BC: Caitlin Murphy & Jane Gardner
FC: In the Dry(andra) Bush | [Dryandra, WA 14.2.2014 - 15.2.14]
2: After a long bus ride from the airport, and a short stop at Hungry Jack's to grab an early dinner, we finally arrived at dusk at our first destination, the Dryandra Woodland.
3: ROAD TRIP | PERTH >> DRYANDRA
4: . | Located in the heart of Dryandra Woodland, Barna Mia is home to 24 mammal species and over 100 bird species. It has been constructed to provide visitors the opportunity to view, at close range, a number of endangered marsupials. | FIRST STOP: BARNA MIA ANIMAL SANCTUARY
6: NIGHT SAFARI | [Dryandra, WA - 14.2.2014] | After a short presentation about the nocturnal animals living in the sanctuary, we took a night walk through Barna Mia to see if we could find any. | A mala with Ty-gnome | A bilby
7: Ty-gnome, with a hungry woylie | Plates of food enticed the hungry creatures, and we used red lamps instead of white so as not to hurt their eyes.
8: Fauna in Focus: the Numbat | Type: Marsupial Diet: Termites Size: 14-18 inches
9: Status: Endangered This emblem of Western Australia has very few habitats left, but Barna Mia is one of them. Features: The stripes along the Numbat's back allow it to blend into the dry bush. It uses its long tongue to access termites straight from their tunnels in the soil. Unlike most marsupials, the Numbat is diurnal; it sleeps at night and is active during the day.
10: SECOND STOP: WANDOO WALK | [Dryandra, WA - 15.2.2014]
11: Walking the Ochre Trail | the Dryandra plant
12: The Wandoo flower, in full bloom (left) and without petals (right). | The Wandoo seeds need to be heat shocked in order to germinate (i.e. start to grow). This adaptation means that forests can completely regenerate after forest fires, which are a common occurrence in Australia. | Flora in Focus:
13: The forest we walked through was mostly Wandoo, a type of Eucalyptus tree. | the Wandoo
14: Wandoo Trees
15: Flora in Focus: | the Wandoo
16: Wilgi Pit
17: The Noongar (indigenous people native to WA) called ochre wilgi. They would extract ochre from pits like those on the left, and use it for painting, either on faces and bodies or on rocks. Ochre comes in red brown (shown), yellow, and blood red. White clay was also used for these artistic purposes.
18: The Dryandra Bush (literally) | Aussie: We choofed off after taking a spell under the gum tree by the dryandra. <<< Translation: We set off on our walk once more after a rest underneath the eucalyptus tree by the dryandra bushes. | our resting spot's view
19: This hardy plant is the namesake of the area -- Dryandra.
20: Termite mounds are created from the droppings of termites. It is made of earth, droppings, and saliva. Termites feed on cellulose, like grass. Their predators are numbats and echidnas (left).
21: Termites & Kangaroo Poop | Interesting Discoveries: Part 1 | Aboriginal people mix Kangaroo droppings, Goona (below), with sap to create a "super glue" that helps with the building of spears.
22: Fox Skeleton | Interesting Discoveries: Part 2 | To deal with foxes and feral cats, both invasive species in WA, special poison has been developed from an indigenous plant, the poison pea. The poison(called 1080), though synthetic, is not harmful to native animals, because they have built up a natural tolerance to the pea poison off which it is based.
23: RAY, giving us his expert opinion on what happened to this creature...