs. Close-up views also show a (usually very tiny) tardigrade and a bladderwort eating a mosquito larva. Meanwhile, a pair of breeding frogs, a family of jacanas and a great crested grebe float serenely on.

Entries for the colouring competition close on Thursday 24th February 2022, and you can download the entry form here.

So get your wetland on and get colouring this wonderful Dynamic Lagoon! (Teenagers and adults – you can still colour-in and have fun, but you’ll need to award yourselves your own prize when you’re done 🙂 ).

Another view of a Dynamic Lagoon, including Cunningham’s Skink.