Hello Pram Jammers! It’s my turn to write a blog post, and wouldn’t you know it, I’ve left it till the last minute again. Well, truth be told, I have thought very hard about this post, it’s just taken me a while to put those thoughts down in words. I was prompted to use the Beeliar Wetlands (and the frogs!) as my theme this month, after a few weeks ago reading a comment regarding the proposed Roe 8 extension, which is currently intended to route through the middle of the lakes. The comment referred to the wetlands as a ‘mosquito infested swamp’ and I thought, gee, I wonder if that person has been to explore around the lakes recently? Reading this flippant remark made me so concerned about the disconnect between our modern day lives and the fragile ecology of our local environment. Those ‘irritating mosquitoes’ and midges feed the frogs, and the frogs and tadpoles feed the birds, snakes and turtles. So the balance is a challenge, yes. But the solution surely isn’t to build a great big highway through the middle of the wetlands, especially not when the final route is so uncertain. You can read about the City of Cockburn’s point of view regarding Roe 8 here:
Anyway, I’ve been singing lots of swampy, froggy songs with my little one since reading that comment. He’s right into jumping anyhow so it’s been easy to find times to sing! Over the recent long weekend we packed the scooters into the car and did a little exploring – there is so much to see and so many exciting plans for the recreation areas, we will no doubt be back again to check out more soon! Toddlers love any opportunity to play outdoors, and the chance to check out our local parklands should definitely be taken (ahem… while we still can).
That’s not my frog — : its tummy is too squashy / written by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Rachel Wells
Where is Galah? / Sally Morgan.
Rhyming stories : Pip the dog : Freddy the frog / Axel Scheffler.
Frog and Me / Angela Muss
This one is a bit of a silly version, thanks to Play School (ABC TV). I will admit to having fallen down a rabbit hole watching some of the other videos uploaded to that YouTube account!
Five Little Speckled Frogs
So there you have it, some swampy froggy songs and books for your littlest ones. Why not pack a few warm towels and a change of clothes, some wellyboots and a picnic basket, and head out to your closest wetlands for a bit of an explore? It’s just the right time of year to hear the Moaning Frogs call, and there is always an abundance of birdlife to spot at the lakes 🙂 It’s hatchling season for the Oblong Turtles, you may even see some babies! Here’s a bunch of links for the research buffs (I especially love the Climate Watch website, you can refine your search by species, region and time of year so that you know what to look for – clever!):
http://cockburnwetlands.org.au/ Friends of the Wetlands page
http://cockburncommunity.asn.au/FriendsoftheCockburnWetlandsEducationCentre/index.php Cockburn Council / Friends of the Wetlands page
http://www.littlegreenstepswa.org.au/ Little Green Steps are working with the City of Cockburn to present sustainability based education programs for Early Years (0-8 year olds)
http://www.allaboutbibralake.com.au/History-of-Bibra-Lake.php This link provides some great background information about the Noongar communities and their connection to the lakes.
http://www.noongarculture.org.au/noongar-of-beeliar-swan-river/ This link is to a wonderful 20 minute video providing amazing insight into the First People of the Cockburn/Beeliar Boodjar area
http://www.savebeeliarwetlands.com/Carnabys Cockatoos. Such a graceful bird.
http://www.nativearc.org.au/ Native Arc take in injured native animals and nurse them back to health. They are located on Hope Road, at the north east corner of the Bibra Lake reserve. They appreciate donations and support.
http://www.cockburn.wa.gov.au/Council_Services/Environment/ Link to the City of Cockburn Environmental Services website. These are the wonderful people in charge of maintaining, improving and educating about the wetlands.