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Whale in port of Dampier

More whale sightings expected this year on the Pilbara coast

More humpback whales will pass the Pilbara coast this year as larger numbers swim past our doorstep on their annual migration between the Antarctic and waters off the Kimberley coast. Department of Parks and Wildlife Pilbara Region marine program coordinator Dr Rachael Marshall said numbers of whales off the West Australian coast were on the rise. “The numbers of humpbacks have been slowly rising since commercial whaling for humpbacks ceased in 1963,” she said. “It tells us that this threatened species is in recovery.” Whales can be seen along the Pilbara coast between July and September. They travel up to 13,000km during what is believed to be one of the longest migrations of any animal on Earth. “The animals make this journey so they can…

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Signage at the Esperance lakes

New canoe trail to explore Esperance lakes

  The newest way to appreciate the peace, beauty and birdlife of the Esperance lakes system is by canoe. Local Department of Parks and Wildlife staff have recently installed a self-guided canoeing trail complete with signage and markers. Esperance district nature conservation coordinator Stephen Butler said the 5.5km trail traversed Woody Lake, Lake Windabout and Lake Wheatfield and suited beginner, intermediate and experienced paddlers. “Paddlers have the option of launching at any of the three lakes and can choose whether to paddle from lake to lake or limit their trip to just one,” Mr Butler said.   “An information sign is available at each of the launch sites, providing distance and time information and general tips on personal safety. “Markers on the lakes guide paddlers…

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Oblong turtle hatchlings

Turtle hatchlings search for wetlands home

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is calling on members of the public who come across turtle hatchlings in their backyards or along pathways not to pick them up. Parks and Wildlife wildlife officer Matt Swan said the oblong turtle was a common native species in the metropolitan area and hatchlings were starting to move from sandy nests to wetlands as spring gets underway. “Through the department’s Wildcare Helpline and social media, we have been contacted by a number of concerned people who have spotted oblong hatchlings and feared they may be in danger,” he said. “However we want to let the public know it is perfectly normal for hatchlings to be searching for nearby wetlands at this time of year as they emerge from…

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Tuart Forest National Park Management Plan 2014

Tuart Forest National Park Management Plan 2014

The Tuart Forest National Park Management Plan 2014 has been released by the Minister for Environment and, together with a summary of public submissions, is now available from: www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/parks/management-plans/approved-management-plans Printed copies of the management plan are also available from Department of Parks and Wildlife offices at Kensington, Bunbury and Busselton. View the Media statement.

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Father’s Day bush skills in the hills

Father’s Day bush skills in the hills

Celebrate Father’s Day the cultural way with a hands-on Aboriginal bush skills activity and afternoon tea in the Perth Hills. Organised by the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Nearer to Nature program, the Father’s Day event on Sunday 7 September is aimed at the whole family. Nearer to Nature program coordinator Jill Francis said it was an ideal opportunity to appreciate local Aboriginal culture and bush skills. “What a great way for Dads to learn how to make tools using materials and methods employed by Noongar men and dads for centuries,” Ms Francis said. “It is also a chance to spend some quality time with the family in the bushland setting of the Perth Hills Discovery Centre in Mundaring. “After the activities there will be…

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