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Humpback whale. Photo- Rick Dawson/DBCA

Swimming with humpbacks success continues

Visitors to Ningaloo Marine Park can swim with majestic humpback whales for a third year running, with the new trial season commencing off the Coral Coast. The Minister for Environment has also approved the continuation of the in-water interaction trials for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The move will attract thousands of tourists to visit the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Coast to interact with the massive marine mammals as they make their way north to their Kimberley calving grounds.

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Western swamp tortoise trial release to provide crucial data

Western swamp tortoise trial release to provide crucial data

Western swamp tortoises have been released into the wild today with special data loggers attached that will help guide recovery efforts for the critically endangered species. The 12 Perth Zoo-bred tortoises were released into Ellen Brook Nature Reserve in Perth's north-eastern suburbs. Data loggers attached to the tortoises will record information about how long they spend in water, the depth of the water they forage in, and the summer-time conditions they experience when they aestivate under leaf litter and in holes during summer. After 12 months, the tortoises will be returned to Perth Zoo. The trial will enable researchers to compare tortoises of similar age, genetics and history to tortoises being released at Meerup in the South-West, and will help guide decisions about possible future…

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Karara Rangelands boasts a brilliant wildflower display

Karara Rangelands boasts a brilliant wildflower display

Spring is just around the corner and now is the time for people to start planning their outback adventures through swathes of colourful wildflowers under a big blue Murchison sky. Karara Rangeland Park is renowned for its wildflowers that carpet the land after winter rainfall and this year is set to be the best wildflower display Western Australia’s Midwest region has seen. Parks and visitor services regional leader Sue Hancock recommends Karara Rangeland Park as the perfect location to camp under the stars with or without facilities or sleep indoors at the Thundelarra Shearers’ Quarters or nearby station stays. “The 560,000 hectare park features a range of diverse landscapes, Aboriginal heritage and a rich pastoral and mining history. Its landscapes and habitats include York gum…

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Community Rivercare Program grants now open

Community Rivercare Program grants now open

A total of $900,000 will be allocated to community groups over three years Funding is administered by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Round two of the Community Rivercare Program is now open and applications are invited from not-for-profit volunteer groups until September 17, 2018. Funding is available to improve habitat for birds, fish and other animals dependent on waterways, improve water quality, and address foreshore erosion in the Swan Canning Catchment. In the first round of funding, 17 community groups were awarded more than $540,000 for projects ranging from one to three years in duration. Grant projects which received funding in round one included: Ellen Brook endangered native fish habitat enhancement; Bannister Creek and Canning River Regional Park boundary enhancement; Bardon Park environmental…

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WA firefighters deployed to assist with USA blazes

WA firefighters deployed to assist with USA blazes

Six Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) have departed to the United States of America to help battle multiple large fires that have been burning across the north-west of the nation. Luke Bentley, Peter Bamess, John Fishwick, Tim Hutton, Leigh Sage and Beverly Gardiner will be part of a 180-strong Australian and New Zealand contingent sent to assist with fire control. The officers are highly skilled and experienced in a variety of incident management roles including planning, logistics and operations. The deployment has been facilitated through an agreement between the US National Multi-Agency Coordination Group and the Australian National Interagency Fire Centre, with resources being managed via the National Resource Sharing Centre and Emergency Management Victoria.

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