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Get nearer to nature

Get nearer to nature

Take a look at what Nearer to Nature has on offer throughout the year for school groups, and people of all ages, at various spots around the Perth metropolitan area. Not in Perth? We've also got activities at the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk in Walpole-Nornalup National Park.

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Luke Stanley from Kalumburu Bush Rangers participates in a mud-sampling workshop

Kimberley Bush Rangers gather for annual conference

Bird identification workshops and mud-sampling to identify bird food availability were among the highlights of the Kimberley Bush Rangers conference held in Broome last weekend. Instructors from the highly successful Bush Rangers WA program now in its 16th year, run by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, met to share information and gain ideas for new projects. Parks and Wildlife Kimberley Bush Rangers Coordinator Sally Johnston said there were two new schools - Kalumburu and Beagle Bay - participating in the program. “Bush Rangers is a voluntary nature conservation program for secondary school students aged 12 to 17 and Kimberley schools host eight of the State’s 60 units,” Ms Johnston said. “Our annual conference forms an important part of the instructors’ professional development, with a…

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Drivers urged to watch for black cockatoos

Drivers urged to watch for black cockatoos

Perth motorists are being advised to be aware of flocks of endangered Carnaby’s cockatoos gathering on roadsides to feed and drink. Department of Parks and Wildlife senior wildlife officer Rick Dawson said many Carnaby’s have returned from the Wheatbelt with their fledglings and were moving along the Swan Coastal Plain in search of permanent food and water. “During February and March there is usually an increase in the number of black cockatoo deaths resulting from vehicle strikes,” he said. “Already this year, 34 black cockatoos have required treatment at Perth Zoo after being injured in the metropolitan area but we know that many more are hit by vehicles and never reported to the department. “As a large-winged bird, black cockatoos usually take off into the…

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Elephant seal has left Sorrento Beach

Elephant seal has left Sorrento Beach

The Department of Parks and Wildlife today advised that the elephant seal left Sorrento Beach late last night. It had been hauled out at Sorrento Beach for the last few days, but swam off into the ocean around 11pm last night. Parks and Wildlife Senior Officer Rick Dawson said though the seal had left the beach, it might haul out at other beaches along the metropolitan area in the coming days. “Department officers have done a search of surrounding beaches along the metropolitan coast but the seal has not been sighted.” Mr Dawson said the sub-adult male which weighs an estimated 2000kg had most likely spent a long period swimming in the water and hauled-out at Sorrento to rest on the beach. “If people sight…

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Elephant seal returns to Sorrento Beach

Elephant seal returns to Sorrento Beach

The elephant seal that has been resting at Sorrento Beach in the past few days has returned to shore after swimming out to sea in the early hours of this morning. The Department of Parks and Wildlife today advised that the seal returned at around 11am this morning. Department staff and Surf Life Saving volunteers have cordoned off an area around the seal to ensure public safety and allow the animal to rest without any interference. Parks and Wildlife Senior Officer Rick Dawson said the department was asking people not to use camera flash and torches within the vicinity of the seal after 10pm at night. “We have noticed that the seal does not react well to bright lights at night as it is possibly…

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