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Fairy tern chick and egg. Photo: Christine Taylor/DBCA

Seabirds take a positive tern in Bunbury harbour

Fairy terns have had one of their most successful breeding seasons at Bunbury’s outer harbour, with up to 70 pairs recorded nesting there this year. Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) conservation projects officer Christine Taylor said the threatened seabirds migrated from the north-west coast each year looking for a feast of whitebait and a suitable beach to nest on.  “Fairy terns nest together in a colony, often on the bare beach, laying their eggs on the sand just metres from one another.  This makes them extremely vulnerable to disturbance from people, dogs and off-road vehicles,” she said. “Most years, up to several hundred birds head to the Leschenault Estuary, and while they have attempted to nest in several locations in the past, the…

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Fitzroy River

Consultation begins on visionary plan for Fitzroy River

The McGowan Labor Government today reaffirmed its commitment to the Kimberley region by commencing community consultation to deliver a visionary plan for the Fitzroy River. The whole-of-Government approach will see the expansion of Fitzroy River National Park, and the development of a management plan of the Fitzroy catchment incorporating the water allocation plan to ensure the long-term health of the river and sustainable economic development. Traditional owners and representatives from Aboriginal groups, pastoralists, environmental organisations, government agencies and industry gathered today (March 9) at Fitzroy Crossing for a workshop hosted by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson, Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan, Water Minister Dave Kelly and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt. The Fitzroy River catchment contains significant cultural, environmental and economic values…

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Google Trekker

Google Trekker to visit WA's natural attractions

Western Australia's natural attractions will soon be able to be viewed at eye-level online with the use of Google's unique Street View Trekker. On loan to the State Government for six months, the Google Street View Trekker is a 14-kilogram camera backpack with 15 specially mounted lenses capable of recording stunning 360-degree panoramic and bird's-eye view footage.  It has travelled throughout the world from the Grand Canyon to the Great Barrier Reef, and is now in Western Australia. It is on loan to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions which will use the camera to capture locations that can only be accessed on foot or by boat, including some stunning remote and hard to get to places. Initially the Trekker will be used to…

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53 community projects funded to protect Swan River

53 community projects funded to protect Swan River

A total of 25 community groups have been awarded more than $338,000 in grants this year to deliver 53 projects that will help conserve the Swan and Canning rivers and surrounding catchments. Now in its 20th year, the Swan Alcoa Landcare Program (SALP) is an extremely successful partnership program between the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' Parks and Wildlife Service, Alcoa, Perth NRM, Burswood Park Board, local government and the community. Since the program began, it has provided about $8.4 million in funds to 1,323 on-ground projects that have engaged thousands of volunteers and contributed nearly 182,000 work hours. This has included volunteers planting more than 2.5 million plants to revegetate more than 1,943 hectares of land; controlling weeds on more than 4,800 hectares…

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Six native species removed from threatened list

Six native species removed from threatened list

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has approved the recommendations of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee to amend the list of threatened flora and fauna in Western Australia. The committee is made up of 10 independent scientists with specialist knowledge of the State's flora and fauna and the conservation of threatened species. The Airlie Island Ctenotus, also known as Northwestern coastal Ctenotus (Ctenotus angusticeps), has been removed from the list of threatened species after targeted surveys significantly increased the known distribution of the species. The lizard was first thought to only exist on Airlie Island off the Pilbara coast, but was later discovered on the mainland at Roebuck Bay. It is now known to inhabit several sites along the coast between Onslow and Broome, with genetic work…

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