Parks on show this September
We have been celebrating the start of spring by showcasing our national parks, highlighting WA’s biodiversity and encouraging people to connect with Parks during September.
WA Parks Foundation Ambassadors and guests have been discussing a Park of the Week every Friday on ABC Radio Perth with Gillian O’Shaughnessy.
It was great to hear Griffin Longley and Professor Lyn Beazley AO discuss Yalgorup National Park; Tim Winton share his passion for Ningaloo Marine Park; campfire stories from Mount Augustus National Park from long-time host Bill Stevens and about natural attractions in Torndirrup National Park from Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction’s Jeremy Flynn.
Thanks to everyone who has tuned in, shared their photos and helped us celebrate WA’s amazing network of national parks.
September was also the international Month of Biodiversity and here’s a quick snapshot of how WA celebrated our biodiversity:
- At John Forrest National Park, a morning Eagle View Wildflower Hike took place on 30 September. The guided 15km hike showcased the rich flora in Perth Hills such as orchids, trigger plants, cone flowers and feather flowers. Lecturer at South Metropolitan TAFE in Conservation and Land Management William Fowler who studied South West flora for 11 years and has several scientific publications related to the flora of this region, shared his thoughts during the hike, making it informative as well.
- Kings Park is also celebrating Spring with the start of the Kings Park Festival, which saw artist, author, illustrator, and WA Parks Foundation Ambassador, Philippa Nikulinsky AM speaking about WA’s stunning biodiversity on September 13.
- The City of Kwinana invited artists Jane Li and Michaela Perryman to display their work capturing the unique beauty of local wildflowers. On display at the Darus Wells Library and Resource Centre from 13 September to 3 October, the exhibition showcases species ranging from orchids to myrtles, and white wattles to kangaroo paws, most of which are unique to WA.