Bandicoots, Birds and Eco-restoration program at Balijup farm near Cranbrook 16-2- Jan 2020
This Green Skills camp involved four days of Bandicoot and fauna trapping and other environmental monitoring on Balijup, a special property forming part of the Gondwana Link conservation program.
14 participants worked with wildlife biologist Andy McCreery, Alisia Lampropoulos, & Basil Schur of Green Skills and others on a range of citizen science monitoring activities at and near Balijup farm including bandicoot re-trapping,bird surveying ( with Andrew Dickinson), woodland cockatoo hollow survey & Sanctuary fence maintenance. Thanks to Aunty Carol Petterson, Noongar elder, for participating and for the enthusiastic support of the Balijup owners, Alan Hordacre, Anne Vanderbyl and Richard Hordacre.
The 111ha Sanctuary was launched in May 2015 with Bandicoots ( Quenda), re introduced into the enclosure from whiich foxes and cats are excluded.A
This project was supported by the WA Government’s State NRM program and the Koorabup Trust. It also formed part of the Festival of Birds and Biodiversity 2020, supported by Lotterywest, Great Southern Development Commission, BirdLife WA and Green Skills
A Quenda ( Southern Brown Bandicoot) about to be released after capture, tagging and measuring.
100 cage traps were set out in the 111 ha fenced Sanctuary enclosure
Capturing and carefully handling the fauna caught
Group processing and measuring animals before release
University students getting experience handling native fauna
Releasing a Quenda
A Brush tailed Possum about to be released after capture
Brush tailed phascogale – first one caught and photographed at the Balijup Sanctuary. Very exciting !
Sarah and Andrew doing a standard bird survey
Anne Vandberbyl ( one of the Co owners of Balijup) brought out scones, cream and home made jam for the hungry team!
Participants on the Cockatoo nesting hollow survey of the wandoo and Jarrah trees
Setting up a wildlife detecting camera in the Sanctuary
Sanctuary Fence maintenance work
Eco-restoration visit to Green Skills and Greening Australian revegetation sites on the Sandiland farm near Kendenup
Visit to the Green Skills bird hideA fam at Lake Matilda, near Kendenup
Aunty Carol Pettersen, Noongar elder, sharing her knowledge, including about sandalwood nuts as valuable bushtucker food
Spotlighting excercise near Lake Nunijup during the event
Ecorestoration visit to the Martagallup Pony Club lake wetland restoration site and constructed islands.
Group enjoying watermelon brought up by Alan Hordacre and partner Kylie.
The group in the Sanctuary about to embark on a Cockatoo nesting hollow survey of the wandoo and Jarrah treas
Perth Ecojobs plants record-breaking number of seedlings in Yellagonga Regional Park, 30 minutes north of the CBD.
Reserve maintenance is always busy in Winter with planting jobs. But the one at Beenyup Swamp (Yellagonga Regional Park) saw a whopping 11,000 seedlings planted!
“It’s our biggest 1-day job to date, and we were all done by 1pm!” said Ecojobs Supervisor Ben Atkinson.
With Beenyup Swamp being the main source of nutrients entering Lake Joondalup, the newly planted sedges will strip nutrients and improve overall water quality.
This planting event is part of a 2 year DBCA (Dept of Biodiveristy Conservation and Attractions) project to rehabilitate the wetlands of Yellagonga – Lake Joondalup, Lake Goollelal, Beenyup Swamps and Walluburnup Swamp.
On Monday 21 January, Green Skills, in conjunction with the Shire of Katanning’s Art Gallery held a Gondwana Connections art exhibition opening and eco restoration event at which 34 people attended.This event forms part of the South Coast Festival of Birds & Biodiversity.
This exhibition opening included a Welcome to Country by a Katanning Noongar Elder, Gabrielle Hansen as well as presentations by Aunty Carol Pettersen, and Basil Schur of Green Skills. Gallery manager James Wood was MC for the event. A short film featuring Balijup and its eco-restoration and art programs was shown.
The exhibition looks stunning and well worth a visit ! It is up until mid March 2019
The principal artists represented in the exhibition include Joey Williams, Audrey and Errol Eades,The Women’s Group facilitated by Carol Pettersen, Lynne and Ken Tinley, Nikki Green, Janine McCrum, Robyn Lees, Helmie van Melle, Christine Harrison, Rosemary Turle, Jacqui Gale and Karlee Bertola. Nikki Green and Janine McCrum set up the exhibition. Key support has come from Poornarti Aboriginal Tours, Eugene Eades and the Eades family, Friends of Nowanup, the City of Albany’s Vancouver Art Centre, and Community Arts Network WA, the Denmark CRC.
This project has been supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State Natural Resource Management Program, supported by Royalties for Regions. In addition this event has been supported by the Shire of Katanning, Lotterywest, The Koorabup Trust, and Gondwana Link. This event also forms part of the 2019 South Coast Festival of Birds and Biodiversity. Thjis Festival is supported by Lotterywest, BirdLife Australia, Green Skills, UWA Albany and many other groups and individuals.
Katanning Gallery Manager James Wood setting up the Gondwana Connections Exhibition
Gondwana Connections Exhibition
Minang Elder Carol Pettersen speaking at the event
Green Skills’s Basil Schur presenting at the event