Our trip to Central Queensland

In February, our QTFN ecologists, Felicity Shapland, Renee Rossini and Tanya Pritchard, headed out to Central Queensland for two weeks to conduct ecological surveys on landholders properties. The surveys were part of the Land Restoration Fund pilot projects and were measuring biodiversity co-benefits as part of a proposed carbon farming project. Everything was measured from […]

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2020 Photos: Wildlife in your backyard

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it. — FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF” During COVID-19, Queensland Trust for Nature hosted an activity to get people to stop and look around, and appreciate the world outside of their screens. Go outside and see how many animals […]

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Ten replacement practices for a healthy planet

Two years ago, I made a commitment to better protect my skin from the sun. At the time, the idea of sun baking with no sun cream seemed perfectly reasonable. Today the thought of it horrifies me. In 2018, a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags was introduced in Queensland. When the ban started, I […]

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10 threatened species Queensland Trust for Nature is protecting

Unfortunately, around the world and within Australia, growing demand for housing, agricultural, industrial and coastal development is reducing habitat for wildlife. Among mammals alone, Australia is losing at least one or two species per decade and indications are that this will only accelerate as the impacts of climate change intensify. Queensland is Australia’s most biodiverse […]

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Eco-volunteering on the Great Barrier Reef: Avoid Island

Nothing could have prepared me for the uncanny sense of serenity I felt rambling through the bush searching for weeds on Avoid Island. Sounds of lapping waves and birdsong filled the air and a gentle southerly blew a salty breeze through the trees. A city-slicker from way back, I wasn’t used to the stillness and […]

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Search for the elusive and endangered mahogany glider

It’s a hot sticky summer evening in Wongaling Beach, 2 hours south of Cairns in the tropics of Far North Queensland. The whine of mosquitoes through the flyscreen is a constant reminder of our tropical location and the itchy and scratchy experience that awaits as soon as we step outside. For now, we enjoy the relative peace […]

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It’s all about the little things at QTFN’s first BugCatch at Aroona

Queensland really does have some amazingly diverse native insects and invertebrates that deserve as much attention as our other famous fauna! One example is the Richmond Birdwing butterfly. Found nowhere else but south-east Queensland, the Richmond Birdwing is very picky about the vine it eats as a caterpillar. Unfortunately, it has become increasingly rare due […]

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