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