• The Good Dirt Premiere 🌟 + 2018 Annual Report
    on February 5, 2019 at 5:49 am

    The Good Dirt Premiere 🌟 + 2018 Annual Report View this email in your browser Welcome to The Good Dirt issue #1!  2019 is off to a cracking start and we are pleased to introduce The Good Dirt, Queensland Trust for Nature's new monthly insider. We’ll be posting news, updates, announcements and opportunities to get involved.  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 last week for our 4th Flatback Bivouac.  This was the first time students selected from the Wonder of Science program have witnessed hatchling rather than nesting season. 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 years Flatback turtle survey in a few months.  Wonder of Science Young Science Ambassadors, QTFN Ecologist Felicity Shapland, Dr Nancy FitzSimmons and Year 9 students from regional Queensland. Koala's hanging out at our cattle station It's always a thrill to see koalas on our properties!  This is particularly true in the Ipswich Region where home ranges are larger than on the coast making koalas much harder to spot regularly. It was great to see this fella enjoying the continually improving koala habitat at QTFN’s Aroona reserve. Aroona is a critical link in an important biodiversity corridor in the Little Liverpool Range. Seeing more koalas at Aroona is an exciting and encouraging sign for our ecology team who work tirelessly to improve the quality of koala habitat at Aroona.  Keep your eye out for issue #2 of The Good Dirt for opportunities to participate in koala surveys and tree-planting at Koala Crossing. Engaging Queensland's Next Generation Huge thanks to CommBank for supporting Camp Koala for the second year. We were stoked to receive another cheque from the CommBank Grassroots Grants after being selected by more than 13,500 CommBank staff who give regular donations from their pay. Camp Koala is an inspiring overnight camp providing kids with real-world classroom experiences to learn about threats facing Queensland’s koalas. We deliver the camp in collaboration with the Wonder of Science program which has a particular focus on Queensland’s rural, regional and indigenous students who don’t often receive the same opportunities as kids in metropolitan schools. Professor Alastair McEwan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Training), University of Queensland, Jenny Scott, CommBank UQ Branch, Robyn Bull, Director Wonder of Science, Nerida Bradley, Executive General Manager QLD Trust for Nature,  Natalie McKirdy, Program Officer Wonder of Science 2018 Annual Report Download the QTFN Annual Report to find out what kept us busy in 2018. We hope you enjoy reading about our achievements and contribution to securing Queensland's biodiversity for future generations. DOWNLOAD QTFN'S 2018 ANNUAL REPORT Copyright © 2018 Queensland Trust For Nature, All rights reserved.Our mailing address is: [email protected] Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. This email was sent to <<Email Address>> why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences Queensland Trust For Nature · GPO Box 162 · Brisbane, Qld 4001 · Australia […]

