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High flying technology helping conserve WA’s threatened black cockatoos

June 20th, 2016

A black cockatoo part of the tracking project(Image courtesy Keith Lightbody)

In a world first, researchers at Murdoch University have teamed up with industry to track endangered Carnaby’s cockatoos in the southwest of Western Australia, using state-of-the-art technology developed in the Netherlands that will provide insight into threats to the endangered species.

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Science maximises prawn restocking success

March 8th, 2016

Gobble guts (Pic: Brian Poh)

Murdoch University scientists involved in a project to restock the Swan and Canning Rivers with Western School Prawns have identified a key predator of the juveniles and are using their research findings to maximise prawn survival rates.

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A first for research as social cliques discovered amongst adult females dolphins

February 29th, 2016

A female dolphin and her calf

Ongoing research of a dolphin population in south-western Australia has revealed for the first time, a unique cycle in social bonds between adult female bottlenose dolphins, which is leading to informed conservation for the animals.

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Researchers to track threatened black cockatoos at Murdoch University

August 26th, 2015

Forest red-tailed black cockatoos are being released and tracked at Murdoch University

Six rehabilitated forest red-tailed black cockatoos have been released into Murdoch University’s wild flock in an innovative tracking program.

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New tracking program for Baudin’s cockatoos

August 5th, 2015

A major tracking program for Baudin

Researchers at Murdoch University and the Department of Parks and Wildlife will be releasing nine rehabilitated Baudin’s cockatoos as part of the program and will track the birds’ movements through their range to breeding and foraging sites in the south-west of Western Australia.

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Aerial surveys generate first human activity maps for the Kimberley coast

March 25th, 2015

Human activity spotted on the southern end of Roebuck Bay by Professor Beckley

Professor Lynnath Beckley led a team who developed the first map of human activity along the western Kimberley coast using aerial surveys.

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Enjoy dolphins from a distance, expert says

December 16th, 2014

A Murdoch University dolphin expert has advised that members of the public should enjoy observing dolphins from a distance this summer.

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Measuring impacts of coastal development on humpback whale resting grounds

October 28th, 2014

A collaborative research project is measuring the possible impacts of coastal development on female humpback whales and their calves as they take rest breaks in sheltered waters along Western Australia’s north-west coast.

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Australian marsupial the woylie at risk again

October 6th, 2014

A small Australian marsupial called the woylie or brush-tailed bettong is once again critically endangered as a result of predators, principally cats according to a Murdoch Professor.

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Vet's warning over waking snakes

August 26th, 2014

Early spring-like weather is attracting venomous snakes out of hibernation, pet owners are being warned.

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