The Nyoongar six seasons: The first season – Birak

The "first" of the Nyoongar seasons is Birak. Birak is known as the season of the young or the first summer and involves the hot and dry season. It typically runs from December until January. ? Birak is often indicated by hot easterly winds, the shedding of reptiles, and the flowering of Christmas and paperbark trees. In Birak, the Nyoongar/Noongar people used to practice cultural burning which aided in fuel reduction for naturally occurring fires. This burning is also important for the germination of native Australian plant species such as Acacia. ? Let us know if you can recognise the Birak season!