Environment & Conservation

Rock wallabies return

22/06/2016 - 06:00

THE stunning environs of Kalbarri National Park are alive once again with the presence of black-flanked rock-wallabies (Petrogale lateralis) after Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) staff and volunteers released 23 new wallabies into the gorge in May.

INDUSTRIAL saltworks in the Pilbara and an unusual saltwater lake in the Gascoyne have been identified as unlikely but important pit stops and feeding grounds for migrating shorebirds.

LOOK at the world-renowned stromatolites protruding from saline seas at Hamelin Pool in Shark Bay and you could be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss is about.

A HEALTH check of beaches near Geraldton has revealed northern areas closer to the port are severely eroded while the southern beaches are quite stable.

EVIDENCE of early humans dining on the eggs of Australia’s now extinct giant flightless bird may start to resolve the longstanding debate over what caused this and other megafauna’s demise on this continent.

NOT all endangered Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) were made equal with recent research finding certain local turtle embryos can automatically cope with environmental heat better than others.

THE frisky male jewel beetles (Julidomorpha saundersi), which made headlines in the 1980s for attempting to mate with discarded beer stubbies, seem to be at it again—only this time they are targeting fluoro-coloured safety equipment.

UNDERSTANDING how WA plants live and thrive in a certain soil type has been the focus of a recent review by scientists and the findings may help rehabilitate the environment, especially mined areas.

THE WA nature conservation community is abuzz with excitement with the rediscovery of black-flanked rock-wallabies (Petrogale lateralis lateralis) in Kalbarri National Park after two decades of presumed local extinction.

SCIENTISTS will seek to understand the complex and interconnected processes that enable one of the world’s most biodiverse plant communities to survive in some of the planet’s poorest soils, in a three-year project conducted in the Mid West’s Kwongan shrublands.

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