Articles by Vanessa Westcott (12 articles)

Birriliburu and Kiwirrkurra Rangers head to Canberra

The National Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews invited Indigenous Rangers Rita Cutter, Nolia Napangarti-Ward and her daughter Jodie Ward to Canberra. He asked them to speak about the important work Indigenous Rangers are undertaking across Australia to protect threatened species, manage threats such as feral cats and foxes and strengthen their cultural knowledge and connection to country. Read more »

Birriliburu Indigenous partnership update

The Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area (IPA), home of the Martu people, consists of 6.6 million hectares of desert country (approximately the size of Tasmania!) north of Wiluna in Western Australia. Bush Heritage Australia has been in partnership with the Traditional Owners of the Birriliburu IPA for the past two years. Together with Central Desert Land and Community, Bush Heritage Australia has been working to further develop the Birriliburu conservation and land… Read more »

Trapdoor spiders

Last weekend at Eurardy Reserve (WA) ecologist Vanessa Westcott was working with the Citizen Science volunteers when they spotted the home of a trapdoor spider. The twigs and leaf litter radiating out from the burrow are fastened with web to the rim of the hole. They're used as ‘trip lines’ so insects walking by can be detected! Read more »

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