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Heavenly Aurora Australis in Booderee

Aurora Australis from Booderee | Corinne le Gall Out of this world! | Aurora Australis and the Milky Way seen from Booderee | Corinne le Gall I live right on the doorstep of Booderee National Park and it’s a great place to take pictures. Last week I was delighted to capture these rare images of Aurora Australis from the park. It’s very unusual to see it so far north - it’s much more likely to be seen down south in Tasmania, but Booderee has plenty of beautiful moments waiting to be captured, so I wasn’t too surprised to see the stunning night sky.

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Island-wide survey complete

Who could resist a pic of this booby? Field program coordinator Tanya Detto goes the extra mile to check for a potential cave opening Christmas Island National Park staff have worked west to east and bottom to top, collecting data on yellow crazy ants, red crabs and weeds in the seventh island-wide survey. It took four months to complete over the tough terrain, with teams visiting about 1,100 sites across the 135 square kilometre island, checking the status of threatened species like emerald doves and the endemic fern Tectaria devexa var.

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Protecting hooded plovers on Booderee’s beaches

The clever raven’s place in folklore is long and fascinating At Booderee we are trying a new approach to protecting the endangered hooded plovers that nest and forage in the park. The great news is that following intensive fox control the population of hooded plovers has grown - there are now up to 13 birds using the beach at any one time. However, their position is still precarious.

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Weaving windsongs and waterlines

Canberra Museum and Gallery will host a display of Wreck Bay artworks from 29 June – 24 August 2013 ‘Windsongs and Waterlines - where is, what is Wreck Bay?’ celebrates the Wreck Bay Aboriginal community’s cultural heritage and connections to Canberra and its centenary. It’s a closed community and the only Aboriginal community reserve in the ACT so the workshop was a rare opportunity to learn more about the area’s story.

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My Booderee photo album

I was lucky enough to recently spend some time at Booderee National Park taking some fresh photos for our collection. What an amazing place! I thought I would share a few of the favourite photos I took while I was there and the stories behind them. One place I spent a bit of time was the old Cape St George lighthouse ruin. It was a long day grabbing these shots as I was up very early and out until the sky was nice and dark.

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Giant petrel enjoys some extra tucker

An impressive looking size - but Andre was about a kilo underweight We get our fair share of exciting visitors in Booderee - the park is a biodiversity hotspot. Whether they’ve been washed ashore or seem to have lost their way, these creatures are often helped homeward by the love and dedication of volunteers. This spectacular bird, nicknamed Andre, was noticed by a visitor at Cave Beach who thought it was an unusual species to be in the area and gave Wildlife Rescue a call.

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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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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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New research to better understand our little penguins

Sandra and a volunteer prepare to take a blood sample University of New South Wales PhD student Sandra Vogel is monitoring around 5,000 little penguins on Bowen Island to better understand how the birds breed and survive. Sandra is studying Bowen Island’s colony and three other major little penguin colonies off the New South Wales coast in an attempt to discover if the four colonies are interbreeding. Previous studies have suggested no interbreeding occurs but using advanced testing techniques Sandra will compare the penguins’ genetic signature and confirm whether this is actually the case.

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