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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