Environs Kimberley’s latest event, Between the Tides: Discovering the Intertidal Marine Life of Broome, peaked the interests of the local community with WA Museum scientists, Traditional Owners and local artists turning out to participate in the four day series of events. The events which ran from February 21 to 25 included a slate of public presentations, an art and photography exhibition and a number of early morning field trips to Broome’s famous mangroves, reefs and mudflats. The events were originally planned as a meeting for experts from around WA to produce a book identifying Broome’s unique sea creatures. But with the out-pour of community interest, Environs Kimberley’s Seagrass monitoring guru Victoria de Bruyn said the non-for-profit had to open the program up to allow the Broome community to be involved. “What was initially planned as a coming together of experts to create a book identifying the fascinating intertidal creatures of the area has become so much more, with an enthusiastic display of community interest in the precious coast and waterways of Broome,” she said. “There’s a sense of community ownership of the mangroves, mud flats, seagrass meadows, and intertidal reefs around Broome.” Ms de Bruyn said the event came out of Environs Kimberley’s Roebuck Bay seagrass monitoring project which the organisation has run for nearly two decades. “The citizen science project monitoring the seagrass of Roebuck Bay, coordinated by Environs Kimberley, has been running for 17 years, with the help of generous volunteers from the Broome community which has inspired this interest,” she said. Thanking the community for their support, Ms de Bruyn said it was a great way for the Broome residents and visitors to become familiar with Roebuck Bay and its unique ecosystem. The art exhibition featured colourful photographs of sea creatures taking by community members around Roebuck Bay and amazing water colour paintings by Tom Montgomery and Cora Lou.