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Our threatened species team take on feral cats in Kakadu

You may have seen in the media a study by researchers under the Australian Government’s National Science Environment Program found that feral cats now occupy more than 99.8 per cent of Australia. Feral cats pose one of the biggest threats to our small native mammals. Unfortunately the Top End of Australia is not immune. That’s why Kakadu’s threatened species team have been developing an efficient strategy for management of feral cats.

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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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Recognise signs of dehydration

Temperatures regularly reach 30 degrees Celsius or more at Uluru. Over the summer period (October to March) there is a risk of serious heat-related incidents when walking in the park. When it’s very hot it’s important to walk only in the cooler parts of the day - in summer we strongly recommend you walk only in the early morning before 11.00 am. For your safety, portions of the Uluru base walk are closed in high risk areas, where extreme heat and exposure is the greatest.

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Stay safe in Uluru's extreme temperatures

Uluru is both a beautiful, and harsh, environment. Temperatures regularly reach 30 degrees Celcius - and when they reach 36 degrees Celcius we call them extreme temperatures. Heat exhaustion and dehydration are very real dangers here. These simple steps will help to keep you and your family safe while out walking in our park. What to wear Wear a wide-brimmed hat, good quality sunglasses, strong shoes and sunscreen Eating and drinking Carry and drink at least one litre of water per person per hour We don’t recommend you drink sports drinks, diet cordials or caffeinated drinks as they can contribute to dehydration Eat regular meals, take frequent breaks and eat healthy snacks Consider taking an electrolyte product with you such as Hydralyte / Gastrolyte to replace lost fluids https://www.

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Lightning season cracks over Kakadu

Lightning over Lake Jabiru | Peter Keepence Lasting for sometimes hours at a time, breathtaking lightning shows have begun thundering across the Top End of the Northern Territory in what is known as Lightning Season. Now is the best time to witness this seasonal spectacle which provides ample opportunities for both amateur and professional photographers, who flock to Kakadu during this time, specifically for lightning photo opportunities.

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The red crab migration in numbers

50 million The number of red crabs on Christmas Island! 100,000 The eggs a single female can brood 116 Maximum red crab body shell (carapace) size in millimetres 100 Possible density of female crabs per square metre when spawning 31 Underpasses installed 20 Kilometres of barriers Red crab migration - blue fence 12-13 Days females brood their eggs in a moist burrow

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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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Encounter culture at the Cultural Centre

Guest blogger Maree Clout spent some time exploring Anangu life and history at Uluru’s Cultural Centre The excitement of reaching your final destination of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park starts in your belly the moment you take the turn-off from the Stuart Highway onto the Lasseter Highway at Erldunda. This is the moment you realise that your first glimpse of the magnificent Uluru and Kata Tjuta will magically appear at any time.

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11 Ways the Red Crab Migration is Awesome

Sir David Attenborough called it one of the ‘most astonishing and wonderful sights’. Here’s why! 1. About 50 million red crabs live on Christmas Island – the only place in the world where they are found. 2. The migration begins with the start of the wet season (usually October to December) and is fixed to a particular lunar phase. It can only happen before dawn on a receding high tide during the last quarter of the moon!

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Whale-watching best at Booderee

Each year humpback whales and southern right whales make an epic journey to Queensland waters to breed. Then in the northern hemisphere spring they head back to Antarctic waters with their newborns. At these times of year visitors flock to Booderee to try and catch a glimpse of these enchanting, impressive creatures in the waters of Jervis Bay. The whales don’t disappoint. Large pods often appear, and whales regularly come into the bays and close to shore where they breach and play, with their calves close by.

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