Science Camp to Dryandra
In the last week of Term One, 7 EES students travelled with Mr Mallon and myself into to the Western Wheatbelt to see the impact of land clearing and introduced species on our native marsupial populations.
Boys undertook radiotracking and trapping activities during the day and at night after an Italian feast of lasagne, garlic bread and salad, they were able to see some of WA’s endangered species in the Barna Mia complex at Dryandra Woodland such as bilbys, bettongs and rufus hare wallabies. On the way home, we even saw endangered woylies jumping across the road and stopped to check out an echidna that had wandered across our path. The boys then went on a night stalk with Mr Mallon and saw a native phascogale.
Out of 10 traps set, the first five were either not set off or were empty but four of the last five contained native marsupials including three woylies with pouch young and a quenda. Quendas are very commonly found in the Hills but are rare in Dryandra, so much so, John, our DPaw instructor had never caught one before.
Overall, we packed a great deal of learning and fun into a day. Thanks to Mr Mallon for his assistance and the boys were terrific!