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Sunlit Spring 2017

Sunlit Spring with Nearer to Nature

With spring school holidays fast approaching, why not book your children in for some unique, fun, hands-on activities held in marvellous natural areas in and around Perth. There are activities for kids of all ages providing them with up close and personal experiences with our wonderful plants and animals in some very special places. Some of the activities on offer during September school holidays include adventure caving, frog foraging, rambling with a ranger and squelching through swampland. Bookings are essential and fill up fast, so enrol your kids now. Visit our Community page to download the program, find out more and book.

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Extra bushfire protection around Pemberton and Northcliffe

Extra bushfire protection around Pemberton and Northcliffe

More than 100km of fire access trails are being upgraded in forests surrounding Pemberton and Northcliffe to help reduce the risk of summer bushfires. Parks and Wildlife Donnelly District fire coordinator Jeff Bennett said the trails, as well as the maintenance of 15km of access tracks, were completed in areas that interfaced with private properties, including Hawke, Boorara, Gardner and Warren national parks and nearby State forest. “Enhanced access for firefighters will ensure the community is better protected from the threat of intense bushfires, and it will be safer for crews to work in the area,” he said. “The upgrading of access tracks will help towards building a more fire resilient community. “Parks and Wildlife has received great support for this project, including from the…

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Swimming with whale sharks

International whale shark conference set for Ningaloo

The World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Coast has been chosen as the location for the 2019 International Whale Shark Conference. Hosted by the Department of Parks and Wildlife with support from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, whale shark conservation group ECOCEAN and CSIRO, the event will be held in Exmouth in May 2019. Held every three years, the conference aims to generate and support international collaboration in whale shark science, conservation and management.  Previous host countries have included Mexico, the United States and Qatar. Ningaloo Marine Park is one of only a few places in the world where whale sharks appear regularly in near-shore waters in numbers and where they are easily visible to observers.  As a result, Exmouth and Coral Bay are world renowned for…

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Bobtails destined for Japanese black market seized

Bobtails destined for Japanese black market seized

A man has been charged after he was intercepted at Perth International Airport attempting to smuggle 13 native bobtail lizards into Japan. On 24 May, Australian Border Force (ABF) officials detected a suspicious package inside a suitcase during x-ray screening, and notified wildlife officers from the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife. The suitcase contained seven live adult bobtail lizards and six live babies in cotton bags. A Japanese national was arrested and charged by ABF with attempting to export a regulated native specimen, contrary to section 303DD(1) of the Environment Protection and Bio-diversity Conservation Act 1999. Parks and Wildlife will lay charges for taking protected fauna, contrary to section 16(1) of the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950. The man has appeared in court and will…

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Chuditch discovered in Serpentine

Chuditch discovered in Serpentine

Parks and Wildlife staff made an exciting discovery last week when they trapped a male chuditch (Dasyurus geoffroii), while undertaking native animal monitoring at Lowlands Nature Reserve near Serpentine. It is the first time a chuditch has been captured in the reserve for 20 years. The capture followed a sighting of a chuditch from a remote camera in late April - the first sighting of the species in this reserve since 2000. The capture and remote cameras are part of a fauna monitoring program at the reserve targeting threatened native mammal species the quenda, brushtail possum and rakali (or water rat) to track their numbers and response to management actions such as fox-baiting. Swan Coastal District Manager Brett Fitzgerald said the capture highlighted the increasing…

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