As the rains subside, the warm weather of Birak begins to take hold, with the afternoon sea breeze cooling those near the sea.
Easterly winds in the morning, followed by an afternoon sea breeze, meant that Noongar people traditionally burned country at this time of year.
They would burn the country in mosaic patterns to increase grazing pastures for some animals, aid in seed germination, make travel across the country easier, and reduce fuel consumption.
Birak also observes fledglings leaving their nests, though some remain close to their parents. During this season, reptiles are looking to shed their old skin in exchange for a new one, and baby frogs complete their maturation into adults.
Activity for the Centre
Print out Icons or shapes that would represent the 6 Noongar Seasons.
Let the kids color each season. Here’s the color guide:
Birak – Red (hot and dry)
Bunuru – Orange (warm winds)
Djeran – Green (Cool and pleasant)
Makuru – Blue (cold and wet)
Djilba – Sky blue (cool and less rainy)
Kambarang – Yellow (Warm, end of rain season)
This is a great way to teach the kids about the 6 seasons.
Traditionally, this was the fire season for the Noongar people. Noongar people would burn the country in mosaic patterns.