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IT WAS looking dire for the greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis), whose populations have decreased significantly in recent times, but increased efforts by Indigenous ranger groups have uncovered bilby populations across the Kimberley.

FOR the past twenty years Chris Hassell has been unravelling the unique biology of migratory shorebirds in Roebuck Bay and Eighty Mile Beach. 

THE most cutting edge technology is meeting ancient Kimberley rock art in the most comprehensive study of its kind, with researchers hoping the findings may date the art as among the oldest in the world.

EARLY research shows arid Kimberley woodlands may serve as a refuge for endemic animal species badly depleted by toxic cane toads (Rhinella marina) in other habitats.

WITH draft plans released in June this year for a proposed marine park and newly created terrestrial parks around Broome, it is timely to learn the story behind the ground-breaking planning process undertaken.

RADIO carbon data from prehistoric occupation sites are providing insights into Australia’s fluctuating human population levels tens of thousands of years ago.

FIRE management strategies that include low intensity burns in the Kimberley are crucial for survival of the vulnerable golden-backed tree-rat (Mesembriomys macrurus), according to a wildlife expert.

ANTHROPOLOGICAL and historical research with Aboriginal artists and Traditional Owners along the Canning Stock Route has illustrated the importance of dreamtime stories as carriers of important ecological knowledge.

WHILE feral cats have long been considered a major threat to native mammal numbers in the Kimberley, the first study examining the pest’s geographical density has determined cats occur less than once every five square kilometres.

REMOTE, low-grade deposits of platinum group metals (PGMs) can be economically recovered using novel direct leaching approaches, doing away with the need for traditional, expensive smelting operations.

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