Friends of the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre

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2016 events

OCTOBER 2016 Did you know that male swans take care of their young cygnets as well as the female.  Maggie's kitchen operating in the car park on Hope road have noticed that there is a male swan with 7 cygnets not all the same age.  The female swan was killed by a dog and the male swan took over his brood of four cygnets, shortly afterwards the brood swelled to seven.  Heartfelt tank you to maggie's kitchen staff for caring for them.

WILD ABOUT WETLANDS                BIRD ID LAUNCH  

TUESDAY  19th Januar  It was an early start for many bird enthusiasts for we gathered togethef to witness the launch of the BIRD IDENTIFICATION KIT.

Mayor Logan Howlett officially opened the proceedings.

      

WILD ABOUT WETLANDS             SPIDER

Great excitement was had by all who attended the very first SPIDER activity session on Tuesday, 12th January, 2016.  The material for the very informative lessons was taken from the Harry de Jong slide collection that most of our FRIENDS  group have patiently transferred onto a data base.

The first photo shows the children catching prey in the form of blow dried popcorn. The seond photo is of Suparna and her daughter Isobel,

The third photo is of Danielle, Denise and Clair complete with spider hats.  

 

    

 

 

2015 eventS

 

WILD ABOUT WETLANDS         PROWLING OWLS

DENISE our very talented education officer organised an owl encounter with YVONNE, who specialises in BIRDS OF PREY EDUCATIONAL DISPLAY 

her contact details are mobile 0438 388 383   www.wabirdsofprey.com

Here are some photos of our evening

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WILD ABOUT WETLANDS        SNAKE ENCOUNTERS  WITH VANESSA PAGET

On a glorious sunny day in April, as part of the WILD ABOUT WETLANDS school holiday programme, Vanessa Paget brought along her family of carpet pythons and lizards.  The children had meaninful interactions with Wilma and Barney, very laid back bob tailed lizards and various sized pythons.  However I had remembered seeing grandma snake last year and asked Vanessa where she was.. Grandma was now twenty years old and had become gravid.  Unfortunately her eggs had become stuck inside her so grandma had to have an operation to release them  She is currently recovering at home.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 WA WETLAND MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE - 2nd February 2015  CELEBRATING WORLD WETLAND DAY

THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT!                                                              HAPPY TALK BRILLIANT SPEAKERS

   

                                                          

      

CONGRATULATIONS DENISE FOR A STUPENDOUS LEARNING EXPERIENCE   WE WILL GIVE IT OU BEST SHOT, NANDI, TO SAVE WHAT'S LEFT OF PERTH WETLANDS.

 

 

 

 

 

30th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FARRINGTON ROAD BLOCKADE - SUNDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2014

 

FRIENDS OF THE COCKBURN WETLANDS EDUCATION CENTRE INC

The Friends of the CWEC Inc was established as an independent not-for-profit organisation in 1993 to do what friends do- give unconditional support to the centre's activities, values and goals by bringing their individual skills, knowledge and passion to the objectives and ideals of the collective.

This has been done in exemplary fashion over the past 21 years.  My own involvement is relatively recent and initially I thought I should be disqualified, on that basis, from presenting this brief history on behalf of our group on this very special occasion.  But after some consideration it seemed that my belated persepective could actually enable a clear view of the journey of this hardy group of Friends from the inspiration of the Farrington Road Blockade pioneers to the present day.  Their achievements are writ large everywhere around us for all to see both in the endurance of the partnership with other stakeholders and in the quality of the development, habitat regeneration and beauty of the Area.  I can tell it how it is - I'm in total awe of this small band of likeminded folk.  For, it is obvious that what has evolved within the organisation is a family - as much as a friendship - with all that implies, andIi feel priviledged to represent them on this special day of the celebration of the genesis of a strong and resilient envrionmental movement in the area.

The Friends of CWEC group was established to assist the dedicted centre staff with environmental, land care and educational responsibilities which have included flora and bird surveys (quarterly since 1996), seed collecting, selective planting and seeding, weed control, administration, landscaping and maintenance.

