Wildlife Corridors Workshop

Even insects, like this pollinating native bee, need corridors

Even insects, like this pollinating native bee, need corridors

Where: Kooralbyn (Ramada Resort, Kooralbyn)

When: 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday 3rd August (see below for provisional program)

Why: To look at the needs of local species to move, seasonally or otherwise, and what we can do to facilitate it

Keynote speaker: Prof Ross Goldingay (see below)

Free entry (BYO lunch or buy it at the Resort)

Many thanks to our sponsor Ramada Resort Kooralbyn, who are very supportive in many  ways

Background

The first theme we chose for the Scenic Rim branch of Wildlife Queensland some years ago was “Wildlife Needs to Move.” Some need to move seasonal, others nomadically following flowers, fruits, fish or other resources, others occasionally if severe drought, fire or other disaster make their home range unliveable. Young animals need to Ove out into new territories. If movements are restricted populations can become inbred, with a rise of deleterious genes making their persistence into the future less likely.

See http://scenicrim.wildlife.org.au/wildlife/wildlife-corridors/ for details

We have also spent a couple of years looking at the distribution of gliders in the Scenic Rim, especially squirrel gliders, since they are dependant on low-altitude open forests which are not as well protected as the tall dense forests preferred by other glider species.

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See http://scenicrim.wildlife.org.au/projects/gliders-of-the-scenic-rim-an-on-going-study/what-the-glider-study-is-all-about/ for some background on this, and related pages for results of some of our surveys.

We now have funding for the establishment of wildlife corridors for gliders, thanks both to the Scenic Rim Regional Council and a special fund-raising effort by the central branch of Wildlife Queensland.

Corridors can also be planned that also protect movement routes for other species, from koalas and turtles to bees and butterflies.

Come along and hear about our local wildlife and what they need, and discuss what we can do about it and how you can be involved.

Keynote speaker:  Prof Ross Goldingay of Southern Cross University, expert on gliders and the use of glider poles

Our venue and sponsor:

 Ramada Resort Kooralbyn

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Ramada Resort, Kooralbyn

Kooralbyn is near the centre of the Scenic Rim, and amidst patches of the low-altitude open forest favoured by squirrel gliders

Provisional program

9.30am Welcome and overview of project

9.40am Why animals (and plants) need to move

10.00am Overview of wildlife of the Scenic Rim and their movement needs

10.20am Morning tea

10.50am Glider corridors and the use of glider poles – Prof Ross Goldingay

11.20am Current plans for glider corridors in the scenic Rim

11.35am Corridors for other mammals, birds and lizards

11.50am Nesting boxes and carved hollows – Cara Parsons, post-grad, Griffith University

12.05 pm Lunch

1.00pm Corridors for frogs and turtles – what do we need to know?

1.15pm Corridors for plants via seed dispersers and pollinators

1.35pm Corridors for butterflies

1.45pm Corridors for native bees – Alexandra Griffiths, Little Bees Secret Garden, Canungra

2.00pm General discussion – what is needed in the Scenic Rim to ensure movements of our native species?

2.30pm Afternoon tea

2.50pm The importance of monitoring and how to do it

3.00pm General discussion – continuation

3.30pm Where to from here?  Plans for surveys, mapping of routes, monitoring, planting, poles, nest boxes, other shelters, aftercare of plants, collaborations between organisations, need for volunteers etc.

4.30pm Close

 

A scene in Kooralbyn. We still have quite a lot of habitat in the Scenic Rim. How do we keep it that way and fill gaps needed for wildlife corridors?

A scene in Kooralbyn. We still have quite a lot of habitat in the Scenic Rim. How do we keep it that way and fill gaps needed for wildlife corridors?