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Innovative tracking of critically endangered black cockatoos

September 8th, 2017

Flocks of critically endangered Baudin's cockatoos are being tracked across Western Australia by Murdoch University’s researchers using an innovative double-tag system.

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Aerial approach to feral pig control

June 2nd, 2017

Feral pigs impact agricultural productivity and environmental resources

Western Australian researchers are using thermal sensors attached to aircraft and drones to detect feral pigs, as part of a trial aimed at strengthening management of significant pest animals.

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WA’s biodiversity decline the focus of prestigious PhD scholarship

February 24th, 2017

A Murdoch University student has been awarded the inaugural PhD scholarship by the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI). Rowena Burch will study native mammals and reptiles in the jarrah forests of the South West to determine how they respond to prescribed burns, timber harvesting and to programs aimed at controlling predators such as cats and foxes.

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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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