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A western spiny-tailed skink

Rare skink populations discovered in Midwest

Two new populations of an endangered reptile have been discovered in the State’s Midwest, renewing hope for the long-term survival of the species. Five western spiny-tailed skinks (Egernia stokesii badia) were found sheltering in hollow logs at two different sites during a survey at Karara Rangeland Park, 50km east of Morawa. A distinct feature of spiny-tailed skinks is their long rough scales which are very prickly to touch. They can live for more than 10 years and can grow up to nearly 30cm. Department of Parks and Wildlife nature conservation regional leader Anthony Desmond said the survey was undertaken to assist with planning future recreational activities in the area. “Although they are known from this general area no survey has ever been done at this…

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Seed planting at Tarin Rock. Photo- Parks and Wildlife

Farmers boost biodiversity in Tarin Rock

Farmers have replanted 180ha of private property with native species at Tarin Rock in the southern Wheatbelt as part of a project to conserve biodiversity in the area. Parks and Wildlife Wheatbelt Region conservation officer Marissah Kruger said the Tarin Rock Priority Landscape Project had involved more than 60 conservation projects on private property over the past 15 years. “The Tarin Rock area, which covers 45,000ha, has a wide range of landscapes and remnant vegetation, including woodland, mallee and Kwongan heath, supporting a high diversity of native animals such as malleefowl, Carnaby’s cockatoos and red-tailed phascogales,” she said. “Local landholders have recognised these natural values, and have revegetated land with native species, while excluding stock to protect existing pockets of remnant vegetation. “To date, more…

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Photos: simulated whale disentanglement at Princess Royal Harbour

Whale disentanglement training at Princess Royal Harbour

Staff from the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Albany District recently undertook whale disentanglement training at Princess Royal Harbour.   South Coast Region wildlife officer Jonathan Pridham said the two-day refresher training on 8 June and 9 June used a recently acquired artificial whale tail built by a local business to simulate rope entanglement.   “Attempting to free entangled whales is a potentially dangerous operation,” he said.   “It is important that we are able to respond to whale entanglement incidents in a safe and timely manner.   “The updated training and equipment will increase our capability to perform these rescues.”   Mr Pridham said the steady increase in whale populations has also led to increased potential for entanglements.   “If you do see an…

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Parks and Wildlife shares guiding tips with tour operators

Parks and Wildlife shares guiding tips with tour operators

The Department of Parks and Wildlife will provide tour operators across the State with a complimentary copy of How to be an Award-Winning Tour Guide.   The book, written by Jeremy Perks and Jan Barrie from award-winning tour company Global Gypsies Tours and Training, contains helpful advice on professionally planning and running tours.   Parks and Wildlife Director of Parks and Visitor Services, Peter Sharp said the initiative would help licensed tour operators in WA parks continue to provide world class tourism experiences for travellers.   “This book will be a valuable tool for operators keen to improve their tour guide training programs while learning from the personal experiences of others in the industry,” Mr Sharp said.   “It is designed for novice or aspiring…

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Northern whale migration under way

Northern whale migration under way

Annual humpback whale migration from Antarctica to the KimberleyMajor tourist attraction for whale watchers The annual northern migration of humpback whales along the Western Australian coast is under way with sightings of the majestic creatures being reported from Albany to Exmouth. Thousands of these mammals make the 13,000 kilometre round-trip from Antarctica to warmer waters in WA's north between May and late November. During this time, the number of whale entanglements and stranding incidents may increase, and the Department of Parks and Wildlife has specialised teams throughout the State that can be deployed to safely attempt disentanglements. The humpback migration is one of the longest whale watching seasons in the world attracting thousands of visitors to the coast, providing a boost to whale tour operators…

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