Today Leap into Nature visited Woodlands Historic Park in Greenvale. It was totally worth the little bit of extra driving for a sun-filled morning and inspiring session with Conservation Volunteers Threatened Species Manager Travis.
We started with a nice stroll along the track up to the 'Back Paddock' spotting Kangaroos and joeys along the way. We met up with Travis, and he explained to us the plight of the threatened Eastern Barred Bandicoot. A small number of bandicoots were introduced to the park last year, and now their is about 100 bandicoots calling the back paddock conservation reserve home. He told us all about the grassy homes they live in, the insects they eat and how short their gestation period is - just 2 weeks (all of the mums and mums to be were very envious!). As they are nocturnal animals we had to use other methods of finding evidence of these wonderful animals.
So we got down among the Kangaroo Grasses and searched for scratchings and diggings.... we found heaps! Fresh ones and old ones - which was great to know they are very active in the area and finding plenty of food!
Then it was time for exploration, walkabout's, chasing bunnies, butterfly hunting, and a little bit of relaxation time under the beautiful grey box woodlands that surrounded us.