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Park staff host Demons' huge hike

The team were greeted by senior traditional owner, Jeffrey Lee Posing for a quick pic with park staff Yesterday’s hike with the Melbourne Demons was a fantastic day for the footy team and Kakadu support staff - lots of amazing memories! We started at sunrise at Nawurlandja where the guys enjoyed a glorious morning with a brilliant view of Nourlangie. Jeffrey Lee, senior traditional owner greeted them and spoke about his country, the importance of walking safely and respect for the land.

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Spectacular Centenary summer at the Gardens

Enjoy a summer evening on the Eucalypt Lawn The Gardens’ summer program of events is our best ever, with music, sunset movies and picnics to look forward to! We’re kicking the Canberra centenary off on Saturday 5 January 2013 with our signature Summer Sounds concert series - a month-long season of live music featuring some of the best band and dance talent in the capital. Pack your own picnic or pre-order your delicious 666 ABC Canberra and Floresco in the Gardens’ concert picnic hamper.

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Demons sweat it out in Kakadu

The demons help the local school children work on their footie technique Learning how to take a mark! AFL club the Melbourne Demons will work up a sweat in Kakadu today as part of their intensive pre-season training. The boys began their nine day training camp in Darwin at Robertson Barracks - arriving in 36 degree heat and 81% humidity! Yesterday the lads held a footy clinic just outside the park in Jabiru where locals and visitors of all ages learned some tips and showed the pros their footie skills.

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Booderee’s new educational resource is fun for all

Children love learning in Booderee Booderee National Park is a natural classroom where students can learn about the environment, human impacts, climate change, marine habitats and much more. To assist teachers we’ve developed a Healthy Learning education kit covering Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), English, Maths, Science and Technology, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) and Drama and Visual Arts. Want to explore why there are more dolphin sightings around the full moon?

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Heartwarming wildlife encounters in Booderee

We are blessed in Booderee National Park with a great diversity of animals of all colours, shapes and sizes. In recent weeks we’ve seen this lovely little echidna shuffling up and down the boardwalk - happily posing for piccies. This echinda happily kept walking when people went past | Booderee National Park But not wanting to be outdone, a few days later came a blonde wallaby who was also happy to pose for a few snaps.

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Hunting a rare plant in Kakadu

Dave Wilson examining a stand of native water hyacinth at Kakadu, photo by Cory Young Scientists from CSIRO have been hard at work in Kakadu, collecting rare plant specimens. They were searching for the elusive native water hyacinth, Monochoria hastata. Kakadu is one of only two places in Australia where this native plant is known to grow, and finding it has taken a bit of leg work!

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Hiltaba Bush Blitz

Graduate Erin Lake I have been lucky enough to be a part of the 16th Bush Blitz expedition to the Gawler Ranges in South Australia, as part of the graduate program with the Department. The Hiltaba and Gawler Ranges Bush Blitz is the fourth for the year, running for two weeks in total. My role was to help organise the field logistics, participant contracts and payments, and to assist as a field officer during the expedition.

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Species discovery at Kakadu

The research team out on the water Kakadu’s research partnerships continue to pay off – a monitoring mission has just discovered what may be new species of fish! The scientists spent a fortnight on the South Alligator River as part of the National Environment Research Program - where they discovered what they believe may be a new species of threadfin salmon, and the possibility of new species of tongue soles.

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Booderee send-off for conservationists of the future

The Booderee Botanic Gardens' team with the school-based apprentices Congrats to Indigenous students Jordan Roberts, Nathan Kozes and James Mundy for successfully completing school-based apprenticeships with Booderee National Park! We celebrated the boys’ achievements with a barbecue in our Botanic Gardens. The three boys have successfully completed Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management and over 100 days of work experience in the Park Friends, family, members of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community, Auswide services, Vincentia High School and park staff watched on as the students received their Higher Schools Certificate.

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Red crab migration begins on Christmas Island

Red crabs use a crab tunnel to get safely to the beach on Christmas Island Christmas Island’s red crabs have begun their annual breeding migration! This follows heavy and sustained island wide rainfalls over the last few days. At the beginning of the wet season (usually October – December), most adult red crabs suddenly begin a spectacular migration from the forest to the coast to breed and spawn (release their eggs into the sea).

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