booderee national park

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World Ranger Day

Meet Kaylene McLeod, one of our newest ranger recruits! From reintroducing species that have been locally extinct for almost a century to battling the scourge of bitou bush along our coastlines and welcoming tourists from around the globe, there is never a dull moment as a Booderee National Park ranger. Becoming a ranger in January 2017, Kaylene is a local from the Wreck Bay Community. Her family has been integral in caring for Booderee National Park since its establishment in 1995.

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Red rock to black rock

Ranger Matt Hudson recently left Booderee National Park (where he’s worked for 16 years), and headed to the desert for a second stint helping out at Uluru as head of the Cultural and Resources ranger team. There is rarely a dull moment for rangers working in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with wildlife conservation and land management demanding constant attention. The mala paddock is one of the park’s key projects. A 170 hectare area has been cleared of rabbits, cats and foxes to create a safe fenced environment for the park’s threatened mala (rufous hare-wallaby).

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Amphibious chorus follows heavy rain at Booderee

Spring is here, the nights are getting warmer and the frog calls louder at Booderee. Following some of the highest rainfall recorded in a decade, we’ve been hearing the dulcet and not so dulcet tones of the 17 frog species in the park. The striped march frog sounds like someone whacking two pieces of wood together, the eastern froglet makes a creaking noise and Tyler’s toadlet makes a single croak.

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Fox control continues

[](images/242-outfoxed-with-matt-and-chicko.jpg) Teaching our school holiday program 'Outfoxed' 'Outfoxed' introduces children to the protection of native species Rangers don’t particularly enjoy the eradication of animals – but unfortunately, it is a necessary part of protecting many native species. Foxes pose one of the biggest threats to native animals in Booderee. All medium-sized mammals, shorebirds and ground dwelling birds like the Eastern Bristle Bird are at risk from these introduced predators.

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Potoroos settling in at Booderee

At the end of October last year we transferred 27 long-nosed potoroos to suitable habitat in Booderee National Park after they had been extinct in the area for many years. Since the translocation we’ve been monitoring the population closely, using camera and cage traps to determine their survival. The potoroos have had us guessing the last couple of weeks. We didn’t see any potoroos for about three weeks, but we did see a red fox.

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Whale play blows visitor away

The story and images we received from Booderee visitor Maree were too fantastic to keep to ourselves. I’m completely blown away by the experience I had on Dolphin Watch’s ‘Extreme’. I got to witness the magic bond between mother and calf near Murrays Boat Ramp, Booderee National Park. The mum seemed happy enough to let junior ‘play’ close to the boat. At times the calf rolled over and over, slapping both pec fins lazily in all directions, whilst eyeballing us.

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Junior rangers explore visitor impacts

The kids talked about how long it takes rubbish to break down The rangers collected rubbish left by visitors The junior rangers are following in Rose's footsteps After greeting me with a cuddle, junior rangers from Jervis Bay school were as excited as I was to be out exploring again. This time we were investigating human impact on the natural environment at Green Patch.

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Birds of Booderee

Every time I visit the Booderee Botanic Gardens I am astounded by the variety of birdlife - and how unfazed they are by human presence. The fairy-wrens happily hopped up to within a metre of me, cheekily eyeing me before continuing on their journey. The Casuarina Lawn is a wonderful place to see all manner of birds finding some lunch. Keep an eye out for kookaburras perching in the branches, surveilling the lawns for lizards, worms and other tasty morsels.

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Photographers love Booderee

Gang-gang cockatoo Photographers can’t get enough of Booderee National Park - and here’s why! The wildlife is abundant, and the landscape constantly presents unexpected photo opportunities. Vincentia resident Maree Clout sent us these pictures she took in the park this winter - and we think you’ll agree they’re spectacular. Just look at that handsome red and black snake! And the satin bowebird’s elegant bower display for his potential mate.

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Waiting for the sun

Hole in the Wall | Booderee National Park One of the shots I always wanted to capture at Booderee was the sun setting through Hole in the Wall, but I was never there at the right time of year for the sun to line up properly. On a visit to the park this winter everything finally lined up. I had beautiful weather - and a cracking sunset peeping through the Hole.

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