Wild About Freo's Journal

February 23, 2021

Get a tree - for free!

Did you know that Fremantle residents can apply to have a street tree planted on their verge at no cost?

Once an application is received, our parks and landscape team will inspect your verge during the following April/May and talk to you about what's most suitable. Planting then happens in the winter months between April - July, to make sure your tree survives.

All you have to do is visit csp.fremantle.wa.gov.au and send us a service request for a New Street Tree. Or, you can give our customer service team a call at 1300 MY FREO (1300 69 3736).

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December 22, 2020

Things that slither

Perth is home to at least 71 reptile species and is believed to house more reptiles than any other urban area in the world (WWF, 2013).

One of the slithery creatures you might spot in the warmer months is the bobtail or shingleback skink, Tiliqua rugosa (Yoorn in Noongar language). Between December and April the females give birth to 2-3 live young, which can be up to 40% of the mother's body weight!

Aside from basking on our roads on warmer days, bobtails love to hide in grasses, leaf litter, paddocks and some gardens. If you want to create a more bobtail-friendly backyard, consider:

  • Having a native garden with lots of vegetation, encouraging insects (their food!)
  • Creating safe places for them to hide
  • Having wet areas for them to drink from
  • Using environmentally friendly pest-control and staying away from chemicals

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November 23, 2020

Will they or won't they? Waiting for Fairy Terns

Fremantle’s own Rous Head is a major breeding site for Australian Fairy Terns, a vulnerable species of small seabird.

The birds have been seen attempting to breed in the area for many years, however a colony had never been established as their shallow sand nests make them vulnerable to human, predator and vehicle destruction. In 2013 Fremantle Ports established the Rous Head Fairy Tern Sanctuary, providing a safe, enclosed breeding site.

Since then there have been a record six continuous nesting seasons at the Port's Rous Head Fairy Tern Sanctuary and a large increase in colony numbers, however the birds nested at other locations during the 2020 season. Researcher Claire Greenwell says that they change location to be less predictable to predators.

Fairy Terns can arrive anywhere from late November when bait fish become available, so keep your eyes peeled to see them circling as they scout for nesting sites for 2021.

Visit the Fremantle Ports website to find out more about the Fairy Tern Sanctuary.

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October 26, 2020

The mysterious WA Christmas tree

Chances are you've seen the beautiful Western Australian Christmas tree (Nuytsia floribunda) in flower, but you may not know how special the species really is.

The WA Christmas tree/moojar tree has great significance to Noongar culture and people. Ken Macintyre and Barb Dobson from Anthropology from the Shed say:

"When Noongar spokespersons were interviewed by us... the Elders reported that few people today understand the significance of the moojar tree (Nuytsia floribunda) commonly known as the Western Australian Christmas tree. They said that the moojar was regarded as “highly spiritual” because it was associated with the spirits of the dead who according to the ‘old people’ “camped” on the branches and flowers of the tree on their way to Kurannup – the land of the ancestors across the Western ocean. They said to us: ‘We don’t like to go near this tree.’"

You can read more about Ken & Barb's interview on their website: anthropologyfromtheshed.com/project/traditional-significance-of-nuytsia-floribunda-mooja-or-kaanya-tree

The WA Christmas tree is also highly unusual. It has no relatives and is the largest mistletoe in the world, and the only one that grows in the ground rather than on the stems of plants. It's also hemi-parasitic, using it's roots to extract water and nutrients from nearby plants - the roots have even been known to invade PVC-wrapped telephone cables.

WA Christmas trees are under ongoing threat from clearing and livestock damage, and replacements are notoriously difficult to grow. By appreciating and understanding their importance we can help protect them.

Keep an eye out for these unique plants between October and January, and make sure to upload any pictures on iNaturalist.

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October 05, 2020

Celebrating Aussie wildlife

From October 5-11 we're commemorating Australian Wildlife Week! Each year during the first week of October, the Australian Wildlife Society encourages people all over the country to celebrate wildlife to foster a positive relationship between nature and humanity.

We're also celebrating a massive 200 observations on the Wild About Freo iNaturalist platform! If you haven't already, jump onto our observations page to see some of the impressive photos we've been enjoying - spiders and skinks, mushrooms and motorbike frogs, boxfish and banksias just to name a few.

Thank you for all your submissions, and keep them coming.

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September 15, 2020

The East Asian-Australasian Flyway

Western Australia is lucky enough to be part of the East Asian – Australasian Flyway, one of nine major migratory bird flyways in the world.

In about September each year, hundreds of thousands of migratory birds begin to arrive in WA’s north and south west. These might include species like plovers, sandpipers, stints, curlews and snipes.

These birds make round trip migrations of up to 26,000km per year between their summer breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere and their feeding areas in the south.

Nearby Thomson's Lake is an official site under the Flyway Site Network, and other sites in the area are an important part of the flyway. Visit the Flyway's website to find out more about the types of species you could spot: eaaflyway.net/the-flyway/

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August 28, 2020

Do you speak Froglish?

Keep your eyes and ears peeled - it's breeding season and the local frogs are out and about. They might be hard to spot but luckily they're easy to hear!

If you've ever wanted to find out which species are in your backyard or local wetland, the WA Museum is here to help you learn to speak Froglish. Jump on their Frogwatch website where you can listen to some common frog calls, and then match them up with what you've heard on your walks.

In the Fremantle area, listen especially for the Moaning Frog, Motorbike Frog and Western Banjo Frog.

Ribbit!

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August 18, 2020

Observe & keep it beautiful

Consider collecting more than photos on your observation walks this August - from August 17-23 it's Keep Australia Beautiful Week!

This year’s theme is “Litter: Prevent the Spread”.

The campaign is inspired by the unprecedented circumstances triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting lockdowns and restrictions across the country, and the public’s increased use of single-use items to prevent the spread of the virus. Keep Australia Beautiful is calling on all Australians this year not only to stay safe, but also to help prevent the spread of litter in our beautiful country.

Find out more about how you can stop the spread at the Keep Australia Beautiful Website kab.org.au

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July 31, 2020

Local planting for National Tree Day

National Tree Day started in 1996 and has grown into Australia's largest community tree-planting and nature care event, this year landing on Sunday 2 August.

The City is pleased to be working with the Friends of Samson Park group to help revegetate Sir Frederick Samson Park, the City's largest bush forever reserve!

Grab your gardening gloves and join us for the Samson Park Community Planting Day from 10am on August 2 with help from SERCUL.

Meet at the noticeboards on Sellinger Ave or go directly to the planting site, off McCombe St opposite the Samson Rec Centre. All ages are welcome!

Please wear closed-in shoes. BYO water bottle, gardening gloves and a trowel (if you have one). Hot drinks and morning tea provided. For more information, visit facebook.com/events/657706534820421/

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July 07, 2020

Greening Fremantle

Did you know the City has a series of green links? Do you live on one? If so, we’d love to know what biodiversity you have in your backyard.

A key initiative in the Greening Fremantle Strategy is to “Develop links that increase the amount of flora/vegetation and increase habitats for native fauna and encourage their movement between green spaces and to increase and improve biodiversity areas.”

To find out if you live on a green link, check out the My Say Freo page mysay.fremantle.wa.gov.au/wildaboutfreo and look for the Green Links Map in handy documents.

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