Monday, 17 October 2016
Buildings at ECU’s three campuses have changed colour – from pink (mirda mokiny) to yellow (yoornt) – signalling the arrival of Kambarang season.
During the University’s 25th anniversary year the Chancellery building at Joondalup, the Library at Mount Lawley and entrance at South West Campus in Bunbury will light up at night in the colour that represents each of the Nyoongar seasons.
The Nyoongar seasons explain the environmental changes we see annually in the South West region of WA. They can be shorter or longer and are indicated by changes in the flora and fauna around us, rather than by dates on a calendar.
During Kambarang season, we see an abundance of colours and flowers exploding all around us. The yellows of many of the acacias continue to abound, along with some of the banksias and many other smaller delicate flowering plants including the kangaroo paw and orchids.
During this time, the balgas will also start to flower, especially if they've been burnt in the past year or closely shaved.
One of the most striking displays of flowers to be seen during this season will be the mooja, or Australian Christmas Tree (nuytsia). The bright orange/yellow flowers signal the heat is on its way.
For the animals, October is also the most likely time of the year that you'll encounter a snake as the reptiles start to awaken from their hibernation and look to make the most of the warm to assist them in getting enough energy to look for food.
It's also a time that many young families of birds will be singing out for their parents to feed them. Swooping koolbardies (magpies) will also be out protecting their nests and their babies.
For more information, contact ECU Cultural Awareness Officer Jason Barrow
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