Assistance in such important events such as the annual Wetlands Conference, World Environmental Day, Wild About Wetlands holiday programmes has been consistent and significnt to the successful outcomes.

In an era epitomised by the Farrington Road model of environmental activism, your Friends have been involved together and in person, in passionate advocacy for our shared vision of protected and sustainable wetland reserve through many submissions to relevant departments.

Congrtulations to the Farrington Road trailblazers on the 30th anniversry of an admirable struggle.  Thank you for the memories.  Thank you for the example.

The Friends of CWEC group, battlescars notwithstanding lives on and commits to fighting the good dight against Roe 8 along with you all.  We will not go gentle into that good fight.

Thank you          Darryl James  Member FCWECI

 

BIRD PANELS LAUNCHED AT THE NARMA KULARCH BOARDWALK

On Saturday the 28th of June in the presence of the Cockburn Mayor and Mayoress, Logan and Pat Howlett, a ceremony was held at the Bibra Lake floating bird hide.

On this beautiful sunny day, the Mayor was invited by the friends of the Cockburn Wetlands Centre president, Marion Shaw, to formally "open " the hide to show four wall-mounted panels depicting thirty five of the many species of birds-local, visiting and migratory- which can be seen within the lake environment.  A wall plaque within the hide marked the occasion.

In his address to the many attending, the Mayor congratulated and thanked the bird panel artist, Carol Richards of the friends for her contribution and added that the panel display would greatly assist in furthering children's awareness of the environment and this through the continuing vital work of the Wetlands Education programme.  The Mayor then introduced Councillors Lyndsey Wetton, Philip Eva and Bart Houwen whose presence was loudly acclaimed.  In the opening "slashing " ceremony the Mayor used a large bladed "wseapon" specially fashioned by the prominent naturalist, the late Harry de Jong.

Among those attending were members of Friends of the Cockburn Wetlands and the many Wetlands volunteers who earlier had been involved in a wet-area planting programme to establish more than 500 seedlings.

A delightful ceremony ended with a morning tea at the site.

     

          

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET WILD ABOUT WETLANDS  - BAT NIGHT WITH JO TONGA 17TH JANUARY 2014

 

When Jo took us on a walk through the bush we came upon a Garden Orb Weaving spider frantically trying to catch the myriad of midges that were swarming all over it's beautifully constructed web.

These common orb spiders mainly live in gardens weaving webs between trees, or hedges or washing lines, where insects are likely to fly and get caught in sticky threads.  They are active at night, hiding away during the day by resting with their legs drawn under their body, hanging off a thread.

The orb web is fashioned on a radiating structure of spokes like a bicycle wheel.

ATTADALE FORESHORE BIRD WATCHING JANUARY 18TH, OUR FIRST OUTING OF THE YEAR.

Some of our 'Friends' group visited the Attadale foreshore on a pleasantly breezy morning.  We walked to view the sand bar on which there were a cluster of Pelicans, Pied Cormorants, Knots, Godwits, black swans.

In the foreground were Oyster catchers, black-winged stilts, a few plovers and a greenshank.  Five Shell ducks and a crested Tern flew over while we were walking back to the board walk.  The resident osprey flew up to his perch with a freshly caught fish.  We had such a super day that we are going to repeat it on the 15th February.

 

COCKBURN ROTARIANS VISITED THE WETLANDS CENTRE for their breakfast meeting on September 26th.  This was organised by Darryl with other Friends assisting.

Denise gave an excellent presentation about the Centre .     

 

Please email mrshaw1035@gmail.com or ring Marion on 93314435 

 

 

 

 

 

NORTH LAKE SIGHTING OF PAINTED SNIPES DECEMBER 27TH 2012

The word got around that there were painted snipes (Rostratula benghalensis) in the reeds by the small pond, near the bench.

I was not lucky enough to see them but Darryl James was and saw four nestling in the reeds.

I met up with a bird watcher from Birds Australia and we walked down to the lake and saw 21 Glossy Ibis,well over 30 black wing stilts  and a common greenshank.

photo of Painted snipe in the reeds at North Lake courtesy of Mike Bouette