Environment & Conservation

THE Kimberley’s Fitzroy River seems to be the world’s capital for the iconic freshwater sawfish (Pristis pristis) whose distinctive “saws” adorn many a study wall and trophy cabinet.

SEAGRASS meadows in Albany’s Oyster Harbour are being used as history books to reveal fluctuating contaminant levels in harbour water throughout the last 3000 years, with a rapid increase in contamination since the 1900s.

THE population of an iconic, endangered WA cockatoo species continues to decline, according to the latest data from one of Australia’s largest citizen science surveys.

A SUPER fungi subset, discovered by scientists in two-million year old soils along WA’s coastal plains, may be the key to plant survival in nutrient deficient soils.

REBOUNDING saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) populations in the north Kimberley which are increasingly venturing into human-populated areas are raising the chances of tourists and locals having spine-tingling encounters with these fear-inducing creatures.

AS WA reels from devastating fires that tore through farmland near Esperance last week, the Climate Council warns the state is facing an above-average bushfire risk this season.

PEOPLE travelling across the Nullarbor Plain nowadays would be used to the region’s arid nature but it may surprise some to learn that climate conditions along the Nullarbor were exactly the opposite approximately 3-5 million years ago.

UNLOCKING how some of this state’s hardiest plants make a living out of the dry crevices on harsh rocky outcrops could help toughen future food crops against drought as water becomes scarcer globally. 

ADVOCATES for mosaic burning practices in the Kimberley’s longstanding debate into fire regimes have received a boost, with recent research finding the striking Gouldian finches (Erythrura gouldiae) thrive on the low-intensity burns.

QUOKKAS (Setonix brachyurus) in the southern forests between Nannup and Denmark are partial to different habitats to their cousins in the northern jarrah forests, highlighting the need for tailored conservation techniques in southern Western Australia.

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