Children separating natives from ferals
RESIDENTS are encouraged to keep an eye out for Quentin the Quenda displays raising awareness about native species throughout libraries in the Shire of Kalamunda.
A colouring and word find competition was organised recently to help educate local children about animals found in their back yard.
Entry to the competition was open to children aged from four to 12, with Imogen Auth (4) winning the four to six years section and Myla Odenko (9) taking home the seven to nine years prize.
Both girls received a copy of the illustrated book Leaf Litter: Exploring the Mysteries of a Hidden World by award-winning author and illustrator Rachel Tonkin.
Anshika Mehla (10) won the word find competition for older children and received a copy of Newts, Lutes and Bandicoots by Mark Carthew and Mike Spoor, a humorous book of rhymes, riddles and objects to look for between the pages.
All the winners collected a prize pack filled with Connecta pens, pencils and literature about the natural environment.
Shire President Sue Bilich said the competition attracted more than 75 entries.
“It was wonderful to see so many colourful entries,” Ms Bilich said.
“Many animals make the Shire of Kalamunda their home, which can at times lead to confusion about which animal is which,” she said.
“This particularly applies to distinguishing between native bandicoots – known locally as quendas or southern brown bandicoots – and introduced feral rodents.
“Young bandicoots can easily be mistaken for adult rats and residents are urged to familiarise themselves with the difference.”
Quendas are native marsupials with small, rounded ears, a long pointy nose, long front claws and a short fat tail.
Sheena Bell, Mick Davis, Sue Bilich and Myla Odenko.