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Prescribed burning keraudrenia for the trial

Project to protect critically endangered Kimberley shrub

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is working to improve the conservation outlook for the critically endangered fringed keraudrenia shrub, found only in the wider Broome area. Little is known about the rare keraudrenia (Keraudrenia exastia, now known as Seringia exastia), and Parks and Wildlife scientist Dr Karen Bettink, together with Yawuru rangers, recently conducted a trial to test the plant’s response to fire and mechanical disturbance. “There are three known populations from two areas - one occurs on the Dampier Peninsula in Broome and two further populations are located approximately 130km south, in the Great Sandy Desert area near Nita Downs,” Dr Bettink said. “We know that within this local population, growth appears to vary greatly according to wet and dry seasons, with stems…

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Jewel in Mid-West crown to become national park

Jewel in Mid-West crown to become national park

Premier Colin Barnett has reaffirmed the Liberal-led State Government's commitment to protecting and promoting Western Australia's unique environment by pledging to create the Abrolhos Islands National Park. Speaking at the Liberal Party State Conference today, Mr Barnett said the government had delivered an additional 503,000 hectares of land to the State's terrestrial conservation estate and an increase of 945,000ha to our marine parks since 2008. "By protecting our unique environment, we can ensure this amazing resource will remain for our children and grandchildren while also being showcased to local and international visitors," he said. It was one of a number of announcements the Premier made at the annual conference, including committing to a new purpose-built Quadriplegic Centre. Tourism opportunities to be opened up at Abrolhos…

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Sub-Antarctic fur seal resting on Penguin Island

Resting seals and sea lions on Perth and south-west beaches

Several seal species including Australian sea lions, New Zealand fur seals and sub-Antarctic fur seals will be resting on beaches or swimming close to shores in the Perth metro area and south-west regions in the coming weeks. While this can be a fascinating and rewarding experience, it is important that people leave the seals undisturbed and maintain a safe distance from them. The Department of Parks and Wildlife has recently received numerous reports of sightings of seals on beaches and is reminding people not to get too close or interfere with the seals in any way.  Wildlife officer Cameron Craigie said people often mistake young seals and sea lions that are resting as sick or abandoned pups and attempt to `rescue’ them. “Such intervention can…

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Watching whales safely in the Kimberley region

Watching whales safely in the Kimberley region

With the onset of the whale migration season, residents and visitors to the Kimberley region are being reminded to maintain a safe boating distance from these mighty creatures as they breed and bask in the northern warmer waters. Department of Parks and Wildlife district manager Alan Byrne said thecoastal waters around Broome are an important part of the northern migration route of humpback whales as they travel from their southern feeding grounds in Antarctica to their breeding grounds in the Kimberley. “Broome is an ideal location to see humpback and southern right whales and calves and it is a fantastic time of year to enjoy whale watching, however it is important that people follow the guidelines when they’re out on the water,” he said. “The…

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Gilbert’s potoroos head to new island home

Gilbert’s potoroos head to new island home

Four Gilbert’s potoroos have been translocated to Michaelmas Island off the coast of Albany in a move to protect the critically endangered marsupial after a devastating fire swept across the animal’s natural range. A lightning strike sparked a 1230ha fire at Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve in November 2015 and destroyed most of the Gilbert’s potoroo’s habitat at the reserve. Parks and Wildlife principal research scientist Dr Tony Friend said after the fires, staff rescued seven Gilbert’s potoroos and undertook emergency baiting to protect the remaining animals as well as noisy scrub-birds, quokkas and western ringtail possums. The emergency baiting was in addition to routine fox and feral cat control in the reserve under Parks and Wildlife’s Western Shield program and work is underway to…

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