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Perennial Mission Grass is well-established across the Top End of the Northern Territory. Its stronghold is in the Darwin-Daly region, but it is also found in north-east Arnhem Land, on the Tiwi Islands and as far south as Daly Waters. Originally from tropical Africa, it was brought to Australia as a pasture species that is palatable when young or well-fertilized, and because of its ability to colonise disturbed sites. Though officially released in Queensland, its escape into the wild in the Northern Territory at Berrimah in the 1970s was apparently accidental.

A wetland is any non-marine environment that is, to some extent, water-dominated. Wetlands can be comprised of standing water, such as in a lake; of flowing water, as in a stream or estuary; or merely of water that saturates the soil for significant periods. They may be fresh or saline, and fed by tidal waters, stream flow or groundwater.
Wetlands may be permanent, or last only a few weeks each year, or a few months every decade or so. Wetlands include the riparian zone and floodplains along creeks and rivers and the vegetation growing in them.

What it looks like: Male Gouldian Finches are small multi-coloured birds with black or red heads, violet breasts and yellow bellies. Females and young birds are mostly green. Gouldian Finches are found in small or large flocks, often with other finch species, and can most easily be seen at waterholes.

What it looks like: The Masked Owl is a large, speckled bird with big, dark eyes and a narrow pointed bill set in a pale, flat, heart-shaped face. Its chest and belly are white or chestnut, and its back and wings are dark grey to brown. It has strong-clawed, well-feathered legs. It calls with a combination of loud shrieks and whistles.

What it looks like: The King Fern, elsewhere known as the Giant Fern, is a distinctive large ground-dwelling fern with massive green fronds arising from a short or non-existent trunk.