Latest news from the region

NATIVE reptiles in the remote East Kimberley have been taught by scientists and Indigenous Rangers to avoid dining on toxic cane toads (Rhinella marina), which would otherwise make for the natural predator’s last meal.

THE weather gods conspired to provide a rare chance to survey a remote and rarely visited section of north Kimberley reef recently, with footage that will inform the future study of reefs through climate change.

Published in Fisheries & Water

GROWING crops in the West Kimberley appears to be one step closer after recent findings that groundwater resources in the region will support agricultural development.

Published in Agriculture & Food

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.

ABORIGINAL rangers have joined forces with scientists to determine for the first time the distribution and abundance of dugongs (Dugong dugon) that inhabit the Kimberley’s remote waters and act as a food source for indigenous people.

WHEN manta rays (Mobulidae) are sighted along Broome’s beautiful coast, there’s always great excitement and sharing of photos on social media. So a presentation by manta ray researchers visiting Broome in October, brought manta fans out in droves.

Published in Fisheries & Water

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.

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.

BROOME householders, businesses and agencies are closer to being able to preserve fragile, unique ecological communities in the region while conserving the town’s natural heritage as it develops.

IT IS difficult to imagine a positive outcome from the spread of the highly destructive cane toad (Rhinella marinus) but research shows with the toad’s spread some animal numbers may be increasing, including an endangered bird species.    

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