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Loggerhead hatchling found at Mandurah

Keep an eye out for sea turtles washed up on beaches

  It’s the time of year when juvenile sea turtles can lose their battle with the currents and become stranded on metropolitan and south-west beaches. Beachgoers are asked to keep an eye out for stranded sea turtles, particularly following a storm front. Parks and Wildlife regional wildlife officer Cam Craigie said anyone finding a turtle washed up on a beach should immediately call the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055. “These turtles are often very small loggerhead hatchlings, about 10cm in length, which have hatched in WA’s north and been brought south on the strong Leeuwin current,” Mr Craigie said. “Even though sea turtles breathe oxygen and hatch on land, a turtle on a beach south of Denham is usually a sign that it is in…

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The boardwalk at Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve

Aerial pest management for east Kimberley nature reserves

A program to reduce pest animal numbers in Parry Lagoons and Ord River nature reserves will soon be carried out by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. East Kimberley district manager Luke Bentley said both reserves would be closed to the public from Tuesday 19 August to Thursday 21 August during the operation. In addition, Old Halls Creek Road within Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve will be closed between Thursday 14 August and Saturday 16 August. “This aerial pest management program will reduce numbers of pest animals, mainly cattle, causing significant damage to the reserve’s sensitive wetlands and native animal habitat,” Mr Bentley said. “We are required to manage pest animals in the Parry Lagoons and Ord River nature reserves as these areas are listed as…

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Creating the buffer

Bushfire protection buffer to help protect parrot habitat

A 45km buffer in Cape Arid National Park has been created to reduce the risk of bushfire impacting habitat of the critically endangered western ground parrot. Department of Parks and Wildlife staff from Esperance and Wanneroo recently spent two weeks modifying vegetation structures and fuel loads near critical habitat for the western ground parrots. Esperance district nature conservation coordinator Stephen Butler said bushfire had been identified as a key threat for the conservation of the western ground parrot population in Cape Arid National Park. “Cape Arid has experienced large scale bushfires in the past and this buffer will help provide protection from future fires,” Mr Butler said. “There are less than 140 western ground parrots known to live in the wild and many of them…

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Vehicle access control works for important Augusta bushland

Vehicle access control works for important Augusta bushland

Vehicle access to an area in Augusta known for its rare wildflowers will be restricted under a plan coordinated by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and community members. Parks and Wildlife district nature conservation coordinator Ben Lullfitz said the Donovan Street bushland contained hundreds of wildflower species including those found nowhere else in Western Australia. “Amazingly, some of these plants grow on a large granite outcrop within the bushland known as Flat Rock,” Mr Lullfitz said. “Unfortunately some people have been taking their vehicles off formed tracks, driving onto Flat Rock and damaging surrounding vegetation and declared rare flora habitat. “Working together with the Environmental Research Group Augusta (ERGA) and the Shire, we have developed a plan to manage access…

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Saltwater crocodile sighting at Lake Kununurra

Saltwater crocodile sighting at Lake Kununurra

  The Department of Parks and Wildlife today advised Kununurra residents and visitors to remain on alert following a confirmedestuarine (saltwater) crocodile sighting. A crocodile measuring between 2.5-3m was seen and photographed inside the Lake Kununurra crocodile risk mitigation area on Monday 21 July 2014. Wildlife officer Mathew Byers said the crocodile is somewhere upstream of Carlton Gorge. “The department is attempting to locate and remove the crocodile from the area and warning signs have been placed at the lake’s popular swimming spots,” Mr Byers said. “An animal of this size poses a significant safety risk and we urge adults, their children and pets to stay out of the water and away from the water’s edge in all areas upstream from Crossing Falls boat ramp.”…

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