In 2021 we are marking 30 years of WLI cooperation by sourcing 30 neat ideas from WLI members. Today we hear from Australia.
Title: Noongar Language Sign: Plants and Animals of Lake Mealup
In the Ramsar-listed Peel-Yalgorup wetlands system in Western Australia, indigenous leader George Walley from Mandjoogoordap Dreaming and specialist teacher Lee-Anne Walley from Greenfields Primary School worked together with Peel-Harvey Catchment Council to develop a sign and education resources translating the plants and animals of Lake Mealup names. The signage featured local Noongar language and English names for insects, mammals, reptiles, plants and birds at the lake and was used in education excursions to the wetlands.
Learning and conservation outcomes: Appreciation and understanding of indigenous language and culture, local plants and animals
Audience: All ages and backgrounds
Cost: Depending on local context
Key themes: Traditional ecological knowledge, language, culture, plants, animals
Equipment/resources required: Expertise of local indigenous leaders; design.