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Students see start of new life at Flatback Bivouac

Students see start of new life at Flatback Bivouac

Year 9 students from Mt Isa, Roma, Dalby and Bundaberg spent 2 nights at our Avoid Island Nature Refuge in January (2019) for our 4th Flatback Bivouac. This was the first time students selected from the Wonder of Science program have witnessed nesting season.

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After seeing flatback turtles emerging from their nests, the budding scientists worked alongside Dr Nancy FitzSimmons weighing and measuring hatchlings. Three clutches emerged whilst the students were on the beach and they released over 70 hatchlings into the sea. We’ll share results from this year’s Flatback turtle survey in April (2019).

Joining Forces to build cassowary connections

Joining Forces to build cassowary connections

QTFN has joined forces again with (C4) Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation organisation to secure more habitat for cassowaries.

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We were pleased to acquire part of a significant wildlife corridor at Smiths Gap, north of Tully. Over 10,000 trees will now be planted to provide safe avenues for cassowary movement, in partnership with C4 and Terrain NRM.

Tinana Koala research project

Tinana Koala research project

QTFN’s Conservation Manager, Tanya Pritchard is excited to be working alongside Dr Bill Ellis on the Tinana Koala Research Project.

In many areas of the Fraser Coast local koala populations are decreasing.

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The Tinana area (near Maryborough) is experiencing rapid urban development; at the same time, there is a lack of scientific research and monitoring programs focussed on koalas and their habitat in this area.

This research project will help to gauge the current status of the koala population in this area and provide a broader understanding of the health of koalas in the Maryborough district of the Fraser Coast.

We know the poorly studied koala population has regional importance, and this research will give us the information and tools to better protect them.

Totally Wild

Totally Wild

Our favourite kid’s wildlife show, Totally Wild, filmed episodes on two QTFN properties in 2017!

The elusive brush-tailed rock wallaby was the star of two episodes filmed at

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Aroona. Four episodes were made with 10 lucky year nine students and Wonder of Science ambassadors attending Flatback Bivouac at Avoid Island.

Watch episodes here:

Season 24 – episode 146 (about 20 mins and 20 seconds in)

Season 24 – episode 147 (about 12 mins in)

Season 25 – episode 24 (about 4 mins 55 seconds in)

Sandy and Purga Creek Koala Research Project

Sandy and Purga Creek Koala Research Project

Queensland Trust for Nature, Scenic Rim Regional Council, the New Hope Group and UQ’s Koala Ecology Group partnered to undertake important koala research in the Peak Crossing area.

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Our research aims to investigate habitat use of koalas along Sandy and Purga Creeks, between the Flinders-Goolman Reserve and the town of Peak Crossing. GPS tracking devices placed on koalas will monitor their movements over several months. Data retrieved from collars fitted to koalas we capture in the study will describe movement patterns and reveal which sites are most popular.

Can you help? We need access to properties between the 12 and 14 March. We are also interested in recent koala sightings in the Peak Crossing area. For more information about participating in the study please email Felicity Shapland [email protected]

New Hope Group at Avoid Island

New Hope Group at Avoid Island

In November 2017, we had the pleasure of hosting a group of corporate volunteers from the New Hope Group.

During their two-day trip to Avoid Island, the enthusiastic team rolled up their sleeves and got hands-on with recording

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species data as well as habitat restoration and beach clean-up activities. These activities are critical at the beginning of flatback turtle nesting season to ensure the beaches are free of marine debris that the turtles (and other marine life) could ingest. Restoration work also included removing weeds that can prevent access to nesting beaches for the turtles.

Aroona Reptile Survey

Aroona Reptile Survey

On a very wet weekend in October 2017, 50 dedicated volunteers braved the weather to take part in our annual reptile and amphibian survey at Aroona.

Our participants discovered six frog species and eight new reptile species

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that hadn’t been found at the property previously. But the icing on the (soggy) cake was our first sighting of a koala at Aroona!

The data collected during this survey will be used to inform the management of the property and has been provided to Queensland’s WildNet database. Once identified, species were released exactly where they were captured.

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