Wed 29 Oct 2014


WA Maritime Museum

Presented by Ron Johnstone, Curator Ornithology, Western Australian Museum

Part of the WA Museum’s 2014 In the Wild West Lecture Series

Seabirds are great bio-indicators of the marine environment from the equator to the poles. The Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean covering 20% of the earth’s surface. Over the past 40 years there have been dynamic changes in the distributions, status and abundance of many of the seabirds occurring in Western Australia and the eastern Indian Ocean region including Indonesia, Christmas and Cocos-Keeling Islands, the Timor Sea, the Southern Ocean and the sub-Antarctic.

The Western Australian region has an extremely rich seabird fauna including a mixture of residents, non-breeding visitors and some of the most important seabird rookeries in the world. Join Ron Johnstone and John Darnell as they provide an overview of our sense of place in this region, and look at some of the historical changes in the birdlife including the invasion southwards of many tropical species and the impacts of climate change and humans on our marine avifauna.

COST: Entry by donation
BOOKINGS: Essential on 1300 134 081 or using the link below.

Online Booking

A Pacific Gull swimming in the shoreline

Pacific Gull

Photograph courtesy of Peter Mortimer

Getting Here

Google map of Western Australian Museum - Fremantle


Victoria Quay,
Western Australia,

1300 134 081

Google map of Western Australian Museum - Fremantle

By Train
The WA Maritime Museum is located within walking distance of Fremantle Station visit the Transperth website for timetables.

By Bus
The WA Maritime Museum is serviced by the free Fremantle Cat Service, at stop 24. Visit the Transperth website for timetables and details.

By Car
Paid parking is available in the City of Fremantle car park just outside the WA Shipwrecks Museum. Additional paid parking is available in the Wilsons car park at the WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay which is a short walk from the WA Shipwrecks Museum.

By Ferry
Captain Cook Cruises offer a range of ferry services from Perth which stop nearby at B-Shed ferry terminal.

Comprehensive accessibility information about the WA Maritime Museum can be found on the Access WA website.