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Protecting Parks Australia’s migratory waterbirds

Sooty terns, Ashmore Reef. Image: Department of the Environment and Energy Today in Singapore two of Australia’s important sites for migratory waterbirds, Ashmore Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve and Pulu Keeling National Park, received global recognition. Both sites, managed by Parks Australia, have been added to the East-Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership network. Launched in November 2006, this voluntary partnership between countries aims to protect migratory waterbirds, their habitat and the livelihoods of all the people who depend on them.

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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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Fever of Australian cownose rays video-bomb marine research

This extraordinary underwater video of a school of Australian cownose rays (rhinopteridae) – collectively known as a ‘fever’ – shows the richness of life in our protected waters. Captured using a baited remote underwater video (BRUV) during research at Pimpernel Rock in the Solitary Islands Marine Reserve off NSW’s mid-north coast – the intention was to survey species’ diversity and abundance, and boy - what an abundance! https://youtu.be/GFPAoqazhmk Snapper, mado and yellowtail scad are seen swimming around the BRUV before a sweep of rays moves into the background.

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Smoke on the rock

Warren Brown was in the right place at the right time when he captured this spectacular image. This amazing photo of a cloud over Uluru in the heart of Australia’s impressive Red Centre has captured the world. Higher than a 100 storey building – Uluru rises about 340 metres above the surrounding plain giving us dramatic sights such as this. Journalist/film maker Warren Brown was in the right place at the right time when he captured the picture with his phone, before it disappeared.

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Is it a bird? Is it a branch? It’s a tawny frogmouth! How many can you see?

Tawny frogmouths photographed by Wayne Longmore Check out this amazing photo taken by Wayne Longmore during a Bush Blitz at Neds Corner Station in Victoria… our latest internet sensation! Found right across Australia, the poor tawny frogmouth is often mistaken for an owl because of its nocturnal antics and similar colouring. During the day they rest, cleverly camouflaging themselves to look like part of a branch.

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Team-work cleans up Coral Sea

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oBlDv6Ot7Y Scientists, NGOs and Government staff went out to the Coral Sea to remove marine debris and look for new species. Follow their adventure in this inspiring video that shows the beauty of the landscape and its wildlife, and the hard work of the teams involved. Tanya, Parks Australia

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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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Just another day on the job

Rangers at Uluru-Kata Tjuta learn a wide range of unusual skills out in the desert environment. We were challenged to test our courage while attending a snake-handling course this week. We spent a day with Rex Neindorf from the Alice Springs Reptile Centre learning how to safely capture and relocate some of the world’s most deadly snakes away from visitor hotspots and roadsides if needed. As the weather warms up, snakes will be enticed from hibernation in search of ideal sunbaking spots like roads, where they are in danger of being struck by passing cars.

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Kakadu National Park rangers win Ranger of the Year Award

From left, park manager Pete Cotsell with Fred Hunter, Joseph May, Timothy Henda, David Brown, Anthony Mann  How many people can honestly say they have worked non-stop on a project for 10 years? 15 years? Even 25 years? For more than 25 years the Kakadu National Park Integrated Ferals Team has worked hard at keeping our World Heritage Areas free of what Ranger Fred Hunter calls the smartest plant in Australia.

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Lessons under a tree in Kakadu

I spent the morning with two very well respected cultural men painting under the trees at Bowali. There is something very special about joining a senior artist and cultural teacher for a painting session. In doing so, you are participating in a cultural activity that has taken place since time began - and it’s not what you think you’ve signed up for! Graham Rostron’s story as told by Mikaela Jade.

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