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Volunteer Rebecca Evans and Parks and Wildlife officer Hannah Hampson measuring a flatback

Turtle monitoring taskforce descends on Pilbara island

A Department of Parks and Wildlife pilot flatback turtle monitoring program is underway at Thevenard Island, 22km off the coast of Onslow, to investigate its suitability as a long-term monitoring site. Over the next four weeks a team led by Parks and Wildlife marine scientists and assisted by volunteers will be collecting data, counting turtle tracks and tagging female turtles. Thevenard Island project leader Sabrina Fossette-Halot said the team’s objective was to assess the size of the flatback turtle population nesting on Thevenard Island and to deploy satellite tags to track female turtles’ movements during and after the nesting season. “We have about 20 volunteers from Onslow, Exmouth, Perth and even Queensland who are assisting Parks and Wildlife staff in collecting data,” Dr Fossette-Halot said.…

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Western Shield recognised for public sector excellence

Western Shield recognised for public sector excellence

Western Shield has been announced a joint winner of the ‘Managing the environment’ category at the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management. As Parks and Wildlife's flagship wildlife program, achievements under Western Shield include protecting wild populations of more than 30 threatened species, establishing another 37 new populations, and baiting more than 3.8 million hectares for introduced predators each year. The program has also led to the removal of the quenda and tammar wallaby from State threatened species list. The award was shared with the City of Bayswater’s Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary nutrient stripping wetland, a project also delivered jointly by the department. It was the third year in a row the department has won the category. The awards recognise and reward the…

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Cane toad sausages

Cane toad collection to assist with trial

As part of a trial teaching native animals not to eat toxic cane toads, the Department of Parks and Wildlife is seeking the assistance of Kununurra residents to collect toads for the production of taste aversion sausages. Parks and Wildlife cane toad program coordinator Corrin Everitt said research showed that feeding small cane toads to native predators such as floodplain goannas or giving northern quolls toad mince sausages containing a nausea-inducing salt, made them feel sick. “This experience leads to these predators avoiding toads when they subsequently encounter them,” she said. Ms Everitt said the department, in partnership with the University of Sydney and other groups including the Balanggarra rangers, had been testing techniques to reduce the threat of invasive toads to native wildlife such…

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Smoke visible from large prescribed burns today

Smoke visible from large prescribed burns today

The Department of Parks and Wildlife advises smoke will be visible over large parts of the Perth metropolitan area and Mandurah this afternoon as a result of 18,000ha of prescribed burns being carried out to reduce bushfire risk. Swan regional manager Stefan de Haan said three prescribed burns of 8,000ha (20km south-east of Mundaring), 5,509ha (18km east of Dwellingup) and 4,759ha (15km south-east of Dwellingup) would generate a large smoke plume. “The prevailing winds will push this smoke over Mandurah, the southern suburbs of Perth and into the central parts of the city this afternoon,” Mr de Haan said. “We expect this smoke to clear overnight. “The smoke today may affect visibility on roads and motorists should take care, turn on headlights and carefully follow traffic…

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Cultural exchange in the Kimberley

Cultural exchange in the Kimberley

Parks and Wildlife recently hosted a delegation from China’s Danxiashan National Park. The delegation’s visit is part of the ongoing collaboration and sharing of information under a sister park relationship between Danxiashan National Park and WA’s Purnululu National Park - both World Heritage-listed areas. In Kununurra, the members were given an overview of the management operations of Purnululu National Park and met with Indigenous rangers. They also visited Elephant Rock, Mini Palms Gorge Walk, Kungkalanyi Lookout, Echidna Chasm Walk and Mirima National Park. Back in Perth, the delegation were provided with a cultural experience at Yanchep National Park and met with Environment Minister Albert Jacob. Director General Jim Sharp interviewed delegates Mr Duan Pingbo, Deputy Director of the Danxiashan Administrative Committee of Shaoguan City and…

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