  • 🎄 🎅 Christmas giving the QTFN way 🎁
    on December 14, 2018 at 6:10 am

    🎄 🎅 Christmas giving the QTFN way 🎁 View this email in your browser Merry Christmas 🎄 Thank you to everyone who has supported us in 2018. Being the most biodiverse state with the highest listing of threatened species it is so important that we continue our work to protect our unique species through landscape-level actions. In the spirit of Christmas giving, we have chosen 12 significant highlights from 2018 to give you a taste of our year at Queensland Trust for Nature. One Camp Koala We delivered our first Camp Koala in partnership with Wonder of Science in April 2018. With financial support from CommBank, 20 Year 6 students from the Logan area spent two days at QTFN’s working cattle-property Aroona. Highlights included spotting an endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby, eating marshmallows under the stars and watching koala detection dog Taz in action. Camp Koala will be held annually at Aroona until 2020. Three new staff! Our small team almost doubled this year with Craig Carter, Lucy Lang and Dr Renee Rossini joining us. Visit our website to learn more about these three extraordinary individuals who bring passion, talent and diverse skills to QTFN.   $5 M donation   We were thrilled this year to receive the donation of the balance of our cattle property, Aroona. This brings the total value of the Dr Robin and Kathleen Stock’s donation to over $5 million, making it one of the most significant donations in Queensland history. Lot 66 and Ant Plant – two of six properties QTFN has protected for cassowaries Lot 66 was permanently protected as Cassowary Connections Nature Refuge this year, providing a permanent home for cassowaries around the Mission Beach area. In July, QTFN purchased Ant Plant Reserve in East Feluga Far North Queensland, our sixth property dedicated to the protection of cassowaries. 8000 Facebook followers   QTFN's digital channels saw continued growth in 2018, with over 8000 followers of our Facebook page! Our online community is passionate about protecting Queensland’s threatened species and they appreciate hearing about our on-ground conservation work. If you aren’t already a QTFN Facebook follower, what are you waiting for?! Ten grants contributing over $100,000 towards research and on-ground work   Grant funding supports research into better conserving species on QTFN reserves, on-ground work and community events.. Projects funded in 2018 include research into Mahogany Gliders and fire ecology at Ant Plant, as well as our Queensland Women’s Week community event, More Green Time Less Screen Time. Funding to maintain healthy landscapes at Aroona and Avoid Island supported land management restoration, weed removal and restoring threatened species habitat. Two weeks fighting fires at Koala Crossing As part of an unprecedented state-wide fire emergency in November 2018, QTFN’s dedicated ecologists worked alongside Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, fire crews from interstate and Fireland Consultancy to contain a fire at our Koala Crossing property. With strong winds and temperatures reaching up to 60 degrees near the heart of the fire, the support of these professionals assisted our team to protect the property and prevent damage to plantations and wildlife. 4.4 million hectares of private protected areas across Queensland There are 4.4 million hectares of existing private protected areas in Queensland. More than 500 landholders have dedicated their land to permanently protect ecological values. In 2018 QTFN worked with the Pew Charitable Trusts and Bush Heritage Australia to review the Nature Refuges program and its ability to deliver large scale, effective conservation outcomes. Seven years monitoring Flatback Turtles on Avoid Island   This year marked seven years of data collection on the flatback turtles of Avoid Island. Findings from the survey will add to critical baseline data about flatback turtles so we can better understand the impacts of coastal development and climate change.  Avoid Island is the third most important nesting site for flatback turtles in Queensland and the only site without light pollution and impacts from introduced predators. The Queensland Turtle Conservation Project is conducted in a partnership between the Queensland Department of Environment and Science, Gladstone Ports Corporation and Griffith University.   955 threatened species   QTFN’s activities have directly contributed to the protection of one-quarter of Queensland’s 955 threatened species. This year, we confirmed previously unsighted species living and thriving on our reserves including the cassowary, ant plant, chestnut mouse and several threatened plants including Callitris baileyi. Camera trapping and koala surveys suggest that koala populations on our reserves are healthy and increasing. Level 11, 116 Adelaide Street, Brisbane   That's right, we have a new office! We are now located at Level 11, 116 Adelaide Street, Brisbane this year to be closer to our business and project partners. Everything we do at Queensland Trust for Nature is done in partnership with others and if you would like to have a conversation with us about working together please get in touch via [email protected] 12 generous PLC18 sponsors   We hosted the 4th annual private land conservation conference, PLC18, in Brisbane with the generous support of 12 sponsors. The conference brought together participants from all corners of Australia to celebrate private land conservation, showcase on-ground achievements and discuss common challenges. Survey feedback reported 87% of delegates are very likely to attend PLC19 in Adelaide hosted by Nature Foundation SA from 8 to 10 October 2019! See you there 👋😉 Check out the video from the event here 👉  PLC18: Australian land Conservation Alliance (ALCA) conference Ant Plant Reserve  Help us to permanently protect Ant Plant Reserve in tropical north Queensland, home to precious species including cassowaries and mahogany gliders both listed in the top 20 species within Australia’s Threatened Species strategy. DONATE NOW Whiptail photo by Caleb McElrea and Flatback Turtle by Holly Trim.  Share Tweet Forward Copyright © 2018 Queensland Trust For Nature, All rights reserved.Our mailing address is: [email protected] Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. […]