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Community bands together to help protect numbats and woylies

Community bands together to help protect numbats and woylies

Community efforts to protect numbats and woylies from foxes and feral cats have ramped up in the Wheatbelt following the announcement of a new partnership agreement. As part of the Dryandra Numbat Woylie (Predator Control) project, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has partnered with the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council and Project Numbat to support landholders and give threatened species a fighting chance of survival in the Dryandra Woodland. The partnerships will help maximise the benefit of baiting and other targeted control programs in the Dryandra Woodland by encouraging adjacent landholders to undertake feral predator control work in conjunction with the department. The original project started in 2015 when woylie and numbat populations were continuing to decline.  In addition to the ongoing baiting by…

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Whale watching safety along the Perth coast

Whale watching safety along the Perth coast

As whales begin their southern migration back to cooler waters, onlookers are being reminded to keep a safe distance from these majestic animals to ensure they can be enjoyed by everyone. Three southern right whales, including a mother and calf, have been attracting attention off Perth beaches since last week, where they were seen resting about 100m from the shore of Watermans Bay in Marmion Marine Park. Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) marine park coordinator Mel Evans said while it’s spectacular to watch, and a common sight at this time of year to see humpback and southern right whales, disturbing them can cause distress. “Southern right whales will spend considerable amounts of time resting near the surface of the water close to shore…

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Safety distances required when within 300m of a whale

Whale watching safety in the Kimberley

Humpback whale migration and calving season has begun in the Kimberley region with these giants of the sea putting on a show for visitors and residents. While spectacular to watch, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) is reminding people in recreational vessels to keep a safe distance from the humpback whales. DBCA Parks and Wildlife Service West Kimberley district manager Craig Olejnik said it was important that people on boats were not risking their safety and the safety of the animals by getting too close. “WA’s humpback whale population has continued to recover over the last 50 years with more than 30,000 swimming past the Kimberley coast from July through to September,” Mr Olejnik said. “It is a fantastic time for spotting whales…

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Chuditch population going strong at Julimar

Chuditch population going strong at Julimar

Monitoring at Julimar State Forest has confirmed that the site is home to one of the healthiest known chuditch populations in Western Australia. Native animal monitoring and 1080 fox baiting has been undertaken at Julimar since 1992 and is delivered by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ (DBCA) flagship fauna recovery program, Western Shield. DBCA Parks and Wildlife Service officer Rebecca Kay said the chuditch is a threatened native species and is vulnerable to predation by the feral European red fox. Ms Kay said the number of chuditch captured during annual monitoring in July showed that fox baiting in the area was having a positive effect on native animals. “The recent fauna trapping undertaken by staff from the Perth Hills district at Julimar State…

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10-year plan for Albany’s iconic conservation reserves

10-year plan for Albany’s iconic conservation reserves

•State Government releases management plan for Albany coast parks and reserves•Area extends along the coast and hinterland from Hay River in the west to the Pallinup River in the north-east, and includes nine island nature reserves The McGowan Government has today released the final plan for coast parks and reserves around Albany. The plan replaces the Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve Management Plan 1995, West Cape Howe National Park Management Plan 1995 and the South Coast Regional Management Plan 1992. Albany coast parks and reserves are well known for their high conservation, recreation and heritage values and include several large, intact conservation reserves that protect high plant species diversity and important habitat for threatened flora and fauna such as the critically endangered Gilbert's potoroo. The…

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