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Jennifer Jackson using the Goldfields Reference Herbarium

Goldfields herbarium relocated

The valuable plant specimen collection housed in the Goldfields Reference Herbarium has been moved to its new home at the Department of Parks and Wildlife in Kalgoorlie. The herbarium contains about 1700 specimens collected from local reserves and former pastoral leases managed by the department, plus collections donated by renowned botanist Ken Newbey and the old Western Mining Corporation. Parks and Wildlife conservation officer Jennifer Jackson said the herbarium played an important role assisting people to identify regional plants. “Landowners might have a tree or shrub growing on their property and want to know what it is, or consultants could use the herbarium if they are surveying an area,” Ms Jackson said. In use for 20 years, the reference herbarium had operated from the Department…

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Noorook as a chick

Penguin Island’s newest addition

In a first for the Penguin Island Discovery Centre, a newborn chick has been successfully hand-raised after its parents struggled to cope with feeding demands. The 10-week-old chick, named Noorook (an Aboriginal word for egg), has today been re-introduced into the centre, as part of the island’s dedicated wildlife interaction program that raises visitor awareness of the vulnerability of the little penguin population. In 2012-13, Penguin Island recorded more than 130,000 visits. Department of Parks and Wildlife discovery centre supervisor Jane Dawson said hand-raising the captive-bred little penguin initially involved fish smoothie feeds every two hours. “Noorook had a rocky start to life since hatching in November but he is now flourishing,” Ms Dawson said. “The arrival of Noorook has excited staff and visitors and…

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Public comment sought on the Swan Coastal Plain South draft management plan

Public comment sought on the Swan Coastal Plain South draft management plan

The Conservation Commission of Western Australia has released the draft management plan for parks and reserves in the southern part of the Swan Coastal Plain for public comment. Submissions on the Swan Coastal Plain South draft management plan closed Friday 30 May.

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Public comment sought on the Kalbarri National Park draft management plan

Public comment sought on the Kalbarri National Park draft management plan

The Conservation Commission of Western Australia has released the draft management plan for Kalbarri National Park and adjacent lands for public comment. Submissions on the Kalbarri National Park draft management plan are open until Friday 20 June 2014.

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Get nearer to nature

Get nearer to nature

Take a look at what Nearer to Nature has on offer throughout the year for school groups, and people of all ages, at various spots around the Perth metropolitan area. Not in Perth? We've also got activities at the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk in Walpole-Nornalup National Park.

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