By the Community  -  For the Community

February 2021 Newsletter. Issue 155


Cry of the Forests

Jarrahdale Oval
Landcare SJ and Save Our Jarrah are excited to present Cry of the Forests for an outdoor screening at Jarrahdale Oval February 12. 

WA’s south-west forests are part of one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet and are recognised for their ability to capture and store carbon. They are vital to slowing run-away climate change yet instead of preserving them we are cutting them down at an alarming rate for charcoal, firewood and woodchips. Forests play a crucial role in the water cycle but the streams that once bubbled through these ecological communities are drying up and the critical habitat they provide for endangered species is shrinking. Cry of the Forests takes viewers to the heart of the forests to see first-hand the beauty of these towering ecosystems and the life they support. We meet the activists armed with go-pros and dressed in camouflage gear risking their lives to bear witness to the logging and we meet traditional custodians, tourist operators & farmers on the frontline of the battle to protect our forests.
This film seeks to change perceptions about native forests and their true value.

Gates open - 6.30pm
Screening - 7.30pm

Bring your own chair/picnic rug, picnic food and drinks and join us for a night under the stars surrounded by the Jarrahdale Jarrah forest. Nourish food and coffee van will be there - we hope that you can make it too.

This event is not to be missed! 

General Ticket: $10
Family Ticket: $20
To purchase your ticket and for more information, please click here.

Birds in Paradise 

Byford Hall 
The event will feature information from Ron Johnstone OAM, from the WA Museum, discussing 50 years of ornithology at the WA Museum.  His presentation will include: details of the history of the WA Museum collections, their use and current projects, including the forthcoming WA bird guide, the Museums Cocky Care project and their work in Indonesia. Merryn Pryor from Birdlife WA will be presenting on the Great Cocky Count and how you can be involved in the upcoming 2021 count. 

To book your tickets, please click here

SJ Equestrian Property Regenerative Soil Health Trial

Thursday February 18, 2021
9:30am - 3:30pm
SJ Community Resource Centre
2 Paterson Street Mundijong

SJ Equine Management Plans Make your own fermented compost Using fermented composting on impoverished soil Improving soil microbiology to improve pasture Soil and water quality in equine properties Soil testing and methods for equine properties

Places are limited. Please RSVP by 11th February 2021 to

Black Cockatoos and Bushland 

North Dandalup Memorial Hall 
This event will feature Tom Lerner from the Shire of Murray, who will be presenting on how to protect and enhance bushland on your property. Adam Peck from Birdlife WA will be presenting on the Great Cocky Count and how you can be involved in the upcoming 2021 count. 

To book your tickets, please click here

2021 Great Cocky Count

Regerstrations now open 

The Great Cocky Count (GCC) is a long-term citizen science survey and the biggest single survey for black-cockatoos in Western Australia. On one night in autumn, volunteers monitor known roost sites and count black-cockatoos as they come into their evening roosts. Records submitted from across the southwest provide a snapshot of black-cockatoo populations, and over time this has helped us quantify the changes in black-cockatoo numbers.

A key aim of the GCC is to survey as many roost sites as possible. We need your help to make the 2021 GCC the most comprehensive survey yet.

The GCC will be on Sunday March 28, 2021 at sunset (approximately 5.30-7pm in Perth). Registrations are now open (see link below) and will close on March 7, 2021.

To register for this year's Great Cocky Count, please click here

Landcare SJ News 

Australia Day Awards

Congratulations to all Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Australia Day Award nominees and winners. Great to see some environmental community champions recognised, including Ian 'Geeza' Nice, Senior Community Citizen of the Year, for his tireless efforts at beautifying and maintaining Heritage Park/Gooralong Brook in Jarrahdale and Landcare SJ's long term Board member Alan Elliot, Clem Kentish Award winner, for more than 20 years service in a number of community organisations including Keysbrook Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, Keysbrook Environment Group and Landcare SJ. Well Done Alan!

Your Local Environment 

Who dug that hole? 

Have you noticed any small excavation work going on at your place? Have a closer look, it may be just rabbits or it may be the work of a little local marsupial called a quenda (Isoondon fusciventer). Quenda is the Noongar name for a species of bandicoot endemic to the southwest of Australia.

While foraging for food quenda tend to create a cone shaped hollow quiet distinct from rabbit diggings which are usually larger and square ended. The images below show a quenda digging on the left, note the shallow pointed shape as compared to the rabbit digging on the right which is deeper and blunt ended.

Quenda are known as ‘ecosystem engineers’ moving tonnes of soil each year in their search for food. Quenda eat insects, worms, small vertebrates and plant matter. This soil movement assists with leaf litter decomposition, soil microbiology and the health of our native flora.

Quenda are similar in size to a small rabbit with a compact body, long pointed nose, small ears and short tail. They have been mistaken for large rats but their compact body and short tail make them quiet distinct. They can carry up to six young in a pouch that faces backwards. The rear facing pouch is designed to help prevent it filing with soil from all that digging.

Unfortunately like many of our native species quenda numbers are declining through loss of habitat, competition for space and food from feral animals such as rabbits, predation from foxes and cats and motor vehicle trauma. Quenda are found in shrubby areas with plenty low dense understorey. Some property owners may be fortunate and have them visit their own backyards.

Nyoongar Calendar

Bunuru - Season of adolescence

Bunuru is the hottest time of the year with little to no rain. Hot easterly winds continue with a cooling sea breeze most afternoons if you're close to the coast. Therefore, traditionally this was, and still is, a great time for living and fishing by the coast, rivers and estuaries. Because of this, freshwater foods and seafood made up major parts of the diet during this time of year.

Bunuru is also a time of the white flowers with lots of white flowering gums in full bloom, including Jarrah, Marri and Ghost Gums.

Another striking flower that is hard to go past is the female Zamia (Macrozamia riedlei). Being much larger than that of its male counterpart, the huge cones emerge from the centre of the plant with masses of a cotton wool like substance.

As the hot, dry weather continues the seed upon the cones change from green to bright red, indicating they're ripening and becoming more attractive to animals, particularly the emu, that will eat the toxic fleshy outer.

- South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council

Species: Macrozamia riedlei

Guess What I Am?


For your chance to win an Australian Native Nursery gift voucher valued at $20 

Do you know what native species I am?

Be the first person to Email my scientific and common name to Reece Jerrett at Landcare SJ and you'll receive an Australian Native Nursery gift voucher valued at $20!


(Individuals can only win the monthly competition every 3 months)

Help The Cause


  and help save these charismatic birds.

It takes over 100 years for a natural hollow to form that our endangered Black Cockatoos will breed in, but only a few minutes to donate towards the construction of Landcare SJ's 'Cockatubes'. 

Any contribution is greatly appreciated! 

Please Donate Today

(Photo by Rick Dawson)
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